Fuggerei
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The world's oldest social settlement, this estate houses 200 impoverished Catholic tenants.
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  • Minnou
    United Kingdom446 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent- a must to visit
    Absolutely fantastic . A social housing project, even if it is the worlds oldest doesn’t sound like a hugely interesting place to visit. However we really enjoyed our visit and spent much longer than we thought we would. Very interesting collection of artefacts,photos, news articles and personal reminiscences in the Air raid shelter and an account of the bombing in February 1944. There’s a good English language website, and exhibits are labelled in German and English.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 20 July 2023
  • periandro
    Luxembourg City, Luxembourg9,852 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing residential area
    The Fuggerei is an residential area for poor catholic citizens in Augsburg. Nowadays it's the oldest social settlement in the world. It was founded by Jakob Fugger in the first quarter of the sixteenth century. It's a unique development in many aspects, such as those of layout and extension. Therefore, it's the materialisation of the own idea of he founder, who didn't inspire himself in existing models. That complex of houses was heavily damaged during the Second World War, on the occasion of the bomb raids having taken place in February 1944. About three quarters of the whole complex was then destroyed. Fortunately, it was afterwards reconstructed and even extended. It's an amazing development where, though it might seem unbelievable, the occupants pay less than 1 euro rent per year (utilities excluded). The descendants of the founder had a church built in that area, St. Markus church, at the end of the same century in which the foundation took place. Besides there are three museums which can be visited. The Fuggerei contributes significantly to the support of people in need. Another requirement for being admitted as residents in the Fuggerei, apart from being poor and catholic, is to have lived at least for two years in Augsburg. It's convenient to know that when moving to an apartment in the Fuggerei, the new residents receive, together with the keys, a portrait of Jakob Fugger, and most of them hang the pertinent portrait in the corridor. The visit to that residential area brings about a soul stirring experience. It's very pleasant to walk around the streets within the enclosure containing the different houses of which the development consists. The peace of the atmosphere in that environment without traffic brings also peace of mind to sensible people. Apart from that, the houses are very nice and attractive, so that the sight thereof is pleasing. Their façades are very well decorated with plants and artistic elements, such as statuettes. In addition, through the visit to the museums there existing one can have a rather accurate idea about the interior of the houses concerned, the pertinent furniture and the conditions of living in the abodes in question. Everything is utterly interesting. Therefore, the visit to that development is highly recommended.
    Visited September 2022
    Travelled solo
    Written 31 August 2023
  • Victoria
    189 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Super interesting
    This community was founded back in the 1500s as a place where Augsburg's poor could live in a safe environment. 500 years later, the mission hasn't changed and the community is still thriving. It's a lovely community, very peaceful. There are several museums spread around that cover various aspects, including the community members themselves and daily life in the apartments. If you take the official Augsburg city walking tour, admission to the Fuggerei is included. But it's also nice to visit on your own as a way of supporting the community.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 21 September 2023
  • Travel with Sean
    Madison, Wisconsin527 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Cool Piece of History
    Fuggeri is the world’s oldest housing development. It started with 52 two-story houses completed in 1523. It’s named after Jakob Fugger who endowed the city of Augsburg with a enough money to not only build this housing project for the city’s Catholic poor, but also to establish a fund to keep the rent low. Rent currently is at 88 cents euro per year.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 19 April 2024
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Travel with Sean
Madison, WI23 contributions
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Sept 2023 • Couples
This is the oldest housing development in the world. It also has one of the lowest (if not the lowest) rent in the world. It was created because Jacob Fugger endowed the City of Augsburg with money to build a housing develop a housing development for the city's Catholic poor. There is a fee to go into the housing development to look around.
Written 5 May 2024
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Vicky Silve
Abbadia Lariana, Italy667 contributions
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Apr 2024 • Family
With 8,00€ per person, you can access this little neighborhood and learn about the life of the people who used to live there (and still nowadays live!) The most emotional part is the bunker where the inhabitants used to shelter during WW2 air raids, but there also are some little exhibitions about the furniture and tools in the homes.
Written 26 April 2024
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Travel with Sean
Madison, WI527 contributions
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Sept 2023 • Couples
Fuggeri is the world’s oldest housing development. It started with 52 two-story houses completed in 1523. It’s named after Jakob Fugger who endowed the city of Augsburg with a enough money to not only build this housing project for the city’s Catholic poor, but also to establish a fund to keep the rent low. Rent currently is at 88 cents euro per year.
Written 20 April 2024
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Victoria
189 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Solo
This community was founded back in the 1500s as a place where Augsburg's poor could live in a safe environment. 500 years later, the mission hasn't changed and the community is still thriving.

