Memmingen Travel Guide

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    Old water fountain
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    Bull & Bear sculpture in Memmingen
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Memmingen Things to Do

  • Town wall and towers

    Parts of the old town wall are still left and you find several towers and gates in Memmingen. For example there’s the Grimmelturm from 1445 (Grimmel tower, after the patrician family Grimmel), also called Schwalbenschwanzturm (dove tail tower, as the battlement looks like dove tails). Also, we came across the Hexenturm (witch tower), which was used...

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  • Salzstadel/ salt warehouse

    Memmingen is located on the old salt-route that went from Bad Reichenhall to the Switzerland. So there had been several salt-cellars, like the long building in the street that is fittingly called Salzstraße – salt street. Salt trade used to be an important source of income for the town.

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  • Frauenkirche/ Church of Our Lady

    The “Frauenkirche” was built in the 15th century, with the tower being from an earlier building from the 14th century. It’s a Lutheran church, but was used simultaneously by Protestants and Catholics in the time from 1565 until 1804. There’s a remarkable fresco on the tower wall inside the church, that dates from the early 16th century. And if you...

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  • Seven-Roofs House

    The “Siebendächerhaus” is one of the town’s landmarks and is a very interesting sight with its 7 roofs. It was built 1601 and was used by the tanners. This interesting design of the roof did allow the ventilation of several attics to dry the leather. In 1945, the building was badly damaged by bombs and was rebuild afterwards.

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  • The Twelve-Articles-House

    On the square “Weinmarkt”, you’ll find many buildings from the various guilds. There had been 11 guilds in Memmingen, and a notable one was the retailers’ guild. That was the guild of those merchants who were restricted to sell their wares within the town walls.In the buildings of that guild, an important historical event took place: during the...

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  • Kreuzherrnkirche/ church of the Order of...

    This church is the former monastic church of the “Kreuzherrnkloster“, i.e. the monastery of the Order of the Holy Ghost. It was rebuilt after it did burn down 1477 and later was redesigned in baroque style. After the secularization, the church was desecrated in 1823, and now is used for exhibitions and concerts. You can visit it for free and have a...

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  • Market square

    On the market square, you find several restaurants and cafés and many nice old buildings. One is the town hall which was built in 1589 but which facade dates from the 18th century. The building with the arcades is the “Steuerhaus” (tax house), with frescos from 1906/09 in Rococo style. And on the east side of the square, you’ll find the guild hall/...

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  • CANALS IN MEMMINGEN

    Whilst walking around Memmingen old town, I came across a water canal. I decided to follow it and passed by many old homes, some with frescoes. What I liked was the little arched bridge, with the flower boxes on the side, it was rather pretty!

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  • KRAMER GUILD

    The Kramer Guild is named after the wealthy Kamer merchants. It was established for the merchants, who were allowed to sell their goods within the city walls. The 1st declaration of human rights was written in this building in 1525. Painted pink, it has stucco around the windows and a fresco with something written in German underneath.

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  • MEMMINGEN RATHAUS

    Also located in the Market Square is another beautiful building......The Rathaus [city hall]This very attractive, rococo style building, was painted a light shade of grey, and had flower boxes under every window and stucco above the windows. It had three entrances, a gate and two doors that you can see in the photo. The lower part of the House is...

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  • STEUERHAUS [Tax House]

    We have entered the Market Square in Memmingen, and what do we see, but the beautifully painted Steuerhaus. Built between the years 1495-1496, it is where people went and paid their taxes. It is said to be paid for from the wealth of salt!It's a lovely building with many frescoe's which were added in the early 1900's, Arches and outdoor seating.

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  • THE OLD MOAT

    Located around the Town walls is a lawned, garden area which used to be a Moat used for defence.Near the Westertor, was a parking area and a very nice villa, named "Villa Eurphoria"It is a Restaurant that opens at 5pm. The location is 1 Buxacher Strasse.

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  • ENTERING MEMMINGEN THROUGH WESTERTOR

    Memmingen is another German town, with a gate to enter the old historic Town.This, I thought, looks interesting, and so I entered the Town through the Westertor gate. Something you must do in Town's like this, is just wander around, and follow your nose, just like I did! So, come with me for a virtual walk around Memmingen.First, let me tell you...

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  • Frauenkirche

    The "Church of our Lady" owes its current form to the late Gothic movement. The interior frescos from 15ht Century, the work of Hans Strigel the younger, are some of the mostsignificant of their kind in southern Germany. The frauenkirche was used "simultaneously" by both the Catholics and the Protestants from the time of the reformation until 1803.

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  • Zollergarten

    We loved the Zollergarten and spend quite some time here, just relaxing and enjoying the beauty of it. This once private garden belonged to the family Zoller, the zollergarten is a green gem, planted on the site of the filled in town-moat, whithin the oldest remains of the town-wall

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  • Witches Tower

    The witches tower is the oldest of Memmingen's 3 prison towers, it respresents clearly the cruelty of the earlier judicial-system. It was also known as the "Adulterers" tower before the onset of the Witch hunts.

