Augsburg is a city in Swabia, Bavaria, Germany, around 50 km west of Bavarian capital Munich. It is a university town and regional seat of the Regierungsbezirk Schwaben with an impressive Altstadt. Augsburg is an urban district and home to the institutions of the Landkreis Augsburg. It is the third-largest city in Bavaria and the core of a larger metropolitan area. UNESCO recognises the Water Management System of Augsburg as a World Heritage Site. The water systems of Augsburg were built between the 14th century and today. A network of canals, water towers, pumping equipment and hydroelectric power stations have provided drinking water and power for the city for centuries.
Augsburg is a vibrant industrial city. Many global market leaders namely MAN, EADS or KUKA produce high technology products like printing systems, large diesel engines, industrial robots or components for the Airbus A380 and the Ariane carrier rocket. After Munich, Augsburg is considered the high-tech centre for Information and Communication in Bavaria and takes advantage of its lower operating costs, yet close proximity to Munich and potential customers. In 2018 the Bavarian State Government recognised this fact and promoted Augsburg to Metropole. Major companies include: Boewe Systec • Faurecia • Fujitsu Technology Solutions • KUKA Robotics / Systems • MAN (Maschinenfabrik Augsburg-Nürnberg) • manroland • MT-Aerospace • NCR • Osram • Premium AEROTEC • RENK AG (offshoot of MAN SE) • Siemens • UPM-Kymmene • WashTec • Synlab Group • Cancom • Check24 • Amazon • Patrizia Immobilien.
Augsburg has a population of over 266,600 people. Augsburg also forms part of the wider Augsburg metropolitan area which has a population of over 885,000 people. Augsburg is the #315 hipster city in the world, with a hipster score of 2.4798 according to the Hipster Index which evaluates and ranks the major cities of the world according to the number of vegan eateries, coffee shops, tattoo studios, vintage boutiques, and record stores per 100,000 city residents.