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Augsburg competes with water systems EMS world heritage site
Augsburg has advertised in the past year, at Unesco in Paris for the title of world cultural heritage. The Augsburg-based company firmly believe that their historical fountains, canals, water towers and power plants have a good Chance. Currently, there are 44 natural and cultural heritage sites in Germany, seven of them in Bavaria. the Thomas Balbierer, Augsburg

Who wants a journey through the world of the Augsburg-based water companies, in the Depths of the previous supply of drinking water and the tips of the famous water towers, you should get Elisabeth Retsch as a tour guide in the boat. For more than 35 years, the Augsburg in Bavaria leads people through their city. If the woman with her silver shoes, gray hair and colorful turn briskly through the old city progresses, fall terms such as "terrific", "amazing" or "perfect". For example, at the sight of mercury's Butt. The Statue of the Greek deity stands on a high pedestal in the Maximilian Museum, it was modeled by the Dutch sculptor Adriaen de Vries. "Look at them muscles", says Retsch, with a view on the shapely back of the figure. Mercury was not only the front, but also "in the back perfectly."

Actually, mercury. the mercury fountain in Augsburg's Maximilianstrasse thrones But there is a copy, the original character has long since found their way into the Museum, says Retsch. In addition to your "favorite" Mercurius Augustus, and Hercules are in the courtyard. The fountain and its figures are probably the most magnificent parts of the sophisticated water management system and could soon be even more tourists than in the past admired. Because Augsburg has advertised in the past year, at Unesco in Paris for the title of world cultural heritage. In July of the decision and of the Augsburg faith falls firmly in the fact that their historical fountains, canals, water towers and power plants have a good Chance.

The channels to pull anyway through the entire city.

(photo: Ruth Plössel)

you Ask Antonia Hager, why the water management system this award it has earned, she says, "Because it is, in fact, unique." Hager is a monument to nurse and has worked in the bureaucratic, and the content-consuming application from the city. The font is available as a thick book on a table in your office. Currently, the International Denkmalrat evaluates all of the 44 worldwide approved applications, by the end of may, the Committee of Unesco shall communicate its recommendation. The decision of the world heritage Committee in June and July. Hager believes that Augsburg has also, therefore, a good chance, because the Unesco is striving for a more balanced world heritage list: less churches, castles and old towns, instead of more modern and technical monuments.

is How much technology is actually behind the Augsburg water world, one can observe clearly on the southern edge of the old town. At the Red gate in city wall, fountain merge master's house and two water towers together. A third party is only a few meters away. The plant is a symbol of Augsburg's water management. According to the town leader, Retsch is the "oldest water tower in Central Europe, maybe even in the whole of Europe is here". The monuments are preserved in its original state, which was for the Unesco application is very important.

After the construction of the first tower in 1416, the plant supplied the city with drinking and industrial water. The drinking water came from springs in the town forest, the process water for power plants and craftsmen from the Lech. Particularly: The Augsburg, the flow separated from the source water. Both overcame a two-lane aqueduct city ditch and wall. The aqueduct is still intact today. Since the Augsburg old town lies on a high terrace, had to be pumped the water to the citizens of up. This happened in the water towers. Of water powered pumping systems lead the water through pipes vertically upwards, where it was collected in a basin and back down was promoted.

The pressure was enough to supply the fountain and houses of the city with drinking water. Up to 130 000 liters per day pumped to the plant in the city. To would not peak times, the rich today, once more, for ten minutes, but the water towers are no longer in operation. The tap water of the Augsburg comes from the groundwater of a protected reservoir. Drinking water fountain, there are, however, still today, in the old town.

Elisabeth Retsch believe Neither Antonia Hager, the title of world heritage site would lead to an Explosion in tourism numbers. "But experience shows that tourism is increasing", says Retsch, who has traveled to many world heritage sites. The Unesco title is a "brand" that the city would benefit. The award would be, but also as a sign of appreciation is important, says monument a nurse for Hager. "Water is the DNA of the city." In addition to the Fugger, Bertolt Brecht and Leopold Mozart, it is one of the signs to the notices. Overall, the Augsburg-based application includes 22 objects from about 800 years of city history. The stations are distributed from the city forest in the South, through the city core to the North to Meitingen (district of Augsburg).

The state of the art monument of the ice channel, which was built for the 1972 Olympic games. So far, in Bavaria there are seven world heritage sites: The old towns of Bamberg and Regensburg, the Limes, the würzburg Residenz Palace, the margravial Opera house in Bayreuth, the Wies Church and the prehistoric pile dwellings around the Alps. Augsburg world culture heritage, the city needs a visit to the centre. Concrete plans it is not, still says Hager. On the ground floor of the municipal administration at the town hall square, however, load independent of the application to be a "Water" set up. He has to serve tourists to the orientation.

Elisabeth Retsch has no doubt that your city gets the title. If you are enthused by the sound of the Lech channels, accompanied by the Italian Flair of the old town, a must-have for almost right when she says: "Augsburg is one of the most beautiful cities ever."

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