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The world's oldest social settlement, this estate houses 200 impoverished Catholic tenants.
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  • Minnou
    United Kingdom457 contributions
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    Excellent- a must to visit
    Absolutely fantastic . A social housing project, even if it is the worlds oldest doesn’t sound like a hugely interesting place to visit. However we really enjoyed our visit and spent much longer than we thought we would. Very interesting collection of artefacts,photos, news articles and personal reminiscences in the Air raid shelter and an account of the bombing in February 1944. There’s a good English language website, and exhibits are labelled in German and English.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 20 July 2023
  • periandro
    Luxembourg City, Luxembourg10,004 contributions
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    Amazing residential area
    The Fuggerei is an residential area for poor catholic citizens in Augsburg. Nowadays it's the oldest social settlement in the world. It was founded by Jakob Fugger in the first quarter of the sixteenth century. It's a unique development in many aspects, such as those of layout and extension. Therefore, it's the materialisation of the own idea of he founder, who didn't inspire himself in existing models. That complex of houses was heavily damaged during the Second World War, on the occasion of the bomb raids having taken place in February 1944. About three quarters of the whole complex was then destroyed. Fortunately, it was afterwards reconstructed and even extended. It's an amazing development where, though it might seem unbelievable, the occupants pay less than 1 euro rent per year (utilities excluded). The descendants of the founder had a church built in that area, St. Markus church, at the end of the same century in which the foundation took place. Besides there are three museums which can be visited. The Fuggerei contributes significantly to the support of people in need. Another requirement for being admitted as residents in the Fuggerei, apart from being poor and catholic, is to have lived at least for two years in Augsburg. It's convenient to know that when moving to an apartment in the Fuggerei, the new residents receive, together with the keys, a portrait of Jakob Fugger, and most of them hang the pertinent portrait in the corridor. The visit to that residential area brings about a soul stirring experience. It's very pleasant to walk around the streets within the enclosure containing the different houses of which the development consists. The peace of the atmosphere in that environment without traffic brings also peace of mind to sensible people. Apart from that, the houses are very nice and attractive, so that the sight thereof is pleasing. Their façades are very well decorated with plants and artistic elements, such as statuettes. In addition, through the visit to the museums there existing one can have a rather accurate idea about the interior of the houses concerned, the pertinent furniture and the conditions of living in the abodes in question. Everything is utterly interesting. Therefore, the visit to that development is highly recommended.
    Visited September 2022
    Travelled solo
    Written 31 August 2023
  • Victoria
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    Super interesting
    This community was founded back in the 1500s as a place where Augsburg's poor could live in a safe environment. 500 years later, the mission hasn't changed and the community is still thriving. It's a lovely community, very peaceful. There are several museums spread around that cover various aspects, including the community members themselves and daily life in the apartments. If you take the official Augsburg city walking tour, admission to the Fuggerei is included. But it's also nice to visit on your own as a way of supporting the community.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 21 September 2023
  • Travel with Sean
    Madison, Wisconsin536 contributions
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    Cool Piece of History
    Fuggeri is the world’s oldest housing development. It started with 52 two-story houses completed in 1523. It’s named after Jakob Fugger who endowed the city of Augsburg with a enough money to not only build this housing project for the city’s Catholic poor, but also to establish a fund to keep the rent low. Rent currently is at 88 cents euro per year.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 19 April 2024
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Travel with Sean
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Sept 2023 • Couples
Fuggeri is the world’s oldest housing development. It started with 52 two-story houses completed in 1523. It’s named after Jakob Fugger who endowed the city of Augsburg with a enough money to not only build this housing project for the city’s Catholic poor, but also to establish a fund to keep the rent low. Rent currently is at 88 cents euro per year.
Written 20 April 2024
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Dantravelmaster
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July 2020 • Family
The oldest social housing complex still in operation today. Donated by the Fuggers, back then apparently the richest family on the planet. Heavy influence on European politics around 1500. We booked a tour by a private guide, which paid off as he had a PhD in history and could explain everything very well, especially the interconnection between politics, religion, economics etc.
Written 18 July 2020
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AllanJGJ
Wellington, New Zealand4,194 contributions
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Apr 2023 • Couples
While 'the world's oldest social housing complex' might not jump out as an obvious tourist attraction you should still try and visit Fuggerei if you're in Augsburg. The idea that people have been living here for 500 years as part of a community-funded facility is appealing and you can add some interesting buildings (including a WW2 air-raid shelter) to that. There are a number of houses set up as small museums to talk about the kind of people who have been tenants here and what their lifestyle looked like. Brilliant. And appealing that it was (is?) private-sector driven. A fascinating slice of social history.
Written 7 May 2023
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Travel with Sean
Madison, WI23 contributions
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Sept 2023 • Couples
This is the oldest housing development in the world. It also has one of the lowest (if not the lowest) rent in the world. It was created because Jacob Fugger endowed the City of Augsburg with money to build a housing develop a housing development for the city's Catholic poor. There is a fee to go into the housing development to look around.
Written 5 May 2024
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mikepr59
BASINGSTOKE158 contributions
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Sept 2022 • Couples
Visited whilst in Augsburg. Not far from town centre . Fascinating place . Amazing to learn about the principles and success behind the place . All the displays were both in English and German so really informative . Some of videos also had English subtitles. Well worth a visit
Written 10 September 2022
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Maria Ligaya
Auckland, New Zealand526 contributions
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Nov 2021 • Couples
This location is one that should not be missed if you are already in the area.
It was as if I had been transported to another era. It is professionally managed, and there are unique anecdotes related with each house that may be heard as one walks through the neighborhood. Just make sure you keep the locals in mind and treat their property with the utmost deference. There are still people living in that part of the neighborhood. It's a great spot for photography, however you should try to avoid taking pictures of the locals.
