County of Aichach-Friedberg

Tucked in between Munich, Augsburg and Ingolstadt, the county of Aichach-Friedberg is small enough to go under the radar. Yet its history alone makes it one of the most remarkable counties in the Free State of Bavaria.

 

 

 

There are good reasons why the county of Aichach-Friedberg is widely referred to as "Wittelsbach country". It was here that the House of Wittelsbach was given its name; and it was in Aichach that what is now Wittelsbach Castle was once the ruling family's official seat. Traces of the Bavarian dynasty, which shaped the state's history for nearly 800 years, can still be found throughout the region. The picture on the right shows the magnificently appointed Burgkirche ("castle chapel") in Oberwittelsbach, once the site of the Wittelsbach family castle. Today, the county remains a charming corner of "old Bavaria in Swabia" and is inhabited by about 130,000 people.

Cycle paths and hiking trails are an excellent way to discover and enjoy the wonderful scenery, taking in a number of palaces and churches, meandering along natural river and stream courses. "Wittelsbach country" is good for body and soul.

Snug, secluded beer gardens and traditional inns serve excellent and sometimes home-brewed local beers with tasty specialties from the region. Typical old Bavarian culture blends with archetypal Swabia here in Wittelsbach country. The biggest attraction for visitors is the palace of Empress Sissi near Aichach. One peculiarity of the region is an unusually high concentration of pilgrimage churches that are well worth seeing. Theater buffs can enjoy the rare treat of watching classic productions against the backdrop of the remaining ramparts at the Hofberg open-air theater in Schiltberg.

 

 

The Burgkirche in Oberwittelsbach © Erich Echter

Family entertainment is provided at Fred Rai's Western City (featuring the South German Karl May Festival in Dasing), at the Soccerpark (football golf), at the Schloss Scherneck climbing forest near Rehling and at the Bayerischer Hiasl theme park on the Gut Mergenthau estate near Kissing, where visitors can encounter Hiasl himself, the notorious poacher and bandit.

Economically, the county of Aichach-Friedberg benefits from its central location. Resident companies benefit from excellent transport connections. Munich and Augsburg are within very easy reach by the six-lane A8 freeway that ultimately links Paris and Vienna.

Very well developed road links such as the B300 and B2 national highways also provide easy access to the wider region, as does the extensive rail network. Completion of a new section of the AIC 25 county road has now also given the spacious  business park in Friedberg direct access to the A8. Munich's international airport is about three quarters of an hour away.

Impressions of Aichach-Friedberg

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Who to contact

Daniela Eder

Aichach-Friedberg County Administration Office
Economic Development

 

Phone: +49 (0)8251 92102
E-mail:  daniela.eder@no-spam-pleaselra-aic-fdb.de

Wolfgang Müller

Aichach-Friedberg County Administration Office
Press and PR Officer

 

Phone: +49 (0)8251 92282
E-mail:  wolfgang.mueller@no-spam-pleaselra-aic-fdb.de