Ingolstadt is a city in Upper Bavaria, southern Germany, best known for being home to the car company Audi. It was here that the dukes of Bavaria, Wilhelm IV and Ludwig X, announced the Reinheitsgebot brewing purity order in 1516, which is still used heavily in marketing for German beer.
Although it counts over 138,000 residents (2018) today, some people still call it a village, since it can't keep up with the big city charm of Munich or Nuremberg. Ingolstadt is known for hosting the first Bavarian university and having large military fortress facilities. The latter is the reason, why many citizens of Ingolstadt still call themselves Schanzer (from verschanzen: to fortify). It is also the city, where Adam Weishaupt - a professor at Ingolstadt University - founded the Illuminati, and the popular novel Frankenstein by Mary Shelley is set. However, Shelly made a mistake in that she did not account for the fact that the University of Ingolstadt had already moved to Landshut by the time her book was written in 1808. The university moved again in 1826 and is now known as Ludwig Maximilian's University Munich. Ingolstadt is also the home of the headquarters of the car manufacturer Audi.
Munich Airport (MUC IATA) is 70 km (45 mi) south of the city and the closest international airport. 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. If you are a party of up to 5 people and travel on a tight budget, though, 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. However 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 centre of Ingolstadt, stopping there at the central bus station (ZOB). It leaves every 90 min between 05:15 and 00:15 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 (NUE IATA) is 100 km (62 mi) north of Ingolstadt, so also rather close by and can be reached easily by train and subway. From the airport you take the subway to Nürnberg Hbf (Central Station). The ride takes some 13 min. There you change to a train (another 40 min ride to Ingolstadt).
- 1 Ingolstadt Manching Airport (IGS IATA). Mostly a military airport, it does have a civilian section and is used for general aviation as well as flights by VW and Audi between Ingolstadt and Wolfsburg
One of Ingolstadt's biggest selling points is its location along the Nuremberg-Ingolstadt high speed rail line where trains reach 300 km/h (190 mph) and it's thus within convenient commuting distance of both Munich and Nuremberg.
- 2 Ingolstadt Hauptbahnhof (HBF). As the name implies, this is by far the most important station in town and it sees ICE service among others
- 3 Ingolstadt Nord. This is a secondary station with mostly regional service. It is slightly closer to the historical old town than the main station
4 Ingolstadt intercity bus station
Flixbus serves Ingolstadt mostly stopping close to the Nordbahnhof.
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.
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 centre. And even if you don't get one, you're better off making pace in your direction than standing in the city centre 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.
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. Getting a €100 fine for driving on red lights 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 centre and are within walking distance of one another.
- 1 Herzogskasten, Hallstraße 2 (City centre). Literally translated "The Duke's Box" this old castle built in 1255 is the oldest secular building in the city. Today it hosts the city library.
- 2 Kreuztor, Kreuzstraße & Oberer Graben (City centre). 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.
- 3 Liebfrauenmünster, Kreuzstraße & Konviktstraße (City centre), ☏ , 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.
- 4 Maria de Victoria Church (Asam Church), Neubaustraße 1 (inner city). Hours vary by season. Hidden in the narrow streets of the historic city centre, this is a jewel of baroque art, especially the fresco on the ceiling. €2.
- 5 Old City Hall (Altes Rathaus), Rathausplatz 2 (City centre). 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.
- 6 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 visit the World War I exhibition of the Bavarian Army Museum inside or take a walk around the surrounding park area (Klenzepark).
- 7 St. Moritz Church, Moritzstraße 4 (Next to the Old City Hall), ☏ . Dating back to 1234, this church is the oldest building in Ingolstadt.
- 8 Audi Forum and Museum Mobile, Ettinger Straße 62, ☏ , email@example.com. Daily 09:00-18:00. 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.
- 9 Bavarian Army Museum (Bayrisches Armeemuseum), Paradeplatz 4 (city centre), ☏ , firstname.lastname@example.org. Tu-F 09:30–17:30, 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 artefacts from different eras as well as a bunch of replicas. The Reduit Tilly, a part of the former state fortress in Klenzepark hosts a World War I exhibition. The latter is a very interesting and well structured museum, with exhibits and documents from the era and some short films which summarise the history. The Army Museum is being renovated in 2019, so some parts may be closed. Many of the captions are in German and they have something of a pro-Bavarian and politically conservative slant but the original exhibits are interesting even if you don't subscribe to their view of history. €3.50, €1 (on Sundays), under 18 years free.
- 10 German Medical History Museum (Deutsches Medizinhistorisches Museum), Anatomiestraße 18-20 (city centre), ☏ , email@example.com. 10:00–17:00 (closed Mondays). 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 Antiquity 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, under 17 years free.
