Augsburg photos: snowy scenes, architecture, The Monochrome Set and the wonderful Grand Hotel Cosmopolis, Germany

Augsburg photos: snowy scenes, architecture and the wonderful Grand Hotel Cosmpolis, Germany

Located in deepest Bavaria, Augsburg is Germany’s third oldest city, being founded by the Romans and named after the Roman emperor Augustus.

I was back for the second time in twelve months to play another show with the Monochrome Set, and made the most of my spare time walking around the city and snapping photos.

Augsburg photos: snowy scenes, architecture and the wonderful Grand Hotel Cosmpolis, Germany

Getting to Augsburg involved flying to Munich and then catching a train through snow-covered landscapes to Augsburg.

Augsburg photos: snowy scenes, architecture and the wonderful Grand Hotel Cosmpolis, Germany

Munich station.

Augsburg photos: snowy scenes, architecture and the wonderful Grand Hotel Cosmpolis, Germany

Augsburg photos: snowy scenes, architecture and the wonderful Grand Hotel Cosmpolis, Germany

The man in white.

Augsburg photos: snowy scenes, architecture and the wonderful Grand Hotel Cosmpolis, Germany

Once again, we stayed at the wonderful Grand Hotel Cosmopolis, a former nursing home which now accommodates refugees, artists, musicians, and travellers under the same roof.

Based on the idea of the ‘Social Sculpture,’ the Cosmopolis provides an alternative solution of how refugees can be integrated into social life rather than living completely isolated from society. Read more here.

Augsburg photos: snowy scenes, architecture and the wonderful Grand Hotel Cosmpolis, Germany

Clocks in the hotel.

Augsburg photos: snowy scenes, architecture and the wonderful Grand Hotel Cosmpolis, Germany

View from my hotel room. Each room had been decorated and themed by a different artist.

Augsburg photos: snowy scenes, architecture and the wonderful Grand Hotel Cosmpolis, Germany

Augsburg photos: snowy scenes, architecture and the wonderful Grand Hotel Cosmpolis, Germany

Artwork inside the hotel.

Augsburg photos: snowy scenes, architecture and the wonderful Grand Hotel Cosmpolis, Germany

Augsburg photos: snowy scenes, architecture and the wonderful Grand Hotel Cosmpolis, Germany

Hotel wall.

Augsburg photos: snowy scenes, architecture and the wonderful Grand Hotel Cosmpolis, Germany

Augsburg was in the grip of a particularly chilly snap, with temperatures falling to -10C and below.

Before the gig, I went for a wander around town.

Augsburg photos: snowy scenes, architecture and the wonderful Grand Hotel Cosmpolis, Germany

Augsburg photos: snowy scenes, architecture and the wonderful Grand Hotel Cosmpolis, Germany

Augsburg photos: snowy scenes, architecture and the wonderful Grand Hotel Cosmpolis, Germany

Augsburg photos: snowy scenes, architecture and the wonderful Grand Hotel Cosmpolis, Germany

Augsburg photos: snowy scenes, architecture and the wonderful Grand Hotel Cosmpolis, Germany

Walking out of town.

Augsburg photos: snowy scenes, architecture and the wonderful Grand Hotel Cosmpolis, Germany

Sledging.

Augsburg photos: snowy scenes, architecture and the wonderful Grand Hotel Cosmpolis, Germany

Augsburg photos: snowy scenes, architecture and the wonderful Grand Hotel Cosmpolis, Germany

Augsburg lies at the convergence of the Alpine rivers Lech and Wertach and on the Singold.

Augsburg photos: snowy scenes, architecture and the wonderful Grand Hotel Cosmpolis, Germany

Augsburg photos: snowy scenes, architecture and the wonderful Grand Hotel Cosmpolis, Germany

Walking by the river.

Augsburg photos: snowy scenes, architecture and the wonderful Grand Hotel Cosmpolis, Germany

Augsburg photos: snowy scenes, architecture and the wonderful Grand Hotel Cosmpolis, Germany

Augsburg photos: snowy scenes, architecture and the wonderful Grand Hotel Cosmpolis, Germany

Augsburg photos: snowy scenes, architecture and the wonderful Grand Hotel Cosmpolis, Germany

Augsburg photos: snowy scenes, architecture and the wonderful Grand Hotel Cosmpolis, Germany

Augsburg photos: snowy scenes, architecture and the wonderful Grand Hotel Cosmpolis, Germany

Curious note on a tree.

Augsburg photos: snowy scenes, architecture and the wonderful Grand Hotel Cosmpolis, Germany

Building over a river.

Augsburg photos: snowy scenes, architecture and the wonderful Grand Hotel Cosmpolis, Germany

Snowy scenes.

Augsburg photos: snowy scenes, architecture and the wonderful Grand Hotel Cosmpolis, Germany

The Dorint Hotel Tower stands 107.2m tall (158m with the antenna) and is the highest building in the Augsburg area, and among the ten highest in Bavaria.

Built in 1972, the tower is architecturally similar to the Marina City towers in Chicago, and is nicknamed “Maiskolben” (corncob) because of its shape. Read more here.

