Hotel Im Gvz Ingolstadt
Pascalstrasse 6, Ingolstadt, Germany, 85057, DE
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Gateway for pedestrians and bikes only
Inscription on Tilly House
Travel Tips for Ingolstadt
The City of Ingolstadt Flag and Arms
Ingolstadt received city rights in the 13th century. The oldest known seal dates from the same time, and shows St. Mauritius, the patron saint of the local church. On the second seal, known since 1314 he holds a small shield with the panther. Since around 1340 only the panther is used on the seals and arms of the city. The origin of the panther is not known. It may be that the panther is derived from the seal and arms of the Niederalteich Convent, that had strong ties with the city in the 13th century. The panther may also be taken from the arms of the Counts-Palatine of the Ortenburg dynasty, who used a panther. A relation between these and the city, however, is not clear.
Pioniere in Ingolstadt
Ingolstadt always was and still is a town influenced by its military. During the time of the Kingdom of Bavaria, Ingolstadt was build as the last ressort for the kings if they would have had to flee their residence in Munich ("Landesfestung Ingolstadt"). Later on Ingolstadt became famous through its large numbers of Pioneer (Engineer) soldiers stationed in and around the town.
In 19th century, Ingolstadt's Elisabeth Fleisser wrote a theater piece titled "Pioniere in Ingolstadt" which dealt with the relations between the soldiers and the town's female inhabitants. The play was first put on stage by Bert Brecht in Berlin, with whom Fleisser had a love affair. This led to the long-time marking of Fleisser as persona non grata in Ingolstadt.
Todays the Pioneer Troop is stationed over large areas in the south-east of Ingolstadt and they often train around and on the Danube. So if you are technically interested try to go there when they have training and watch them building bridges over the wide waters of the Danube stream (look it up in the local daily newspaper "Donaukurier").
By the way: I served most of my military duty in the Pioneer Brigade 60 "Bavarian Lion" - but mostly not on the river ;-)
Kreuztor, Ingolstadt's Landmark
Kreuztor on the western side of the old town is the most beautiful of its medieval gate towers. An inscription dates the gate to the year 1385. It is built from bricks with a few ornaments in white limestone.
The old town gate is completely preserved. It still has the outer gatewhich is connected with the tower by walls on both sides to form a small bailey.
Photographers: The gate tower and the steeples of Münster church behind make an impressive panorama from the outward side. Take care, though, when looking for the best spot to take a photo because this is a very busy intersection of three major streets. The best spot would be in the middle of a road. Beware.
Despite having lived in Munich for some time, I had never the opportunity to visit this charming town.
But on the year 2000 a business trip brought me to the Audi AG headquarters and I finally visited the city.
Its Altstadt (oldtown) is indeed very beautiful, worth of a walk around, as is also the Danube banks on the southern border of the Altstadt.
Saturday: Waiting, Sleeping, Planning
Saturday was spent in the burrow, eh hotel room. Mommy was once more participating in an event that would not allow wombats to join.
So I had to kill a long boring day.
In the morning a lady came and cleaned the room but she did not speak to me.
I sat on my lookout on the shelf for a while but then decided to take a nice long nap on Mommy's pillow.
When I woke up I dug out the map and started planning the sightseeing tour for the following day.
Of course I wanted to see the castle.
And a bit of the fortress. There are several of those strange buildings left all around the old town.