Most of those landing at Memmingen’s Allgau Airport after a two and a half hour flight from Shannon Airport will be on their way to ski on the Bavarian Alps or to the relaxing surroundings of nearby Lake Constance. However, visitors often base themselves in this charming town, which allows easy access to the more well-known destinations of Munich and Augsburg.
The airport is roughly just 3km from the city centre with taxis willing to shuttle you there for €10-€12. It’s just as easy to take the bus though, which can be conveniently found outside the main terminal building.
A hidden gem
Memmingen, in comparison to the nearby metropolises, is relatively sleepy.
Budget and mid-range hotels are the most common types of accommodation here so getting a roof over your head won’t break the bank. Most places are within easy reach of the centre too so you’ll have your base nearby regardless of the option that you go for.
Given its size, the town centre is easy to navigate. The market square is usually the best place to kick off your adventure of discovery – you can pick up a free map at the tourist information office.
Many of Memmingen’s relics of medieval times are still very much intact, including the city gates and towers. More specifically, five gates and five towers have been preserved so you can get a taste of the protection techniques used to keep the town’s inhabitants safe all those centuries ago. Most of the moats that surrounded the town back then have long since been filled in, with the notable exception of the Hohe Wacht, which you’ll find gaping to the south of the old town.
It’s rare to lose your way here, but if you do, the city’s council has installed handy walking routes – the Roter Weg (Red Route) and the Gruner Weg (Green Route) – which snake around the town, take in all of the main attractions, and will lead you on your way. Make sure to pay a visit to the Seven-Roofs House which is widely considered as one of the most notable landmarks.
The selection of cafés, restaurants and bars isn’t overly extensive although for a city of 41,000 people, it more than suffices. With regional and international dining options, and cocktail bars, pubs and nightclubs dotted throughout the city, every taste and desire is catered for in a homely atmosphere.