Ingolstadt is a city in Upper Bavaria, southern Germany, best known for being home to the car company Audi.

45 things to do

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Bavarian Army Museum

The museum is separated into two locations. The ''Neues Schloss'', a former duke's residence and part of the city wall, hosts a collection of military artifacts from different eras as well as a bunch of replicas. The Reduit Tilly, a part of the former state fortress in ''Klenzepark'' hosts a WWI exhibition. The latter is a very interesting and well structured museum, with exhibits and documents from the era and some short films which summarize the regarded history. The Army Museum is renovated bit by bit in the moment, so some parts may be closed.

SEE   —  +49 841 93770 —  Paradeplatz 4

Frankenstein tour

Ingolstadt's old university is the setting for the experiments of Mary Shelley's notorious doctoro. Starting from there, an actor in the role of Dr. Frankenstein takes groups of tourists and locals on a tour of the dark history of Ingolstadt. Actors in monster costumes, who scare the crowd, and witch burnings are mixed in with historical facts. Tours are between March, 21st and December, 21st and take approx 90 min. The Frankenstein Tour has to be booked in advance. Tickets are available at the tourist office in the Old City Hall.


This restaurant serves traditional Bavarian cuisine. Around noon there are special lunch offers. The menu has pictures of the dishes, so even when you don't speak German and the staffs' English is not sufficient, you could find a good bite to eat. The place is special because it is not only a restaurant, but also a beer museum. Everywhere around the dining room are old beer brewing utilities and exhibits about beer, for example a copy of the ''Reinheitsgebot'' (Purity Law).


Get a cheap meal in a relaxed venue. The market is much smaller than its famous pendant in Munich, but you will see more locals drinking their wheat beer and hardly any tourists. There are many stalls, which offer typical Bavarian dishes, but you find also Turkish, Italian and Hungarian offers, among others. Recommendation: Get shashlik with french fries and a wheat beer at ''Daufratshofer'' (German: ''Schaschlik mit Pommes und Weizen'') .

EAT   —  Am Viktualienmarkt

German Medical History Museum

The former building of the medical department of the old university hosts Germany's first museum for medical history. It shows an outline of medical science from the Antique until today. A special highlight is the garden of medicinal plants, which has special features for blind and handicapped people. Photographing is prohibited within the facilities (excluding the gardens).

Guided city tours

Take a guided tour through the historical inner city. The city tourist office offers different guided tours: a historic tour (by a actor impersonating a famous historic figure of Ingolstadt), a tour of the fortifications, and guided cycling tours. Starting point of any of these tours is the tourist information office in the Old City Hall.

Football game at Audi Sportpark

If you think the German Ice Hockey can't hold a candle to US or Canadian Ice Hockey, and you want to see a sport, which Germany is supposed to be really good at, why don't you try football, Germany's national sport. Ingolstadt has a young professional club – ''Die Schanzer'' – which oscillates between second (right now) and third league.

Swept Away

Caribbean themed cocktail bar and vegetarian restaurant, with a great choice of beverages and dishes and sometimes live music (a varying entrance fee might be charged in that case). It has a chillout zone, where you can relax on the floor on some cushions and a beer garden in front of the building for days with good weather.

DRINK   —  +49 841 9311679 —  Donaustraße 14

Reduit Tilly and Klenzepark

South of the inner city, on the right side of the river Danube, lies the Reduit Tilly, the core building of the classical ''Brückenkopf'' (Bridge Head) fortress. You can either visit the WWI exhibition of the Bavarian Army Museum inside or take a walk around the surrounding park area (''Klenzepark'').

SEE   —  Brückenkopf 2


Built in 1385 it is the best preserved part of the old city wall and is one of the city's landmarks. Most of the time it is closed and can only be seen from the outside, but was opened for a short period of time recently, since a group of locals is collecting donations for a renovation of the inside.


Get the (arguably) best sausages in Bavaria, served by the lovely Marianne. Eat inside and have a look at the epic picture of a monkey in traditional Bavarian costume eating ''Schweinebraten''. Recommendation: Get the standard ''Wiener'' with strong mustard (''scharfer Senf'') and ''Brezen''.

EAT   —  Ludwigstraße 27

Das Mo

A beer garden and pub in the inner city, often used as a meeting place for local students and other young folks. You can get traditional beer garden dishes in summer and a decent mix of cuisine in winter. People also gather to watch sport events on the screens allocated over the area.

DRINK   —  +49 841 33960 —  Bergbräustraße 7

Ingolstadt School of Management (WFI)

The department for business administration of the Catholic University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt. Next to normal international studying programs, this institution offers a two weeks Summer School program each year, which can be easily incorporated into your traveling.

OTHER   —  Auf der Schanz 49

Audi Forum and Museum Mobile

Ingolstadt is known for the famous car manufacturer ''Audi'' and a museum dedicated to the history of the company can be found here. The museum is also the starting point for guided tours through the factory, which should be booked well in advance.


Built 1425-1525 by Louis IX, Duke of Bavaria (aka Louis the Rich), this is the biggest church of Ingolstadt. Late gothic architecture, the tomb of famous Ingolstadt scholars and the artistic interior make it a renowned place for visiting.

Old City Hall

Dating back to the 14th century, this building was created by fusing different buildings into one in 1882. It is the seat of the mayor and - what might be of interest to a traveller even more - the city's tourist information.