Written 8 October 2022
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Minnou
United Kingdom457 contributions
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June 2023 • Couples
Absolutely fantastic . A social housing project, even if it is the worlds oldest doesn’t sound like a hugely interesting place to visit. However we really enjoyed our visit and spent much longer than we thought we would.
Very interesting collection of artefacts,photos, news articles and personal reminiscences in the Air raid shelter and an account of the bombing in February 1944. There’s a good English language website, and exhibits are labelled in German and English.
Written 21 July 2023
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Sabine W
Shawnee, KS247 contributions
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Aug 2022 • Solo
Spent a few hours exploring the Fuggerei. Impressive and interesting history. Make sure you also visit the old air raid shelter on the property. Well worth it if you are a history buff.
Written 3 September 2022
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unescotravelbug
Wooster, OH4,604 contributions
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Aug 2014 • Friends
Before I came to Augsburg I knew nothing about the Fugger family. When I left the city I was well informed by the family's wealth, social-economical status and political influences to the City and Germany's imperial power. The main attractions in town, whether you are impressed or not, are very much related to the Fugger family.
The Fuggerei, a walled community living quarter and a subsidized housing program within the city of Augsburg, is the world's oldest social housing complex still in use. Founded in 1516 by Jakob Fugger the Rich and his brothers, it's the social settlement for the needy citizens of Augsburg since 1521 and today the residents still only pay 0.88 euros annual rent(except electricity) with 3 conditions and contracts- be a catholic faith; in need but never in debt; and say 3 prayers daily- Lord's Prayer, Hail Mary, and the Nicene Creed- for the Fugger family.The five gates are still locked every day at 10 PM. Residents must pay a small fee to enter the gate after a late night outing.
The Fuggerei, in a sense, is similar to a small independent medieval town still functions today. The whole community structure was heavily damaged and 730 people lose their lives during the air raids in 1944. The Fugger foundation took many years to reconstruct and restored the houses to the conditions we see today. There are currently 67 houses, arranged in linear layouts, each house occupied two residences in upper and lower levels. While strolling down the streets and alleys, you do want to pay attentions to some very unique architecture characters and genius designs that are rarely seen in the modern day: on the wall there are still a few houses with the original house numbers; each house has it own bell pull hung by the front door and each was made with unique shape so that residents could distinguish their houses from others; a built-in remote door open/close handle bar nearby an opened wall enabled residents open/close the door, see the person without leaving the living room; the niches built on the outer walls with statues of the Madonna with baby Jesus, Angels or Catholic saints; the different shapes of Russian Chimneys; the characteristic Gothic corbie gable, the old pump well station; the painted (restored) sun dial on the facade of the St. Markus; the statue of Jakob Fugger the Rich in the shady park;a reconstructed WWII bunker with photos and wartime gadgets; the Fugger's own coat of arms Lily can be seen within the community. Along with those special features, a few houses are pointed out in the brochure: Mozart's great grandfather Franz Mozart was once lived in upstairs of no.14 on Mittlere Gasse; The Fugger's own family chapel St.Markus is at the entrance; The Fuggerei Museum on Mittlere Gasse 13 and 14 display the residents' living quarter and Fugger's family global business management. The water fountain on Mittlere Gasse was the site of the community water reservoir; City water, at ancient time, was drawn from it free of charge. The house where a mother was accused by her daughter for practicing sorcery, she was beheaded and burnt to death. The houses where residents with syphilis were treated.
I consider this place on the top of visitor's lists. The entry fee is 4 euros, or discount at 3 euros if you buy 2-days hotel ticket card from the Tourist Information office (cost 7 euros, must show proof of your hotel reservation, allow using free public transportation and reduced price for the museums listed on the brochure.). Here is the Fuggerei's own website http://www.fugger.de/en/fuggerei.html
Written 14 January 2015
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Chris_and_Jas
Greater Munich165 contributions
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Sept 2012 • Couples
Reading the negative remarks in the review further down actually leaves me speechless. Where do I start? Maybe by telling you that I've grown up in this neighbourhood. I'm a local, living not far from the Fuggerei for more than 40 years.
Getting there is incredibly simple. It's a short walk of 5 to 6 minutes from the city center. There are several signs indicating the way. Furthermore, literally every single resident of "Augsberg" knows where the Fuggerei is. The vast majority of people is fluent enough in English to show you the way. Tram and Buses stop right in front of the Fuggerei. Start right at the central tourist information and you can't miss it - given you're capable of making one single turn to the right at the Rathaus.
Yes, there is a small entrance fee of four euros. But it goes directly to the non-profit organisation running and conserving that place. Of course you cannot simply run into the houses. This is because real indigent people live there until today. I can well understand that they do not want to show tourists around in the privacy of their homes. That's the reason why there's a wonderful model apartment which is open from 8 am to 8 pm - even in September.
The TA member from North Carolina complains about the lack of English in the Fuggerei. Well, the entire homepage can be read in English. There are brochures available in English at the entrance. And at the front office you can book guided tours for as much as 3 euros per person in 13 different languages with English being one of them.
The Fuggerei might not be as spectacular as the Eiffel Tower or the Statue of Liberty. But the idea behind the place is unique. The concept works until today, offering free and decent housing for people in need. And the scenery itself is lovely, pittoresque and charming.
The Fuggerei is the oldest social settlement in existence in the entire world. And one of the most outstanding sights that the historic city of "Augsberg" has to offer. With a minimum of commitment and travel preparation you will most definitely enjoy your visit at this exceptional and very welcoming place.
Written 30 September 2012
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