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Theodor-heuss-str. 30, Ingolstadt 85055
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A model from the salesman's catalogue
Neues Schloss, riverside facade
Kreuztor from the inward side
Travel Tips for Ingolstadt
Beer: The Birthplace of Reinheitsgebot
Beer lovers should make a pilgrimage to Ingolstadt: Here is where the famous German Reinheitsgebot originates. The law about the purity of beer states that no other ingredients may be used in the production but hop, barley, and water. This law was first published in 1516 in Ingolstadt for the Duchy of Bavaria. It spread out and was adopted all over the country.
EU regulations forced Germany to abide this law in 1988 and allow foreign beers on the market that contain other ingredients, for example preservatives. However, in Germany the rule is still valid. Most German breweries (except those that produce for export) stick with the Reinheitsgebot for quality and marketing reasons, and advertise loudly that they do. The average German beer consumer is conscious about quality and does not want those crappy 'artificial' beers with ingredients that just don't belong into a beer.
There are beers which are made not from barley but from other types of grain, like wheat (Weizen, Weißbier) and, rarely, rye. These must be classified as such on the label. To these, however, the same rules apply concerning the other two only ingredients, water and hop. Ingolstadt has four large breweries and a number of microbrewery-pubs in the old town. I did not stay long enough to try them all. Herrnbräu is quite good - cannot tell how it compares to the others.
Ingolstadt has some nice places to run. No hills (unless you think a bridge is a hill).
Hindenburg park-- a greenbelt that circles the city, just outside the old wall. There's a very nice path most of the way around (it kind of fizzles out in the eastern quadrant, just north of the Danube). If you circle the city and cross the Danube at the foot bridge by the castle and run along the south side of the river you'll run between 5 and 6km.
Another nice run is to the west of town. Start on the north side of the Danube and run west under the Glacisbrüke (the big bridge to the west of the Altstadt with the wavy sidewalks that old people have to push their bikes up because the waves are too steep, also known to locals who've lived in Ingolstadt longer than me as "the new bridge."). Just after you pass (west) under the Glacisbrüke, a dirt trail branches to the left. Follow that and you'll end up on a nice dirt single track trail along the Danube. You'd think you were miles from civilization. Until you get to the dam anyway. You can cross south over the dam and follow a nice trail on the south side of the river back to the Glacisbrüke. I don't know the distance--maybe 3 or 4 km round trip.
If you want to run farther, start at the same place above, except instead of returning at the dam, you can continue running along the river to probably Austria, or veer right about a kilometer from the dam and run around the Baggersee. I dont know the distance around--maybe 5km? Running store: http://www.sport-in.net/_sportin/home.asp
Ingolstadt's city hall was first mentioned in 1321 but is probably even older. In the run of the centuries it has seen several changes. Its present appearance was shaped in 1883 when the old town hall, the chancellery and the adjacent parsonage of St Moritz were combined and refurbished with neorenaissance facades.
The church of St Moritz with its big steeple, unfortunately behind scaffolding at the moment, is right behind the city hall. City hall and Moritzkirche together form a photogenic view (photo on my intro page) on the northern side of Rathausplatz, they seem to be one single complex of buildings but they aren't.
The slender tower of the city hall used to be a watchtower. The tower is named Pfeifturm ("whistle tower") after the whistle of the watchman who lived up there.
Better ignore the New City Hall on the Western side of the square, an ugly 1960s block.
Important for visitors: The ground floor hosts the tourist information.
A Wombat in Ingolstadt
Hopping the pretty streets in the old town...
Mommy and I went to Ingolstadt for a weekend because Mommy attended some kind of event. I did not exactly understand what it was about but it involved female humans only. In other words, a male wombat was not allowed to join. **Grumbles something unfriendly about feminism, speciesism and antiplushanimalism**
Anyway, Mommy knows how much I love travel and seeing new places, and since she also loves travel and new places, we went earlier and left a day later so we had time to see the city and its attractions, and of course have a wombat photo session or several.
Dear fans from Ingolstadt, I have finally written those texts on my pages ;-)
Sunday: Castle and Town Wall
The castle is so big that it does not fit into a normal photo. Holding the camera diagonally did the trick.
Then we walked around the complex. The castle is surrounded by a deep moat. There is no water in it but they grow apple trees in there. The trees were full of yummy-looking red apples but I could not reach them, not even as King Kong.
Close to the castle they have a bit of the medieval town wall. Houses are built along it, usuing the town wall as their back wall.
The outer side of the wall has the gardens that belong to those houses.
These semi-round towers were part of the wall. Now they are part of the houses.
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