It's a lovely community, very peaceful. There are several museums spread around that cover various aspects, including the community members themselves and daily life in the apartments.

If you take the official Augsburg city walking tour, admission to the Fuggerei is included. But it's also nice to visit on your own as a way of supporting the community.
Written 21 September 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

periandro
Luxembourg City, Luxembourg9,852 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022 • Solo
The Fuggerei is an residential area for poor catholic citizens in Augsburg. Nowadays it's the oldest social settlement in the world. It was founded by Jakob Fugger in the first quarter of the sixteenth century. It's a unique development in many aspects, such as those of layout and extension. Therefore, it's the materialisation of the own idea of he founder, who didn't inspire himself in existing models. That complex of houses was heavily damaged during the Second World War, on the occasion of the bomb raids having taken place in February 1944. About three quarters of the whole complex was then destroyed. Fortunately, it was afterwards reconstructed and even extended. It's an amazing development where, though it might seem unbelievable, the occupants pay less than 1 euro rent per year (utilities excluded). The descendants of the founder had a church built in that area, St. Markus church, at the end of the same century in which the foundation took place. Besides there are three museums which can be visited.
The Fuggerei contributes significantly to the support of people in need. Another requirement for being admitted as residents in the Fuggerei, apart from being poor and catholic, is to have lived at least for two years in Augsburg. It's convenient to know that when moving to an apartment in the Fuggerei, the new residents receive, together with the keys, a portrait of Jakob Fugger, and most of them hang the pertinent portrait in the corridor.
The visit to that residential area brings about a soul stirring experience. It's very pleasant to walk around the streets within the enclosure containing the different houses of which the development consists. The peace of the atmosphere in that environment without traffic brings also peace of mind to sensible people. Apart from that, the houses are very nice and attractive, so that the sight thereof is pleasing. Their façades are very well decorated with plants and artistic elements, such as statuettes. In addition, through the visit to the museums there existing one can have a rather accurate idea about the interior of the houses concerned, the pertinent furniture and the conditions of living in the abodes in question. Everything is utterly interesting. Therefore, the visit to that development is highly recommended.
Written 31 August 2023
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Minnou
United Kingdom446 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Couples
Absolutely fantastic . A social housing project, even if it is the worlds oldest doesn’t sound like a hugely interesting place to visit. However we really enjoyed our visit and spent much longer than we thought we would.
Very interesting collection of artefacts,photos, news articles and personal reminiscences in the Air raid shelter and an account of the bombing in February 1944. There’s a good English language website, and exhibits are labelled in German and English.
Written 21 July 2023
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AllanJGJ
Wellington, New Zealand4,204 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Couples
While 'the world's oldest social housing complex' might not jump out as an obvious tourist attraction you should still try and visit Fuggerei if you're in Augsburg. The idea that people have been living here for 500 years as part of a community-funded facility is appealing and you can add some interesting buildings (including a WW2 air-raid shelter) to that. There are a number of houses set up as small museums to talk about the kind of people who have been tenants here and what their lifestyle looked like. Brilliant. And appealing that it was (is?) private-sector driven. A fascinating slice of social history.
Written 7 May 2023
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CodyDC
Washington DC, DC6,573 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
While working around Altstadt Augsburg, I followed the signs to Fuggerei and decided to go in for visit. There is a lot signage and information about the community and Jakob Fugger so you can appreciate what was accomplished and the history behind the place. Interesting I saw a documentary about Fugger a couple of months ago, where they described he was the richest man on the planet at one point, so it was interesting to tie that up with the Fuggerei. There is an exhibit of how the apartments looked earlier and how they are remodeled for today's living.
Written 17 November 2022
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Maria Ligaya
Auckland, New Zealand526 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2021 • Couples
This location is one that should not be missed if you are already in the area.
It was as if I had been transported to another era. It is professionally managed, and there are unique anecdotes related with each house that may be heard as one walks through the neighborhood. Just make sure you keep the locals in mind and treat their property with the utmost deference. There are still people living in that part of the neighborhood. It's a great spot for photography, however you should try to avoid taking pictures of the locals.
Written 8 October 2022
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mikepr59
BASINGSTOKE155 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022 • Couples
Visited whilst in Augsburg. Not far from town centre . Fascinating place . Amazing to learn about the principles and success behind the place . All the displays were both in English and German so really informative . Some of videos also had English subtitles. Well worth a visit
Written 10 September 2022
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