- 11 Stadtmuseum Ingolstadt (City Museum), Auf der Schanz 45 85049 Ingolstadt, ☏ , fax: , firstname.lastname@example.org. Tu-F 09:00-17:00, Sa Su 10:00-17:00. Regular €6, reduced €4.50; €2 for a guided tour; €1 less when no special exhibition is taking place.
- 12 Museum für Konkrete Kunst, Tränktorstraße 6–8, ☏ . 10:00-17:00 (closed Mondays). An art museum. Regular €5, reduced €3.
There's a playground next to Police Museum at Klenzepark. Free and open year round.
- 1 Frankenstein tour, Griesmühlstraße & Poppenstraße in the courtyard of Hohe Schule, email@example.com. Mar-Dec every second Friday 21:00. Ingolstadt's old university is the setting for the experiments of Mary Shelley's notorious doctor. 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.
- 2 Guided city tours, Rathausplatz 2, ☏ , firstname.lastname@example.org. 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. The starting point of any of these tours is the tourist information office in the Old City Hall.
- 4 Beer festivals, Volksfestplatz, Dreizehnerstraße. May/Jun & Sep/Oct. Ingolstadt has two traditional Bavarian beer festivals (think Oktoberfest in small) lasting ten days each. The first and bigger one starts the Friday before Pentecost and is therefore known as the Pfingstfest. Herbstfest (autumn festival), the second one, starts on the Friday before the last Sunday in September, running in parallel to the second week of Oktoberfest. You can find beer tents, food, rides, games and stalls. It is a bit more traditional than Oktoberfest and not as bustling, but in the evenings (especially on Friday and Saturday) the beer tents become full blown party areas.
- 5 Barthelmarkt, Barthelmarktstraße 8, 85077 Manching (leave the city by car to the south via B13 or even better take the special bus line). Last weekend of August. Even bigger than Ingolstadt's own beer festivals is the Barthelmarkt (St. Bartholomew market) in the village of Oberstimm, just south of Ingolstadt. Built as a horse market, it is now the biggest beer festival in the region, with its four beer tents being jam packed from early morning to late night. It happens on the last weekend in August, including Friday and Monday. Monday morning's horse market is the traditional highlight of the event.
- 6 Adventszauber (Christkindlmarkt). 23 Nov-23 Dec: Su-Th 10:00-20:00, F 10:00-21:00. On Christmas, the historic inner city transforms into a seasonal event. The heart is traditional Christkindlmarkt (Christmas Market), with wooden stalls selling food, Christmas gimmicks, Glühwein (lit. "glowing wine", warm seasoned wine) and other things, a merry-go-round and a story-teller. Another highlight is the outdoor ice skating rink in front at Paradeplatz.
- 7 Classical music open air, Klenzepark. July. Each summer Audi sponsors a series of classic music concerts, with the classical music open air being the arguable highlight. For a weekend in July, a stage is built onto the large lawn in the Klenzepark. The Georgian Chamber Orchestra and the Audi Wind Orchestra each play one evening. Bring a picnic set, sit down and listening to the music sounding around the old classical fortress walls. There is also a fireworks show. Free admission.
- 8 Soccer 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 association football, Germany's national sport. Ingolstadt has a young professional club – Die Schanzer – which oscillates between second (in 2018-19) and first league.
- 9 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.
- 1 Technische Hochschule Ingolstadt (THI), Esplanade 10, ☏ , email@example.com. Previously known as University of applied sciences, this is Ingolstadt's very own university offering a broad spectrum of courses.
- 2 Ingolstadt School of Management (WFI), Auf der Schanz 49, firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
- 1 Ingolstadt Village, Otto-Hahn-Straße 1, ☏ . M–Sa 10:00–20:00. Big outlet centre for famous brands, including Bogner, Boss, Calvin Klein, Jimmy Choo, Lacoste, and Versace.
- 2 WestPark Shopping Center, Am Westpark 6 (West of the city), ☏ , email@example.com. M-Sa 09:00–20:00. Big two-storey shopping arcade with a vast variety of shops, restaurants and cafés. Free parking is available. An attached entertaiment centre contains the biggest cinema of the city.
- 1 Viktualienmarkt (daily market), Am Viktualienmarkt (City centre). 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) .
- 2 Wochemarkt (weekly market), Theaterplatz (City centre). W & Sa 08:00-13:00. 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.
- 3 Würstelstube (sausage parlour), Ludwigstraße 27 (City cent). M-Sa 09:00-18:00. Get the some of the 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.
- 4 Schanzer Rutschn, Kanalstraße 1A (City centre), ☏ , 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.