SEE   —  Rathausplatz 2

Youth Hostel Ingolstadt

Old former fortress building with old military "charme". If you can live with long empty hallways that carry some noise, it's a cheap night of sleep. Membership in a Youth Hostel Association maybe required. Check ahead!

Schanzer Rutschn

This place serves traditional Bavarian cuisine. The restaurant is in the basement of the building. To go there you can take stairs or a wooden slide (hence the name "Rutschn" which means slide in the Bavarian dialect).


The capital of Lower Bavaria's main attractions are the quadrennial ''Landshut Wedding'', which takes place in the well preserved medieval city center, and St. Martin's Church, the highest church in Bavaria.

OTHER   —  Map

Ice hockey game at Saturn Arena

Visit a ice hockey game of the ''ERC Ingolstadt'', Ingolstadt's Premier League Ice Hockey Club and the German champion of 2013/14. During the season there is normally at least one home game per week.


The traditional beer garden on the outskirts of town is popular among locals in the beer garden season. A remarkable feature is, that you get a free tiny beer (0.1L) in the beer garden.

DRINK   —  +49 841 55541 —  Gutsstrasse 4

WestPark Shopping Center

Big two story shopping arcade with a vast variety of shops, restaurants and cafés. Free parking is available. An attached entertaiment center contains the biggest cinema of the city.

BUY   —  +49 841 4932128 —  Am Westpark 6


One of Ingolstadt's oldest beer gardens. It has a traditional self service area, where you can bring your own food and only have to buy the drinks. You can get fresh grilled food.


In the visitors area (Forum) of the car manufacturer Audi, the biggest employer in the city, is the AVUS restaurant. It offers very exquisite cuisine at corresponding prices.

NH Ambassador Ingolstadt

Just a short distance from the city centre, tourist attractions are easily accessible: Altmühl Nature Reserve, Ingolstadt Village, and the Audi Forum and World of Discovery.

SLEEP   —  +49 841 5030 —  Goethestraße 153

Hotel Rappensbeger

Very good hotel in the inner city. For the traveler who does not like to use his feet, there is a bus stop where most lines stop directly in front of the building.

SLEEP   —  +49 841 3140 —  Harderstraße 3


Two floor dance club right next to resp. under Sausalitos. If you are into electronic music and meeting local party crowd, this club might be your best shot.


Local branch of a Mexican themed cocktail bar chain. Popular among local university students and younger people. Broad selection of drinks and snacks.


Literally translated "The Duke's Box" this old castle built in 1255 is the oldest profane building in the city. Today it hosts the city library.

SEE   —  Hallstraße 2


If you want to make your own dishes and like fresh ingredients, there is a traditional market where you can buy from local shops and farmers.

EAT   —  Theaterplatz


The nearby biggest city of Franconia offers a wide range of interesting traveling destination, including the Nazi party rally grounds.

OTHER   —  Map

Technische Hochschule Ingolstadt (THI)

Previously known as University of applied sciences, this is Ingolstadt's very own university offering a broad spectrum of courses.

OTHER   —  +49 841 93480 —  Esplanade 10


A club on two floors, with the upper floor being a chill out area with an outside smoking passage and the lower floor a rock club.

DRINK   —  Am Stein 9


The capital of Bavaria, its biggest city and the place to go for culture and arts aficionados, is only 35 min away by train

OTHER   —  Map

Maria de Victoria Church

Hidden in the narrow streets of the historic city center, this is a jewel of baroque art, especially the fresco on the ceiling.

SEE   —  Neubaustraße 1


Beautiful medieval city at the shores of the river Danube, which is listed a UNESCO World Heritage Site in its entirety.

OTHER   —  Map

Hote Pius-Hof

Classic hotel and restaurant. You can reach the Audi Forum and the rest of the Audi facilities with a comfortable walk.

SLEEP   —  +49 841 49190 —  Gundekarstraße 4

Ingolstadt Village

Big outlet center for famous brands, including Bogner, Boss, Calvin Klein, Jimmy Choo, Lacoste, and Versace.

Hotel Hecht

A short walk east of the inner city in a more calm area. A bus stop is directly in front of the house.


Mainly electronic music and hip hop. A benefit of this club is a more mature crowd than at Suxul.

Havana Bar

Latin-American music and cocktails. During Happy Hour from 19:00-21:00 all cocktails cost €5.00.

DRINK   —  +49 841-9312512 —  Kupferstraße 24


Very classy hotel, located in the middle between the inner city, Audi and the autobahn.

St. Moritz Church

Dating back to 1234 this church is the oldest building of Ingolstadt.

ARA-Hotel Comfort

Only a few meters away from KULT-Hotel and not less luxurious.


Hotel with modern interior in the inner city.

About Ingolstadt

Ingolstadt is the youngest city in Germany. Although it counts over 120,000 citizens today, some people still call it a village, since it can't keep up with the big city charm of Munich or Nuremberg. Historically Ingolstadt was mainly known for hosting the first Bavarian university and its military fortress facilities. The latter is the reason, why some citizens of Ingolstadt still call themselves Schanzer (from verschanzen: to fortify). It is also the city, where Adam Weishaupt founded the Illuminati, and the popular novel Frankenstein by Mary Shelley takes place. It is also the home of the headquarters of the car manufacturer Audi.

Source: wikivoyage