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Ingolstadt

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Introduction

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

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Neighbourhoods

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Sights and Activities

  • Audi Forum and Museum Mobile, Ettinger Straße 62, ☎ +49 841 8937575, e-mail: welcome@audi.de. Daily 9:00-18:00. 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. Adults €2, Concessions €1.
  • Herzogskasten, Hallstraße 2 (City center) - 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.
  • Kreuztor, Kreuzstraße & Oberer Graben - 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.

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Events and Festivals

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Weather

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Getting There

By Plane

The city is 45 minutes by car north of Munich Airport on the A9 (mostly). You can also connect between airport and city by train, taking the S-Bahn into Munich Hbf and then a regional train in the direction of Nürnberg. Lastly, a direct non-stop coach service runs between the airport and the city's bus station.

By Train

The main station is Ingolstadt Hauptbahnhof (HBF). The other station with notable services is Ingolstadt Nord.

By Car

Ingolstadt is located on autobahn A 9 about halfway between Munich and Nuremberg with the exits Ingolstadt Nord (61) and Ingolstadt Süd (62).

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Getting Around

By Car

Most taxis are organized by the Ingolstadt Taxi Central Office, where you can order a car by phone (+49 841 19410). Most of the drivers speak at least fragments of English and should know most of the hotels, clubs and other points of interest in the city by name. However, during the weekend night party rush hours, you will have a hard time getting a taxi by phone or on a taxi stand, especially when you try to get out of the city. In the latter case, try to move to the outskirts of the city in the direction of your destination. Most of the taxis will try to go back into the city and you have a bigger chance to intercept these on the outskirts than in the center. And even if you don't get one, you're better off making pace in your direction than standing in the city center and waiting. You can get to most places in town for about €10-15. The drivers are usually able to estimate the price quite well, but are legally required to charge exactly according to the price meter, calibrated by local authorities. When you leave the so-called Pflichtfahrgebiet (area where the driver is obligated to accept passengers), which covers the town an some of the surrounding villages, you can negotiate a price with the driver.

By Public Transport

Ingolstadt has a decent bus network, which is operated by the INVG (Ingolstädter Verkehrsgesellschaft). All parts of the town and most of the surrounding villages are reachable. During the day (05:00-21:00) you can catch a bus every 15-60 min. During the night, the service is reduced and special night lines, recognizable by the letter N proceeding their number, are employed.

By Bike

A very good way to get around in Ingolstadt is to use a bike. Most of the main streets have bicycle lanes and you are able to get through parks and other areas you would have to go around by car. Remember to set up your bike for traffic safety, though, (especially with working front and back lights) and strictly follow traffic regulations. Bavarian police officers are very fussy about that.

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Eat

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Drink

Ingolstadt has a long tradition of beer culture. The Bavarian Reinheitsgebot, which became the German purity law for beer later, has its origin in Ingolstadt in the year 1516. Also the Hallertau region, the worlds biggest hops growing area, is just south-east of the city. The four local breweries are Herrnbräu, Nordbräu, Westparkbräu 1516 and Schwalbenbräu. You can also get several other regional brands.

Around Whitsum and in autumn (usually the last week in September) the beer festival takes place. It's similar to the Munich Oktoberfest but smaller and more traditional. During Lent you can get Starkbier like in most parts of Bavaria.

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Sleep

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Work

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Keep Connected

Internet

Internet cafes (rates €1.50 to €5 per hour) are starting to become less common due to widespread offers of free wifi by shops, restaurants or cafes. Sometimes it requires minimum consumption but usually it's free within the premises. Phone shops will often offer internet access, too. In general hotels offer internet access. In several cities, projects exist to provide free "community" hotspots for wireless networking. Passenger lounges at some airports and central railway stations also provide internet access to their customers.

Several pre-paid SIMs allow Internet access for a monthly flat fee, for example those available at Tchibo coffee stores (o2 network, €10/month limited to 500 MB, €20/month for 5 GB) or Aldi (E-Plus network). A regular O2 sim card, which can be used for calls and text messages, is €15 and another €15 buys 1GB of data valid for 1 month. Vodafone offers a prepaid sim card for €25 which includes €22.5 of credit, out of which you can get 300 MB of data for 2 days for €15 and be left with €7.5 of credit.

Phone

See also: International Telephone Calls

The international call prefix in Germany is 00. To dial out of Germany, dial 00, followed by country code, area code, and the telephone number (for example 00 44 1234 567890). If you're using a mobile phone, simply add the plus sign "+" before the country code to call out of Germany (for example +44 1234 567890). The general emergency number is 112 and the additional number for less emergent issues for police is 110.

Mobile phone coverage on the four networks (T-Mobile, Vodafone, E-Plus and o2) is excellent across the whole country. UMTS (3G data and HSDPA) and EDGE is also available. UMTS is still somewhat limited to urban areas. All mobile providers use GSM technology on the 900 and 1800 MHz frequency ranges. If you stay for a longer period of time, consider buying a prepaid phone card from one of the mobile phone companies; you won't have trouble finding a T-Mobile (in a "T-Punkt"), Vodafone, E-Plus or O2 store in any major shopping area. In most supermarket chains (for example ALDI), there are prepaid SIM cards from their own virtual providers available. These are normally quite cheap to buy, but expensive for international calls (around €1–2/min), but incoming calls are always free and SMS cost around €0.09–0.19. They are available at: Aldi, Lidl, Penny, Netto, Tchibo, Rewe, toom. A registration via Internet or (expensive) phone call is necessary after buying to activate the SIM card.

The cheapest way to call abroad from Germany is to use the internet cafés run by immigrants. They sell special calling cards that give the best rate to certain countries as well as offer cheap international calls from phone booths. It is also the cheapest way to call landlines in Germany.

Post

Germany's postal system is very efficient, their logistics branch DHL is one of the best companies in this field world-wide, with domestic post or within a radius of 400 kilometres, send within a day. The website of Deutsche Post has an online calculator for postage fees as well as a post office finder. Stamps are available at post offices and sometimes at newsagents or shops selling postcards. Also stamp vending machines can be found at a lot of places around the cities. You can purchase every stamp you need from this machines. They are unique as they accept every coin from 1 cent to 2 euro but change is only given in stamps. It costs about €40 to send a small package to Australia and €1.70 to send an old-fashioned letter to any place in the world outside of Europe. Within Germany, sending postcards costs €0.45 and standard letters €0.55, within Europe it is €0.65 for a postcard, standard letters to places in Europe cost €0.75. Outside Europe, the prices for sending a postcard or standard letter are €1 and €1.70 respectively. Although you will find the old post offices (mainly in the city centre), most of the smaller neighbourhood post offices are part of a small tobacco shop or grocery store. For larger package, you might consider competitive private companies like UPS, DHL or TNT.

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