Augsburg photos: snowy scenes, architecture and the wonderful Grand Hotel Cosmpolis, Germany

Snow covered tracks into the station.

Augsburg photos: snowy scenes, architecture and the wonderful Grand Hotel Cosmpolis, Germany

Upturned wagon.

Augsburg photos: snowy scenes, architecture and the wonderful Grand Hotel Cosmpolis, Germany

Augsburg photos: snowy scenes, architecture and the wonderful Grand Hotel Cosmpolis, Germany

No idea what this means!

Augsburg photos: snowy scenes, architecture and the wonderful Grand Hotel Cosmpolis, Germany

The stunningly beautiful St. Michael’s Chapel, Augsburg.

Augsburg photos: snowy scenes, architecture and the wonderful Grand Hotel Cosmpolis, Germany

Augsburg photos: snowy scenes, architecture and the wonderful Grand Hotel Cosmpolis, Germany

Augsburg photos: snowy scenes, architecture and the wonderful Grand Hotel Cosmpolis, Germany

Discarded candles.

Augsburg photos: snowy scenes, architecture and the wonderful Grand Hotel Cosmpolis, Germany

Augsburg photos: snowy scenes, architecture and the wonderful Grand Hotel Cosmpolis, Germany

Built in 1389, the original Weberhaus served as the seat of the weavers guild. In 1913, the dilapidated building was flattened and a new, similarly shaped building was built by Otto Holzer.

That building was destroyed in the war and rebuilt in 1959, surviving a devastating fire in 2004. Read more here.

Augsburg photos: snowy scenes, architecture and the wonderful Grand Hotel Cosmpolis, Germany

Street scenes and architecture.

Augsburg photos: snowy scenes, architecture and the wonderful Grand Hotel Cosmpolis, Germany

Augsburg photos: snowy scenes, architecture and the wonderful Grand Hotel Cosmpolis, Germany

Snow covered tables.

Augsburg photos: snowy scenes, architecture and the wonderful Grand Hotel Cosmpolis, Germany

Augsburg photos: snowy scenes, architecture and the wonderful Grand Hotel Cosmpolis, Germany

Children’s playground covered in snow.

Augsburg photos: snowy scenes, architecture and the wonderful Grand Hotel Cosmpolis, Germany

Game of table tennis, anyone?

Augsburg photos: snowy scenes, architecture and the wonderful Grand Hotel Cosmpolis, Germany

Augsburg photos: snowy scenes, architecture and the wonderful Grand Hotel Cosmpolis, Germany

I wonder if Flora said yes?

Augsburg photos: snowy scenes, architecture and the wonderful Grand Hotel Cosmpolis, Germany

We went out for a meal with the band. Beer was, naturally, involved.

Augsburg photos: snowy scenes, architecture and the wonderful Grand Hotel Cosmpolis, Germany

The Monochrome Set and Augsburg friends.

Augsburg photos: snowy scenes, architecture and the wonderful Grand Hotel Cosmpolis, Germany

Late bar.

Augsburg photos: snowy scenes, architecture and the wonderful Grand Hotel Cosmpolis, Germany

Stickers.

Augsburg photos: snowy scenes, architecture and the wonderful Grand Hotel Cosmpolis, Germany

More German beer. Oh yes.

Augsburg photos: snowy scenes, architecture and the wonderful Grand Hotel Cosmpolis, Germany

Augsburg photos: snowy scenes, architecture and the wonderful Grand Hotel Cosmpolis, Germany

This poster was outrageously sexist. Fancy a Gauloises? Let’s take our clothes off!

Augsburg photos: snowy scenes, architecture and the wonderful Grand Hotel Cosmpolis, Germany

I’d never seen an ID scanning cigarette machine before. Apparently they’re all over Europe.

Augsburg photos: snowy scenes, architecture and the wonderful Grand Hotel Cosmpolis, Germany

We were back at the City Club which is a brilliant venue in the centre of town – and they serve amazing pizzas downstairs!

This was my kit for the night: an old 1970s Tama number.

Augsburg photos: snowy scenes, architecture and the wonderful Grand Hotel Cosmpolis, Germany

Support band soundchecking. They were lovely chaps.

Augsburg photos: snowy scenes, architecture and the wonderful Grand Hotel Cosmpolis, Germany

This was my favourite beer of the tour: Feines Helles. Lovely stuff!

Augsburg photos: snowy scenes, architecture and the wonderful Grand Hotel Cosmpolis, Germany

Augsburg photos: snowy scenes, architecture and the wonderful Grand Hotel Cosmpolis, Germany

I went for another quick stroll before catching the train in the morning. It was a cracking day: cold but sunny.

Augsburg photos: snowy scenes, architecture and the wonderful Grand Hotel Cosmpolis, Germany

Augsburg photos: snowy scenes, architecture and the wonderful Grand Hotel Cosmpolis, Germany

Augsburg photos: snowy scenes, architecture and the wonderful Grand Hotel Cosmpolis, Germany

Augsburg photos: snowy scenes, architecture and the wonderful Grand Hotel Cosmpolis, Germany

The tunnel leading to the station.

