Augsburg, Germany

Augsburg is in the German state of Bavaria, with a population of 500,000 and an urban population of 265,000. It has the most beautiful natural scenery in Germany, and is famous for its springs. The city has a spring festival and many spring activities every year. Augsburg includes the region south of the Danube, east Ulm, the area west of Munich, Boden Lake and the area north of the Alps. The area covers 147 square kilometers, with 91 km of borders. The length from east to west is 14.5 km, and 22 km south to north. At the same time, the city of Augsburg is Bavaria's third-largest city, and is known as a "college town". It is the location of the district government and the region's economic center, with the world's most advanced level of computer and electronic technology.

Augsburg was founded around 15 BC during the Roman Empire. It is a cultural city and one of the oldest in Germany. In the 13th century, it was a Roman municipality directly under the control of the central government, and it gradually developed into a regional center city. Some of its people were rich coin makers and shippers whose wealth was famous across Europe. During the Renaissance, it achieved excellence in architecture, music and painting. Rococo architecture and art at that time was known as the Augsburg style. The city was the ancestral home of the music master Wolfgang Mozart, later of the drama master Bertolt Brecht and the inventor of the diesel engine Diesel.

The city's major industries are machinery manufacturing, environmental protection and electronics. It is home to Walter Construction Co Ltd, KUKA Welding Equipment Co Ltd , BOEWE, Fujitsu Siemens Information Industrial Park and the national environmental research base.

German companies that have invested in Jinan are mostly located in this region. Siemens' electrical headquarters are in Nuremberg and the Kogel company headquarters are located in Ulm.

On October 10, 2004, Bao Zhiqiang, the mayor of Jinan and his Augsburg counterpart, Paul Wenger signed a sister city agreement in Augsburg.

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