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Augsburg parks offer many different things for visitors.
Spend a day riding elephants at the zoo, experience some zen meditation at the Botanic Garden, or dare to kayak down the artificial whitewater course that was built during the 1972 Munich Olympics.
Over 2,000 animals call the Augsburg Zoo home. This Augsburg nature park is sure to delight both children and adults. The animals come from all over the world, in all shapes and sizes, and feature some of the most popular varieties of zoo specimens.
Some of the highlights include the dainty hummingbirds, the playful seals (come at the right time and you’ll see them being fed), the enormous elephants (and elephant rides), and even a train that will take you to all the sights!
If you’re seeking some peace, rest or relaxation, then head over to this Augsburg nature park. The Botanic Garden (Botanischer Garten) is the home of several smaller gardens, each with a unique theme or attraction.
The Japanese garden will offer you a little bit of zen in the middle of Swabia. The rose garden will be awash with bright colors if you’re lucky enough to visit during their peak season. There’s also an apothecary garden as well as a farmer’s garden. Greenhouses show off some interesting, exotic plants.
And let’s not forget the most important garden of all, the beer garden where you can enjoy a cold brew and some snacks. :-)
Olympic Kayak Course (Eiskanal)
The Eiskanal offers visitors to Augsburg a unique chance to float through this artificial whitewater course.
If there isn’t a competition going on, you can navigate this daring course on your own, with its many obstacles along its 600 m (1969 ft) length. Be warned, though, that it is not an easy course, with water speeds of 3-6 m (9-19 ft) per second and a difference of 4.5 m (14.7 ft) in elevation between the start and finish.
With its pristine wooded location, a trip to the kayak course is still a great choice, even if you decide not to venture into its challenging waters.