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 Nuremberg and Munich. In the past 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 each other Schanzer (from verschanzen: to fortify). It is also the city where Adam Weishaupt founded the Illuminati, where the popular novel Frankenstein by Mary Shelley takes place, and hosts the worldwide headquarters of the car manufacturer Audi.
Munich Airport (IATA: MUC) is one of the closest airports to Ingolstadt. By train Munich Central Station (München Hauptbahnhof) is about 35 min by ICE high-speed train or 60 min by local train away from Ingolstadt and the journey costs approximately €17. Since one has to go there first by suburban train (S-bahn) line S1, which takes approx. 50 min, and then change there to get on a train to Ingolstadt it is a lot quicker and more convenient to take the bus. But, if you are a party of up to 5 people and travel on a tight budget after 21:00 you may consider taking the train,as there exists a cheap ticket (Bayernticket) for €25 (+4€ for every extra person up to a party of 5), which is valid for the S-bahn, the train and also some buses. Be aware, though, that you can not take an ICE or IC train with that ticket!
From Munich Airport there is a bus called "Airport Express X109". A one-way ticket is €19 and a return ticket €31. The bus takes about an hour to the center of Ingolstadt, stopping there at the central bus station (ZOB). It leaves every 90 min between 5:15 and 0:15 at Terminal 2, level E03, passing by Terminal 1, area A/B three minutes later and at Munich Airport Center (MAC) another four minutes later. More information can be obtained here.
Nuremberg Airport (IATA: NUE) is also rather close by and can be reached easily by train and subway . From the airport you take the subway U-Bahn U2 to Nürnberg Hbf(U-Bahn) (Central Station). The ride takes some 13 minutes. There you change to a train (another 40 minutes ride to Ingolstadt).
The main station is Ingolstadt Hauptbahnhof (HBF). The other station with notable services is Ingolstadt Nord.
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 (Network Plan). During the day (05:00-21:00) you can catch a bus every 15 to 60 min. During the night, the service is reduced and special night lines, recognizable by the letter N proceeding their number are employed.
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 POIs in the city by name. During the weekend night party rush hours however, you will have little luck 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 normally 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.
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 setup your bike for traffic safety, though, (especially with working front an back lights) and strictly follow traffic regulations. Bavarian police officers are very fussy about that. Getting a €100 fine for driving over a red light with your bike in the middle of nowhere without anyone around except for the police man 500 m (550 yd) behind you is common.
All the historic buildings are found in or near the historical city center and are within walking distance of one another.
- 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 (City center). 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.
- Liebfrauenmünster, Kreuzstraße & Konviktstraße (City center), ☎ , e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
- Maria de Victoria Church (Asam Church), Neubaustraße 1 (inner city). Hours vary by season. Hidden in the narrow streets of the historic city center, this is a jewel of baroque art, especially the fresco on the ceiling. Admission: 2€.
- Old City Hall (Altes Rathaus), Rathausplatz 2 (City center). 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.
- Reduit Tilly and Klenzepark, Brückenkopf 2 (south shore of the river Danube). 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).
- St. Moritz Church, Moritzstraße 4 (Next to the Old City Hall), ☎ . Dating back to 1234 this church is the oldest building of Ingolstadt.
- Audi Forum and Museum Mobile, Ettinger Straße 62, ☎ , e-mail: email@example.com. 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.
- Bavarian Army Museum (Bayrisches Armeemuseum), Paradeplatz 4 (City center), ☎ , e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Tu-F 9:00-17:30, Sa-Su 10:00-17:30. 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. €3.50, €1 (on Sundays), <18 years free.
- German Medical History Museum (Deutsches Medizinhistorisches Museum), Anatomiestraße 18-20 (City center), ☎ , e-mail: email@example.com. Tu-Su 10:00-17:00. 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). Adults €5, concessions €2.50, <17 years free.
- Frankenstein tour, Griesmühlstraße & Poppenstraße in the courtyard of Hohe Schule, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Mar-Dec every second Friday 21:00. 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. €10.
- Guided city tours, Rathausplatz 2, ☎ , e-mail: email@example.com. 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, Am Sportpark 1, ☎ . Season: Jul-May. 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.
- Ice hockey game at Saturn Arena, Südliche Ringstraße 64, ☎ . Season:Sep-Apr. 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.
- THI - Technische Hochschule Ingolstadt. Previously known as University of applied sciences, this is Ingolstadt's very own university offering a broad spectrum of courses.
- WFI - Ingolstadt School of Management. 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.
- Ingolstadt Village, Otto-Hahn-Straße 1, ☎ . Mo – Sa 10.00 – 20.00 Uhr. Big outlet center for famous brands, including Bogner, Boss, Calvin Klein, Jimmy Choo, Lacoste, and Versace.
