Memmingen is a city of about 42,000 people in the German Federal State of Bavaria. The numerous courtyards, patricians’ houses and fortification in its old town are well worth seeing.
Due to its proximity to the Allgau region it is also a
popular base for tourists who are planning to visit the Bavarian Alps or Lake Constance. Understand : Memmingen is a small town with central functions in a rural area of Bavaria. Tourism was once widely limited to guests from places around. With the opening of the Allgau Airport increasingly more international guests, discover the charm of the town which is conveniently located for trips to the tourism regions around as well as to the popular destinations Ulm, Augsburg and Munich.
Access : Coordinates: 47.987778, 10.181111 / By train : The railway station is about a 5minute walk away from the town center. There are luggage lockers next to the building. If all lockers are in use it is suggested to ask at the DB booking office for alternatives.
Remember there are special train tickets for Baden-Wurttemberg (Baden-Wurttemberg-Ticket) and Bavaria (Bayern-Ticket). With these ticket up to five people can use all regional trains for a whole day for about 21 – 38 € (all together). Both ticket types are valid for travelling to Memmingen. The Bayern-Ticket also covers the costs for the local public bus transport. More information about these tickets can be obtained from the Deutsche Bahn.
By plane : 1 Allgau Airport Memmingen (FMM IATA). is located about 2.5 km from the city centre of Memmingen and primarily serves as a hub for no frills airlines. Ryanair serves the airport and offers flights from Alghero, Alicante, Dublin, Edinburgh, Faro, Girona, London Stansted Airport, Malaga, Manchester, Palma, Porto, Reus, Rome, “Stockholm”-Skavsta, Trapani and Valencia. Wizzair connects Memmingen with Kiev, Lviv and Belgrade. The airport is sometimes deceptively named to suggest it being closer to Munich than it actually is.
A public bus service in front of the terminal connects the airport with the train station in the centre of town. The bus ride with the bus lines 810/811 or 2 costs €3 and takes about 10 minutes. A taxi from the airport to the town will cost between €10 and €15.
Memmingen is right at the intersection of the A7 (Hamburg – Hanover – Ulm – Memmingen – Fussen) and A96 (to Austria and Munich) autobahns.
Get around : By foot
The town center is small enough to walk to all places of interest in the city. You can get a free map at the tourist office (“Stadtinformation”) at the market square.
Going by bike is a fast way to get around in Memmingen. This way you get around independently from the rather poor public transport and moreover this way you might even visit some attractions in and around Memmingen which are not easy to reach by foot. Special signs for cyclists point the direction to regional bicycle routes. The Iller-Radweg is a long-distance route leading to Ulm in the north and to Oberstdorf in the south. The Kneipp-Radweg leads to the spas Bad Gronenbach and Bad Worishofen. Bicycles can be hired at:
However, if you you plan to visit nearby attractions out of town taking a bus might be the right choice. The bus station is next to the train station. Tickets can be bought when entering the bus. Please check the return times in advance. After 7pm there is no regular bus service but a so called “Anrufsammeltaxi” (hailed shared taxi), where a telephone notification in advance is necessary. Connections for public transport (within Bavaria) can be looked up at www.bayern-fahrplan.de
If you choose to discover the countryside around Memmingen, smaller villages in the Allgau region or if you want to follow the touristic route “Oberschwabische Barockstra?e” you may decide to hire a car. At the airport you will find the car hire agencies Sixt, Herz and Europcar. Another car hire service by Europcar is near the train station. A local car hire service called “Auto Greif” is located at Colmarerstr. 34.
- Medieval old town : The medieval old town center consists of several attractions:
- Market place. This is one of the most picturesque sites in the town. It is surrounded by the town hall, the Grosszunft(Guildhouse) and the Steuerhaus (tax house). On Tuesday and Saturday morning there is a farmers market held, where fresh vegetables and fruit are being sold.
- Medieval city gates and towers form a part of the old towns fortification: About 2 kilometers of the town wall, including five towers and five gates have been preserved.
- St. Martin’s church. This is one of the oldest churches in Upper Swabia and the towns ladmark. The building with a height of about 65 metres is still tody the towns highest building. Seasonally from May to October the tower of the church can be visited in the course of a guided tour. Tours in English may be possible, if you ask in advance.
- Antonierkloster. The well preserved former Hospital Brothers of St. Anthony monastery has been built in the 15th century. Today the building is used as local library, museum and event house for lectures, Kabarett or art exhibitions.
- Kreuzherrenkloster. Former monastery.
- Municipal parks : Around the old town walls where the moats used to be in the Middle Ages public park areas have been created. The moats have been filled up with exception of the “hohe Wacht” in the south of the old town and a part of the “Konigsgraben” south of the “Westertorplatz”. One of the parks is the Zollergarten a short woalk north of the market place. In the north outside the old town there is a wider-ranging park named “Neue Welt”. Although it is a 10-minute walk away from the center it is a popular place for relaxation. A beer garden, Kneipp facility, volleyball field, streetball court and a skate park are a part of it.
Walk along the touristic routes “Roter Weg” (red route) and “Gruner Weg” (green route). These will guide you to most of the sights in town.
Eissporthalle, Huhnerbergstrasse 19. Usually open from September until March. Visit the ice rink Eissporthalle Memmingen and do some ice-skating or Bavarian Curling. €4.
Strike Bowling, Haussmannstr. 2a. Bowling Center with 6 tracks and restaurant in the southern part of the town
Memminger Jahrmarkt (Annual fair): October. is special because of its location. Public streets and places right in the town centre are closed to traffic to make room for the fair.
Memmingen bluht (Shopping and Familyday). May. Lots of activities and market stalls throughout the city.
Fischertag (Fisherman’s day): July.
Wallenstein Festival (Europe’s biggest historic festival). With about 4,500 participants this festival is one of the biggest historical re-enactments in Europe. It takes place every four years and commemorates the invasion by Wallenstein in 1630.