Augsburg is a city in the south-west of Bavaria, Germany. It was a Free Imperial City for over 500 years. Furthermore, it is the third-largest city in Bavaria (after Munich and Nuremberg) with a population of 284,000 citizens. Moreover, after Neuss and Trier, Augsburg is Germany's third oldest city, being founded by the Romans as Augusta Vindelicorum, named after the Roman emperor Augustus. And even more trivia: Augsburg is the only German city with its own legal holiday, the Augsburger Hohes Friedensfest, celebrated on August 8 every year.
Augsburg was the home of two patrician families that rose to great prominence internationally, replacing the Medicis as Europe's leading bankers, the Fugger and the Welser families.