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Augsburg Transportation: 12 reviews and 12 photos
traffic lights for pedestrians and bikes
If you have always thought, as I did, that the only country with really a lot of bicycles is Nederland, well you are wrong.
Augsburg, as well as Nürnberg, is so full of bikes and of cycle tracks that bikers also have their own traffic lights. I took a photo of this one, located on a mixed pedestrian-cycle track, but I have also seen traffic lights only for bicycles.
It was very curious for me, because Italian towns and cities have few cycle tracks, since Italians love using their car, although one of my aunts has told me that such traffic lights also exist in Ferrara, a city of Emilia-Romagna where everybody moves by bike (happy exception!).
a tram in Augsburg
The AVV (Augsburger Verkehrsverbund) is the public transport operator in Augsburg and its area. Its network consists of four tram lines, dozens of bus lines (urban and regional), as well as six regional train lines.
I think it is a great system for a medium-size city like Augsburg.
Augsburg Central Station
It is easy to get to Augsburg by train, thanks to the several direct connections to München (I have counted more than thirty trains in weekdays), but also to Nürnberg and Stuttgart.
Augsburg lies on the Paris-Strasbourg-Stuttgart-München-Wien-Bratislava/Budapest line (also known as Magistrale für Europa), which will become in the coming years one of the main axes of the Trans-European Network (TEN), as well as on the München-Nürnberg-Berlin line. This means that all kind of trains, from the local Regionalbahn to high-speed ICEs stop at Augsburg Hauptbahnhof.
However, a new high-speed line between München and Nürnberg via Ingolstadt was put into service in 2007, meaning that Augsburg was left out of the connection between München and the North (Berlin, Hamburg, Hannover).
To travel on local trains within the area managed by AVV (Augsburger Verkehrsverbund), you can buy a ticket at a bus stop. This ticket entitles you to travel also on AVV buses and trams.
Almost all bus and tram stops of the Augsburger transport system are equipped with these digital displays informing which lines are going to stop, what their direction is and how long people have to wait.
I have never seen that in a medium-size Italian town.
the square in front of the station
Augsburg Hauptbahnhof is the central station of the city (there are two smaller stations for commuter trains). The building is very beautiful and clean; a square with a fountain lies in front of it, making this rail station a comfortable place to meet friends or to relax in the rarely hot summer days.
Inside the station you can buy train tickets, either by yourself at the automatic machines or at the ticket office, where you will certainly find a gentle lady ready to help you. Apart from that, there is a bookstall with a wide range of German and foreign newspapers, as well as books, postcards, etc. Then, you will find a bar, a drink vendor machine and, if I remember well, a florist, too.
Outside the station, you will find many bus and tram stops to reach any part of the Augsburg. The combination of train and local transport is very popular and helps keep the air clean and the city enjoyable and green. Congratulations to the Augsburgers!
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