Memmingen (near Munich)

Charming historic city and gateway to the beautiful Allgu region

Memmingen is a picturesque small city with some of the best-preserved medieval architecture in Southern Germany. Discover the city gates, towers, courtyards and patricians’ houses and explore the surrounding countryside. In winter, experience the magic of the snowy mountains and Christmas Markets.

Shopping

With a population of under 50,000, Memmingen has an atmospheric rather than an extensive shopping district. Most of the larger stores cluster around the area between the main marketplace and the Schrannenplatz, while the pedestrian Kramerstrasse zone houses a small selection of boutiques and traditional craft stalls. Maximilianstrasse has recently undergone a major redesign, and its new Reischmann fashion and sports shop (Maximilianstrasse 12-18) is now the favoured hangout of the town’s young trendies. If you’re looking for a bigger retail fix, then Munich’s countless designer stores and daily markets are just a short drive away from Memmingen’s Allgu Airport.

Food & Drink

Bavarian cuisine is traditionally simple and rustic, and many of Memmingen’s restaurants serve up the warming specialities of the region – but there is diversity here if you know where to look. Historic wine bar Weinstube Weber am Bach (Untere Bachgasse 2) is one of the most sophisticated venues in town, whether you’re planning dinner or just a preprandial aperitif. Tanivera (Hallhof 9), a recently opened Italian eatery in a refurbished building, is gradually acquiring kudos among local gourmands; although if you’re prepared to head into Memmingen’s suburbs then Ristorante Palazzo (Goldhoferstrasse 7) is still considered to be the best Italian in town.

Events

Top 5 events

Memmingen in Bloom
May
Every year on the Saturday before Mothering Sunday, a riotous spring market comes to Memmingen. There are stalls selling wine, flowers, arts and crafts and local produce, as well as a car show, fashion show, dancing and music.

Children’s Festival
July/August
Based on a 400-year-old tradition, this festival celebrates the end of the Bavarian academic year. It features street parades, present-giving and dancing in the market square, as well as a church service aimed at kids of all ages.

Fisher Day
August
This historic tradition originated back when the stream that flowed through Memmingen had to be drained once a year for cleaning. The residents would gather to fish all the trout from the stream, and one of them would be named the ‘Fisher King’. The Fisher Day festival now runs every year, and has barely changed since the day of its inauguration.

Memmingen Fair
October
Like many German cities, Memmingen celebrates the coming of autumn with a colourful market and fun fair. Amusement arcades, rides, food stalls and live music are just some of the fair’s attractions.

Christmas Market
November-December
Memmingen’s Christmas Market is only 50 years old, but it’s among the most magical of its kind in Germany. The mayor and the ‘Christ child’ open the market by torchlight before the first Sunday of advent.

Hotels

The classiest hotels in Memmingen hide modern luxuries behind historic facades – four-star Hotel Weisses Ross (Salzstrasse 12) is housed in a 15th-century building and attracts most of the city’s well-heeled visitors, although the industrial-minimalist vibe channelled at the RiKu Hotel (Schweizerberg 17) tends to draw a younger, funkier crowd. You only have to drive a short distance from the city centre to find yourself in peaceful countryside dotted with country house hotels. Schloss Lautrach (Schlossstrasse 1, Lautrach) wows guests with its landscaped grounds and outdoor games area, while nearby Gasthof Rssle (Deybachstrasse 16, Lautrach) offers rural charm at budget-friendly prices.

Essentials

  • Language

    German

  • Currency

    Euro

  • Time zone

    GMT+1hour (+2hours in summer)

  • Flight time

    2 hours

  • Holiday type

    Sightseeing, Winter sports, City break

Weather

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