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  • Living in the old city walls

    We stumbled acrros this overhang and I found it so romantic that someone was actually living there in this place that is so old. I am sure that those walls could tell you many stories, some happy ones and then unfortunately their would be some sad ones, but that is what makes a place a home.

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  • Wine square

    As we approached the wine square, we could hear the umpha band playing. Great was our surprise when we got there and it was the youth band playing. They had some wine tasting going on and you could just sit there and admire the band and watch the people go by.

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  • Martin's church

    The main attraction in this rather austere church are the Baroque chancel, the modern organ and the choir stalls dating from 1507. Also to be admired are the work of local craftsment and some of the most impressive in southern Germany. Martin's church has a big influence on the entire region

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  • Wandering around

    We just took a leasurely stroll through the town and discovered some very interesting architecture and buildings. Always a good thing to do when you get to a new place is to explore it on foot.

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  • Old town walls

    Parts of the walls of the old town is still intact and the original wall was built in 1181. Some newer parts were added between the 13th and the 15th century. I loved it and it was nice to see that the parts that is still remaining are kept in good order.

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  • Rathaus

    I loved the City Hall (Rathaus) of Memmingen which was built in Gothic style in 1488. Many alteration followed i.e. being modified in 1589, the Rococo plasters added in 1765. A really lovely building that is kept in pristine condition by the town council. Hats off to them

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  • Steuerhaus

    We discovered this beautiful building whilst strolling around town to get the sirculation moving after spending just about the full day on the train coming from oberammergau. The Steuerhaus was built in 1495 to be used for collection of customs monies owed to the town. The second floor and the pediments were added in the 1708. The paintings on the...

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  • Antique market

    We arrived late on the Saturday afternoon in Memmingen and the lovely lady at our hotel told us about the antique market, so off we went to see what interesting things they would have on sale. I bought the most beautiful cutglass crystal saladbowl for a mere 9 euro. Could not believe my luck as this item in Praha would set me back at least 160 euro...

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  • Town centre

    A short walk around the centre, looks pretty impressive though with the Christmas market operating it's difficult to get an accurate impression.

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  • Fuggerbau

    The house of the Fugger family was built between 1581 abd 1591. The building is very big with four wings and stairs.

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  • Antonierhaus

    This ex monastery and hospital was the ancient founded by the order of St. Anthony. It was built in1383 on the site where previously there was a castle. Now it is the home of the library of the town.

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  • Westertor

    The walls of the old town was built in 1181 and new parts were added between the 13th and the 15th century. Many kilometers were demolished in the 19th century but in some parts of the town you can still see them. One of the best gateways of the town is the Westertor (now in restauration) built in 1648.

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  • Martinskirche

    The Protestant church of St.Martin was built in the fifteenth century over the ruins of the Romanesque church. The church was built in Gothic style with a tower bell to which subsequently the steeple was added. Inside the church you can see wonderful frescos of the 15th and 16th century. The objects more interesting in the church are the fantastic...

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  • Hermansbau

    This noble building was built in 1766 for Benedikt Freiherr von Hermann in a Late Baroque style. The facade is very beautiful: it is decorated with plasters and above the facade you can see a cartouche that contains the coat of arms of the family.

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  • Signposted walks through Memmingen

    Memmingen is a town that you can well explorer by foot. There are two signposted walks through the town, called “Grüner Weg” (green path) and “Roter Weg” (red path). The green path passes parks, gateways, towers and battlements, while the red path will show you architectural and historical sights. There are many information plates with a map and...

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  • Ryanair

    We flew with Ryanair to Ireland from Memmingen and then back again using Memmingen airport. A nice small airport close to the city.

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  • Train

    Getting from Memmingen to Munich we used the train. Due to Oktoberfest we had to buy first class tickets in order to reserve a seat for us, which was a very good thing we did else we would have had to stand all the way as the train was fully booked. The cost for three adults came to 141.00 euro which included the reservation costs.

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Memmingen Off The Beaten Path

  • ABBEY CHURCH OF ST. MARY @ BUXHEIM

    The Abbey Church of St. Mary is a Baroque Hall church. I was able to go inside and it really is beautiful! There were many frescoes on the ceilings, and a most beautiful Altar. The choir stalls are in baroque style, built between 1687 and 1691 and are said to be some of the best in Germany.Located near the Abbey Museum and well worth a look!

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  • BUXHEIM MONASTERY MUSEUM

    After exiting the Monastery, I walked around the side and found the Monastery Museum.The beginning of the Museum was in 1975, and it has gradually expanded over the years. The Museum provides information on the Carthusian Order and the Charterhouse Buxheim. There was a small entrance fee.

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  • KARTAUSER KLOSTER @ BUXHEIM

    Located a few kilometeres from Memmingen, is the small village of Buxheim with its large Monastery complex. I went for a walk around the inside and couldn't find anything to see, probably because it is a boarding school & day care centre. It is thought, the monastery was probably founded in 1100, given to the Carthusians as monastery, and used...

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