Ingolstadt, Germany

Ingolstadt is a medium-sized city in Bavaria, Germany. Best known as the home of car manufacturer Audi, Ingolstadt also has its place in literature, being the setting for the novel Frankenstein by Mary Shelley.

More on Ingolstadt

Ingolstadt is located on the banks of the Danube River. It covers 133.35 sq km (51.49 sq mi) and has a population of 125,000 (2011 estimate). The city is at an elevation of 400 m (1,312 ft). As with the rest of Germany, it is an hour ahead of Coordinated Universal Time (UTC+1), and two hours ahead during Daylight Saving Time in summer.

The history of Ingolstadt goes back to AD 806, when it was first mentioned in one of Charlemagne’s documents. The city became the capital of the Duchy of Bavaria-Ingolstadt between 1392 and 1447. Ingolstadt was the city where Adam Weishaupt founded the German secret society, the Illuminati, on 1 May, 1776.

One of the most curious exhibits at the Ingolstadt City Museum are the remains of King Gustavus Adolphus’ horse, which was shot during the Swedish siege of the city. Ingolstadt had a medieval defensive fortress erected in 1537, and now houses the Museum of the Bavarian Army. The future French president Charles de Gaulle was detained there as a prisoner of war during the First World War.

Visiting Ingolstadt, Germany

You can reach Ingolstadt by high-speed train from Nuremberg, a connection established since 2006. Alternatively, you can fly to Munich Airport, take an S-Bahn subway train to Munich Railway Station (journey an hour) and then change to the train to Ingolstadt (another hour). If you are traveling in a group of up to 5 persons, you can take advantage of a cheap ticket for €29 which allows up to 5 passengers to use the S-Bahn, the train and some buses.

Places of Interest in Ingolstadt, Germany

  1. Audi Forum and Museum Mobile
  2. Bavarian Military Museum

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