Every time I visit Ingolstadt; I am never fail to be impressed by what I see when I sit inside the Asam Church - Maria de Victoria Congregation Hall. There is an impressive and phenomenal ceiling fresco by Cosmas Damian Asam.
"It is only possible to appreciate the true magnificence of the baroque "Maria de Victoria" Congregation Hall, also known as the "Asam Church", when it is seen from the inside, as it does not have a forecourt or towers and is somewhat hidden away in the old town."
There are "two exceptionally valuable artistic treasures" which decorate the church which was built between 1732 and 1736. The building was the student oratory for the Marian Student Congregation.
The first treasure is the ceiling fresco as noted above, painted by Cosmas Damian Asam, he was the most famous Bavarian Baroque artist. The fresco is a "masterly achievement in perspective" - it is the largest flat ceiling fresco in the world of some 42 metres by 16 metres. By the way, to appreciate the perspective aspects of the fresco, you need to go and experience the strange experience of being followed around by an archer and the eyes of an elephant, and the fact that the pyramid of Rameses II looks as if it will collapse apart from one spot in the church.
The second treasure which was completed in 1708 is a monstrance and it now stands in the treasure chamber. The filigree work of art, set in gold and silver represents the victory of Christians against the Turks in the sea battel of Lepanto. It has been describved as the most valuable monstrance in the world.
The Kreuztor is the best preserved gateways and leads into the old town from the west. Four small towers and some limestone decorations embellish the red brick gateway tower.
It dates from the late 14th century, a romantic witness to medieval architecture. It was once part of the massive second ring of city fortification, and is now regarded as an iconic landmark of the city of Ingolstadt.
This is an excellent museum, which outlines the history of the Bavarian Army. There are many displays showing war paintings, uniforms, medals and weaponary from medieval times up until the 20th Century.
It is also home to an exhibition space, and during previous visits there have been visiting exhibitions ranging from Islamic Art to the 60 Anniversary of the Bavarian Police.
There is an excellent view of the castle grounds from the building.
The Bavarian Army Museum is the oldest museum of military history in Germany.
The Redoubt was constructed as part of the city defences. It is located across the Danube from the Old City and the Neues Schloss. Located within the Klenze Park, the structure is a unique example of German fortification architecture.
The Reduit Tilly is part of the Bavarian Army Museum and presents the history of The Great War (WWI).
Located at the Adenauer Bridge, on the edge of the old town; the Astronomy Park is one of the most illuminating models of planetary orbits in Germany. It conveys, clearly, the size of our solar system.
As an aside, Ingolstadt was home to the astronomer Christoph Scheiner:
He was appointed a Professor at the Hohe Schule, his diwsciplines were Astronomy and Hebrew. His works on astronomy, optics and the human eye enjoyed high acclaim. In March 1611, Scheiner who was a Jesuit, was in the tower of the Heilig- Kreuz Kirche and was one of the first to discover the existence of sunspots.
The museum is located at the AUDI Forum - the round building. It’s all very high tech and sophisticated.
It houses a wide range of vehicles going back to the early 20th century and some - especially the older ones - are beautiful. They also have quite a few motorcycles on display.
A centrepiece is a revolving display of modern models, but sadly it had broken down when we were there. The cars could still be seen, but not all from close up. Some of the rally cars and the Le Mans model were extra interesting.
Highly recommended if you're a petrolhead, and also if (like me) you're not.
The tourist information office produces a very useful map/brochure with a route for walking around the old town.
It's not too strenuous, although in my case it was 35c that day and I had just arrived from more "temperate" Scottyland (16c) with no time to acclimatise, so I struggled after a couple of hours. Good excuse to find a beer garden of course!
How long it takes really depends on whether you go into everything along the way, or just look and move on.
Address below is for the information office. The tour starts there...
My walking tour was all about (i) getting a quick impression of the old town and (ii) deciding which things I'd like to come back to visit properly.
This is on the "must see next time" list.
It is the German Museum of the History of Medicine. Built in a baroque "orangerie" style starting in 1723, it was the medical faculty of the state university, and sits in a delightful garden full of plants with medicinal qualities (opium poppies, for example).
We only took in the garden, and next time around I'll go inside!