Augsburg March 2017

Here’s a selection of photos from my first trip to Augsburg with The Monochrome Set last year:

Augsburg photos: snowy scenes, architecture and the wonderful Grand Hotel Cosmpolis, Germany

Augsburg photos: snowy scenes, architecture and the wonderful Grand Hotel Cosmpolis, Germany

Augsburg photos: snowy scenes, architecture and the wonderful Grand Hotel Cosmpolis, Germany

Augsburg photos: snowy scenes, architecture and the wonderful Grand Hotel Cosmpolis, Germany

Rooms in the Cosmopolis hotel.

Augsburg photos: snowy scenes, architecture and the wonderful Grand Hotel Cosmpolis, Germany

Augsburg photos: snowy scenes, architecture and the wonderful Grand Hotel Cosmpolis, Germany

Augsburg photos: snowy scenes, architecture and the wonderful Grand Hotel Cosmpolis, Germany

Augsburg photos: snowy scenes, architecture and the wonderful Grand Hotel Cosmpolis, Germany

Augsburg photos: snowy scenes, architecture and the wonderful Grand Hotel Cosmpolis, Germany

Augsburg photos: snowy scenes, architecture and the wonderful Grand Hotel Cosmpolis, Germany

Tram lines.

Augsburg photos: snowy scenes, architecture and the wonderful Grand Hotel Cosmpolis, Germany

Augsburg photos: snowy scenes, architecture and the wonderful Grand Hotel Cosmpolis, Germany

Augsburg photos: snowy scenes, architecture and the wonderful Grand Hotel Cosmpolis, Germany

Augsburg photos: snowy scenes, architecture and the wonderful Grand Hotel Cosmpolis, Germany

Augsburg photos: snowy scenes, architecture and the wonderful Grand Hotel Cosmpolis, Germany

Augsburg photos: snowy scenes, architecture and the wonderful Grand Hotel Cosmpolis, Germany

Augsburg photos: snowy scenes, architecture and the wonderful Grand Hotel Cosmpolis, Germany

Augsburg photos: snowy scenes, architecture and the wonderful Grand Hotel Cosmpolis, Germany

Augsburg photos: snowy scenes, architecture and the wonderful Grand Hotel Cosmpolis, Germany

Disko box.

Augsburg photos: snowy scenes, architecture and the wonderful Grand Hotel Cosmpolis, Germany

Tram station.

Augsburg photos: snowy scenes, architecture and the wonderful Grand Hotel Cosmpolis, Germany

More beer. Yay!

Augsburg photos: snowy scenes, architecture and the wonderful Grand Hotel Cosmpolis, Germany

Augsburg photos: snowy scenes, architecture and the wonderful Grand Hotel Cosmpolis, Germany

Inside the City Club bar/restaurant.

Augsburg photos: snowy scenes, architecture and the wonderful Grand Hotel Cosmpolis, Germany

Tram station at night.

Augsburg photos: snowy scenes, architecture and the wonderful Grand Hotel Cosmpolis, Germany

Augsburg photos: snowy scenes, architecture and the wonderful Grand Hotel Cosmpolis, Germany

Augsburg photos: snowy scenes, architecture and the wonderful Grand Hotel Cosmpolis, Germany

Queue to get into the Monochrome Set gig.

Augsburg photos: snowy scenes, architecture and the wonderful Grand Hotel Cosmpolis, Germany

The excellent support act onstage.

Augsburg photos: snowy scenes, architecture and the wonderful Grand Hotel Cosmpolis, Germany

Augsburg photos: snowy scenes, architecture and the wonderful Grand Hotel Cosmpolis, Germany

Augsburg photos: snowy scenes, architecture and the wonderful Grand Hotel Cosmpolis, Germany

Augsburg photos: snowy scenes, architecture and the wonderful Grand Hotel Cosmpolis, Germany

Monochrome Set onstage (pics by Vanessa)

Augsburg photos: snowy scenes, architecture and the wonderful Grand Hotel Cosmpolis, Germany

Augsburg photos: snowy scenes, architecture and the wonderful Grand Hotel Cosmpolis, Germany

After show DJ night.

Augsburg photos: snowy scenes, architecture and the wonderful Grand Hotel Cosmpolis, Germany

Augsburg photos: snowy scenes, architecture and the wonderful Grand Hotel Cosmpolis, Germany

Back in the hotel.

Augsburg photos: snowy scenes, architecture and the wonderful Grand Hotel Cosmpolis, Germany

Augsburg photos: snowy scenes, architecture and the wonderful Grand Hotel Cosmpolis, Germany

Augsburg photos: snowy scenes, architecture and the wonderful Grand Hotel Cosmpolis, Germany

C & A still lives on in Germany!

Augsburg photos: snowy scenes, architecture and the wonderful Grand Hotel Cosmpolis, Germany

Tram wires.

Augsburg photos: snowy scenes, architecture and the wonderful Grand Hotel Cosmpolis, Germany

More photos of Germany here

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