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“From The Past To Present”
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.
New York City, New York
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“From The Past To Present”
Reviewed June 10, 2013

We took a walking tour from the Tourist Center which included a visit to the first social housing project. 147 four room apts (2 bedrooms, kitchen & living room). Large compared to some NYC apts. Though updated, the requirements for admittance remain the same today: must be of limited interest, honest, catholic and recite the Lord's Prayer everyday. Yearly rent remains the same as in the 1500's. Less than one euro per year plus utilities. My favorite aspect was how each of the doorbells were different.

Visited May 2013
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“Historical social housing still in use”
Reviewed May 26, 2013

The Fuggerei is the oldest social housing project in Europe - and it's still in use. You can walk around the area, visit a museum and two show-apartments. One apartment shows the historical house, the other a modern version. There's also a little Biergarten and shop (run by the community) and a WWII-bunker. The latter has some history from the Fuggerei during the WWII. There's a church here too.

The walk around the area doesn't take long, but it's interesting to see the small details on the walls and roofs. You can't enter other apartments than the two, as people live there, but the area itself gives a good impression of the life here. You're almost certain to see a few of the people living here too.

Visited May 2013
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Macon, Georgia
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“Little houses”
Reviewed May 18, 2013

Located an easy walk from the rest of the tourist sites in Augsburg, this collection of buildings was a quick stop. Aside from one historic unit/museum and one more modern unit you can tour, the rest of the complex is private residences. There is also a chapel and a bomb shelter you can walk through without any additional fees.

Visited May 2013
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Fairbanks, Alaska, United States
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“Unique and interesting”
Reviewed April 28, 2013

A fascinating "living history" museum - the oldest "social settlement" in the world. It was established in 1521 by the wealthy Fugger family, to provide housing for needy citizens. Most of the cozy apartments are still occupied, but 2 are set up as "show flats", and there is also a bunker explaining the WWII history of the settlement. Informative English brochure available.

Visited April 2013
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Ghent, Belgium
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“The oldest social housing residence in the world”
Reviewed April 16, 2013

Fuggerei is the oldest social housing residence in the world. It dates from 1521 and people pay only 0,88 euros a year. You can walk around in the neighbourhood and see how people used to live in these cosy houses in the beginning and nowadays. It's really worth a visit.

Visited April 2013
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