- WestPark Shopping Center, Am Westpark 6 (West of the city), ☎ , e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. M-Sa 9:00–20:00. 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.
- Viktualienmarkt (daily market), Am Viktualienmarkt (City center). 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) .
- Wochemarkt (weekly market), Theaterplatz (City center). W & Sa 8:00-13:00. 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.
- Würstelstube (sausage parlor), Ludwigstraße 27 (City center). M-Sa 9:00-18:00. 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.
- Kuchelbauer (Bavarian), Schäffbräustraße 11A (City center), ☎ , e-mail: email@example.com. Daily 11:00-15:00 & 17:00-1:00. 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).
- Schanzer Rutschn, Kanalstraße 1A (City center), ☎ , e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. M-Sa 17:00 until the last guest leaves. 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). Beer (0.5L) €3.70.
- AVUS, Ettinger Straße 62 (at Audi Forum), ☎ . M-Sa 11:00-15:00 & 18:00-23:00. 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.
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 hopes growing area, is just south. 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 a bit more traditional. During Lent you can get Starkbier like in most parts of Bavaria.
- Das Mo, Bergbräustraße 7 (Inner City), ☎ . 9:30 - 24:00. 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. A glass of beer (0.5l) is between 2 and 3€.
- Kastaniengarten, Gutsstrasse 4 (Oberhaunstadt), ☎ . open form 16:00 during the week and 11:00 on weekends and holiday (closed Tuesdays in winter). 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.
- Antoniusschwaige, Antonius-Schwaige 47 (near inner city), ☎ . 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.
- Sausalitos, Theresienstr. 31 - 85049 Ingolstadt (inner city). Local branch of a Mexican themed cocktail bar. Popular among local university students and younger people. Broad selection of drinks and snacks.
- Swept away, Donaustraße 14 - 85049 Ingolstadt (inner city). Caribbean themed cocktail bar an vegetarian restaurant. A great choice of beverage and dishes. Sometimes with 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. Google Maps.
- Havana Bar, Kupferstraße 24 - 85049 Ingolstadt (inner city), ☎ . Latinamerican music and cocktails (7,50 Euros; Happy Hour 19.00 - 21.00 Uhr Cocktails 5,00 € Blue Hour 00.00 - 01.00 Uhr Cocktails 5,50 €)
- Amadeus, Am Stein 9 - 85049 Ingolstadt (inner city). Two floors. Upper floor is a chill out area with an outside smoking passage. Lower floor is a rock night club. Google Map 3.50€ Entrance fee. A bottle of beer costs around 2.50€.
- Suxul, Theresienstr. 31 - 85049 Ingolstadt (inner city). 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.
- Maki, Johannesstr. - 85049 Ingolstadt (inner city). Mainly electronic music and hip hop. A benefit of this club is a more mature crowd than at Suxul. Entrance Fee: 5€.
- Youth Hostel Ingolstadt, Friedhofstr. 4 1/2 - 85049 Ingolstadt (near inner city, next to the university), ☎ . 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! 17.40€ a night an upwards.
- Hote Pius Hof, Gundekarstraße 4 - 85057 Ingolstadt (near Audi). Classic Hotel and restaurant. You can reach the Audi Forum and the rest of the Audi facilities with a comfortable walk. Rooms form 51€.
- Hotel Hecht, Regensburger Str. 77 - 85055 Ingolstadt (outside of inner city), ☎ . A little bit outside of the inner city in a more calm area. A bus stop is directly in front of the house. Prices starting at 55€.
- NH Ambassador Ingolstadt, Goethestrasse 153. D-85055 Ingolstadt (Near North exit of Autobahn 9), ☎ . 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. Rooms from 51€.
- Hotel Rappensbeger, Harderstrasse 3 - 85049 Ingolstadt (inner city). Highest rated hotel (4 stars) in the inner city and 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. Rooms from around 90€.
- Altstadthotel, Gymnasiumsstr. 9 - 85049 Ingolstadt (inner city). Hotel with modern interior in the inner city. Double rooms starting around 80€.
- Kult-Hotel, Theodor-Heuss-Straße 25 – 85055 Ingolstadt. Very classy hotel, located in the middle between the inner city, Audi and the Autobahn(Highway) From 150€ a night.
- Ara Hotel Comfort, Theodor-Heuss-Straße 30 – 85055 Ingolstadt. Only a few meters away from Kult-Hotel and not less luxurious. From 150€ a night.
Like most of Bavaria Ingolstadt is very safe. Even in the more deprived areas in the north you are unlikely to become the victim of a crime. Use your common sense to avoid risky situations though.
Additional to the (free) general German emergency lines (112 - General ermegency/Fire, 110 - Police) there's a direct line to get an ambulance: +49 841 19222.