Easy walking distance from downtown Augsburg, a small city that has more to offer tourists than one might think, the Kulturmuseum is an addition to the large shul/temple/synagogue that is in the same building. Frankly, the synagogue is the most impressive thing here. Surprisingly massive, but without a congregation to speak of, I surmise that it is maintained by government money. The hallmark of the synagogue is the giant dome. Upstairs in the sanctuary, there is a large balcony where the women sat during prayer. Impressive building about as large as the largest synagogues in the U.S.
In an adjoining area is the small Jewish museum, which is a memorial to the Jewish life in Germany that was extinguished by the Nazis. Some interesting stuff, but not nearly as substantial as the Jewish Museum in Berlin, which covers similar territory. Downstairs, there is a small coffee shop and bookstore. When in Augsburg, this place is well worth visiting if only to see what Jewish culture in Germany had been like.
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