- 5 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 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 hops growing area, is just south-east of the city. Next to its big traditional breweries Herrnbräu and Nordbräu, Ingolstadt has seen a surge of micro breweries over the last decade. You can also get several other regional brands.
Around Pentecost and in autumn the beer festival takes place. It's similar to the Munich Oktoberfest but smaller and more traditional. During Lent you can get Starkbier (strong beer) like in most parts of Bavaria.
- 1 Antonius-Schwaige, Antoniusschwaige 47, ☏ . W-M 10:00-22:00. 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.
- 2 Das Mo, Bergbräustraße 7 (Inner City), ☏ . 09:30-00:00. 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 €2-3.
- 3 Kastaniengarten, Gutsstraße 4 (Oberhaunstadt), ☏ . open from 16:00 during the week and 11:00 on weekends and holiday (closed Tu 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.
- 4 Havana Bar, Kupferstraße 24, ☏ . Su-M & W-Th 19:00-2:00, F Sa 19:00-3:00. Latin-American music and cocktails. During Happy Hour from 19:00-21:00 all cocktails cost €5.00. Cocktails €7.50.
- 5 Sausalitos, Theresienstraße 31, ☏ . Su-W 17:00-01:00, Th 17:00-02:00, F Sa 17:00-03:00. Local branch of a Mexican themed cocktail bar chain. Popular among local university students and younger people. Broad selection of drinks and snacks.
- 6 Swept Away, Donaustraße 14, ☏ , email@example.com. Su-Th 17:30-01:00, F 19:00-03:00, Sa 17:30-03:00. 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.
- Rosengasse, Kleine Rosengasse, 85049 Ingolstadt. It doesn't get more hipster for a middle-sized Bavarian town
- 7 Amadeus, Am Stein 9. 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. Entry €3.50, beer €2.50.
- 8 Suxul, Theresienstraße 31, ☏ , firstname.lastname@example.org. Two-floor dance club next to Sausalitos. If you are into electronic music and meeting local party crowd, this club might be your best shot.
- 1 Youth Hostel Ingolstadt (Jugendherberge Ingolstadt), Friedhofstraße 4 1/2 (near the university), ☏ , email@example.com. Old former fortress building with old military "charm". 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! from €17.60 per person.
- 2 Hotel Hecht, Regensburger Straße 77, ☏ . A short walk east of the inner city in a more calm area. A bus stop is in front of the house. from €55.
- 3 NH Ambassador Ingolstadt, Goethestraße 153 (near exit 61 of autobahn A 9), ☏ , firstname.lastname@example.org. 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. from €51.
- 4 Altstadthotel, Gymnasiumsstraße 9, ☏ , email@example.com. Hotel with modern interior in the inner city. Double from €80.
- 5 ARA-Hotel Comfort, Theodor-Heuss-Straße 30, ☏ , firstname.lastname@example.org. Only a few metres away from KULT-Hotel and not less luxurious. from €150.
- 6 Hotel Rappensbeger, Harderstraße 3, ☏ , email@example.com. 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. Double from €97.
- 7 KULT-Hotel, Theodor-Heuss-Straße 25, ☏ , firstname.lastname@example.org. Very classy hotel between the inner city, Audi and the autobahn. from €150.
Like most of Bavaria, Ingolstadt is very safe. Even in the more deprived areas in the north you are unlikely to run into any trouble. Use your common sense to avoid risky situations, though.
Additional to the (free) general German emergency lines (112 - General emergency/fire, 110 - Police) there's a direct (and also free) line to get an ambulance ☏.
As of Nov 2022, Ingolstadt and its approach highways have 5G from all German carriers. Wifi ("WLAN" in German) is widely available in public places.
- Landshut. The capital of Lower Bavaria's main attractions are the quadrennial Landshut Wedding, which takes place in the well preserved medieval city centre, and St. Martin's Church, the highest church in Bavaria.
- Munich. The capital of Bavaria, its biggest city and the place to go for culture and arts aficionados, is 35 min away by train.
- Nuremberg. The nearby biggest city of Franconia offers a wide range of interesting travelling destinations, including the Nazi party rally grounds.
- Regensburg. Beautiful medieval city at the shores of the river Danube, which is listed a UNESCO World Heritage Site in its entirety.
|Routes through Ingolstadt|
|Berlin ← Nuremberg ←||N S||→ → Munich|
|Würzburg ← Weißenburg ←||NW S||→ → Munich|
|← ←||W E||→ Kelheim → Regensburg|
|Augsburg ← ←||SW E||→ End|
|Erfurt ← Nuremberg ←||Berlin Munich||→ Munich|
|Augsburg ←||SW E||→ End|
|Ulm ←||W NE||→ Regensburg|