I did go around the inside in March 11. My guide was a local doctor, so I was very well informed! Well worth a few minutes.
Construction of the "new castle" was begun in 1418. These days it is the Bavarian Military Museum.
This is another of the sights I have earmarked to come back to. so on my visit I only saw the exterior.
Even that is impressive, however, with several large cannons in a large courtyard and a beautiful baroque clocktower at the entrance.
...also known as the Asam Church.
Sorry - no photos. Flash photography is not allowed inside and I didn't know how to eliminate the flash on my new Nikon. Couldn't get a decent angle of the exterior - quite a tall building accessed from a narrow street.
Built between 1732 & 1736, it is reknowned for two features - the frescoed ceiling by Cosmas Damian Asam (the most famous Bavarian baroque artist), and the most valuable monstrance in the world.
I'm not sure what the function of a monstrance is (not being Catholic) but it is a large chunk of gold & silver, which I suspect gets waved at the congregation by the priest. I know what ceilings are for.
Both are impressive.
I visited in August 2011.
History of Audi company is shown in the museum. You can see various cars and motorcycles with stylish bodies (especially, old typed ones) and why the Audi symbol of 4 circles were formed.
Besides the museum, there are an Audi goods shop and a cafe in the area. You can enjoy German beer and talking about Audi.
Admission fee w/o guided tour costs 2 euro.
I can't believe this little gem of a park doesn't show up on the Ingolstadt Old Town Walking Tour map. Everyone I've shown it to loves it.
It's a scale model of our solar system with each planet portrayed in its relative distance from the sun and in its proportional size. In about 50 meters, you can walk among the planets and the dog poop from the Sun to Pluto.
Well, not actually Pluto. In a mysterious side note, in early 2006, only about 6 months before the International Astronomical Union declared that Pluto is not a planet, someone stole the tiny replica of Pluto, leaving its granite pedestal as a silent monument to Pluto's sad slip from the pantheon of planets in our solar system.
Was this the work of vandal lashing out at society after failing grade school science, or that of an astronomer making his point that only objects large enough to be dominant over smaller bodies in their path should be called ‘planets’? In either case, the timing of Pluto’s disappearance is uncanny, don’t you think?
Check it out, I think it's a highlight of Ingolstadt. (The park, not the missing Pluto pedestal).
Audi Museum, 2-hrs plant tour is very interesting and informative. No photos allow inside the plant. It's fun to watch how sheets of steel to become a stylish sedan on-site. English guided tour 11:30am daily (may change). Since no one else booked the English tour, we had a "private tour" and were able to ask a lot of questions!
This was a one day event because it takes a bit to get to it about and to here, being 20 miles out of town. Then you have to drive around to the back of the huge complex to enter to the tour place and gift shops/restaurants. The plant employs 20,000 workers and they move through around 600,00 vehicles a year, or 2500 a day.
The museum having about 50-60 old style cars and motorbikes are here to tour, and it is free. The tour may take 1+ hours to see and read the pamphlet information on the vehicles. The tour of the plant is long at about 2 hours, and takes you at least 2 miles walking; some other tours may take about 3 hours and longer. There are 7 basic tours with two being the general walk through the plant, while others are specific and show the make up of an Audi from front to back, or specialty functions; like paint rooms, etc. The price is 7 Euro for most tours.
It was a fantastic tour and you get right into the middle of the assembly areas to see workers putting the pieces together. Highly recommended even for those not into car manufacturing. it is open 10-6PM and reservations needed to get on the tour route. CAll ahead the day before, or show up early to get a spot to tour, or be left out. No pictures allowed inside the tour area.
This is worth a visit, and is located on the outskirts of the city centre. There are exhibits both inside and outside the facility - I have visited several times and feature more than once in their visitors book!
"The only museum in germany specialising exclusively in the presentation of concrete (non-representational) art. In an unusual architectural setting, some 1,000 square metres of exhibition area illustrate the development of this artistic style, displaying exhibits by all it's important exponents. With it's large scal sculptures, the open air Museum of Concrete Art has become part of the cityscape.": Ingolstadt on the danube - the city
Open Between 10.00 - 18.00 (Tuesday to Sunday)