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“A must see when visiting Augsburg”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Fuggerei

Fuggerei
Ranked #1 of 76 things to do in Augsburg
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Owner description: The world's oldest social settlement, this estate houses 200 impoverished Catholic tenants.
Portland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“A must see when visiting Augsburg”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 5, 2012

The world's oldest social housing complex still in use provides an interesting view of houses first built between 1514 to 1523. Each housing unit has its own street entrance and is of 500-700 square feet including a bedroom, kitchen, entrance room and small spare room. Visitors will appreciate the unique doorbells on each housing unit which helps anyone to identify the entrance, even in the dark. Inhabitants must have lived in Augsburg a minimum of two years, be of the Catholic faith, and without monetary means. They pay less than one euro rent per year. One housing unit has been made into a museum and is available for viewing.

Visited October 2012
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“Very unique - a must see”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 27, 2012

We had read about this "earliest social housing " estate. It vwas fascinating and worth a couple of hours. There is a church, a museum with an apartment as it would have been, plus one set up for the current day use, and the air raid shelter with museum. The small cafe was good for lunch.

Visited October 2012
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Greater Munich
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 219 helpful votes
“Not worth the trip?”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 30, 2012

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.

Visited September 2012
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Woodland, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
“Not what you'd expect, across the board”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 27, 2012

must see.
They have actual homes, open to visitors. Entry fee 4 euros, but
here at least, you know its gonna help them manage the place for the subsidized rate of 1 EURO per month

Visited September 2012
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Charlotte, North Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Not worth the trip!”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 20, 2012

I’m baffled why this place is so high on Trip Advisor. If it were me, I’d skip Augsberg all together. There are no signs in the city to help you get here, it’s amazing we even found it. You basically pay money to walk into a housing community. You can’t go into any of the houses, they don’t even have an example of what one looks like inside. The only thing you can really do is go into the bunker used during the war. And everything is in German, no English. You really want to go? Really?

Visited October 2011
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