The Bavarian city of Ingolstadt is a treasure trove of wonders and discovery. It was first mentioned as “Ingoldes stat” in a document of Charlemagne from 806 and the city was eventually named as Ingolstadt in the mid 13th century. Dubbed as the fourth largest city in Bavaria, Ingolstadt is an important city which has contributed much throughout the centuries. Ingolstadt was the scene of various different wars, such as the Swedish Invasion, the German Peasants’ War, and the two World Wars. Despite its troubled past, Ingolstadt is a beautiful thriving city located near the Donau River. With so many things to see, we’ve compiled a list of top 10 best things to do here just for you.
1. Audi Museum
If you’re a car fanatic or simply love cars, you’ve got to visit the Audi Museum. You’ll learn about the history of this famous brand and come face to face with the different varieties of Audi car models over the years. The place is filled with all sorts of interesting and cool exhibits which will leave you craving more. Once you’re done touring the museum, drop by the Audi gift shop and get your very own Audi merchandise here.
Address: Auto-Union-Straße 1, 85045 Ingolstadt, Germany
Website: Audi Museum (In German)
2. Asamkirche Maria De Victoria
The beautiful baroque church of Maria De Victoria is a church with fine and interesting architecture. It was designed by the renowned brothers, Cosmas Damian and Egid Quirin Asam, in the 18th century. The interior of the church is huge and lavish with detailed elegant paintings on the ceiling. Despite the age of the church, the altarpiece is even older than the church and dates back to the late 17th century.
Asamkirche Maria De Victoria
Address: Neubaustraße 11/2, 85049 Ingolstadt, Germany
3. German Medical History Museum
Housed in an old Baroque building, the German Medical History Musuem has many different exhibitions about the history of medicine. They’ve got over 1,000 medical objects which date back from bygone eras. These include items from ancient Egypt, East Asia and much more. They’ve even got ancient Roman tablets as well. Dwell inside here and discover the mysteries and miracles in medical history; this includes the first ever sterilizer used in an operating theater.
German Medical History Museum
Address: Anatomiestraße 18-20, 85049 Ingolstadt, Germany
Website: German Medical History Museum
4. New Castle
Not to be confused with Newcastle in England, this New Castle is an actual castle which is not that new either. Regardless, this castle was once one of the most important places in Ingolstadt. It was built by Duke Ludwig VII of Bavaria-Inglostadt and Duke George of Rich. Duke Ludwig VII was the brother of the then French queen, Isabeau. He ordered the construction of the castle which followed Gothic French architecture during the 15th century. The castle is now a beautiful testament of intriguing Gothic architecture and it currently houses the Bavarian Army Museum.
Address: Paradepl. 4, 85049 Ingolstadt, Germany
Website: New Castle
5. Wildpark am Baggersee
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A trip to the Wildpark on Baggersee is a must if you’d like to experience the animals in the “wild.” Spanning to about 14 hectares (35 acres), the Wildpark has existed since 1972 in a bid to protect at least five species of animals which are native to Germany. These include wild boars, fallow deer, and a few others, some of which were almost driven to extinction before. About 50 animals live in this park and you can go on a “deer hunt” to find these animals in the area.
Wildpark am Baggersee
Address: Oberschüttweg, 85049 Ingolstadt, Germany
Now regarded as an important landmark in Ingolstadt, the Kreuztor was once the western gateway to the city center of Ingolstadt during medieval times. It was part of a series of gates which stretched across the city wall during the 14th century. Only two of these gates have survived the test of time. The Kreuztor is a seven-turreted guard tower which allowed its keepers to scan far and wide for potential threats during that time. If you’re around here, it’s the perfect place for you to take a pause and admire the complex medieval architecture.
Address: Kreuzstraße, 85049 Ingolstadt, Germany
The Liebfrauenmünster is a Catholic parish church which was commissioned by Duke Ludwig VII of Bavaria-Ingolstadt in the 15th century. It was supposed to be his sepulchral church but it did not happen since he died prematurely. The portrait of the Virgin Mary was given to the church and hence, its name. The towers of this gothic church were never finished and it stands as it is until today. The church also became a university church in the 14th century and was heavily ornamented during the Baroque era.
Address: Kreuzstraße 1, 85049 Ingolstadt, Germany
Website: Liebfrauenmünster (In German)
8. Museum of World War I (Bavarian Army Museum)
Have a peak into one of the most brutal wars in recent history. You’ll get a full insight into the hearts and minds of soldiers during the war with personal notes and experiences which can jolt your inner soul. Even more, you’ll also discover accounts of the sufferings and deprivations that families faced during the war.
Museum of World War I (Bavarian Army Museum)
Address: Regimentstraße 2, 85051 Ingolstadt, Germany
9. Reduit Tilly
The Reduit Tilly served as the last bastion of defense for the royal family in the event of war. It was one of the most important fortresses in Ingolstadt. Today, the fortress houses the Museum of World War I. There are also various other things to do in the fortress complex. There’s a children’s playground for them to play and you can have a walk or have a pint at a beer garden nearby. There is also a sensory garden in the compound where you can smell the aroma of various different flora and fauna here. The area surrounding Reduit Tilly was re-purposed as a park for the 1992 State Flower Show in the city.
Address: Reduit Tilly, 85051 Ingolstadt, Germany
Website: Reduit Tilly
10. Fort Haslang Park
Fort Haslang Park is also another green getaway conveniently located in the city center. As the name suggests, it was part of a defense system called Fort Haslang which was completed in 1872. It was named after a Bavarian officer and the fort served as a strategic point for almost 80 years. The area was turned into a 14-hectare (35-acre) park with wide open meadows. More than 300 trees and about 3,000 shrubs were planted here. There are various recreational facilities here such as the water playground, a volleyball court and a skating facility.
Fort Haslang Park
Address: Simone-de-Beauvoir-Straße 15, 85049 Ingolstadt, Germany
Website: Fort Haslang Park (in German)
Delve into Ingolstadt
The beautiful city of Ingolstadt is a treasure trove of stunning architecture and history. With our top 10 list of awesome things to do, you’ll have a brilliant time exploring this magnificent place. So what are you waiting for? It’s time to pack up and depart on an exciting adventure here in Ingolstadt.
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