Waterworks at Vogeltor ©Martin Augsburger/Stadt Augsburg
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Waterworks at Vogeltor

The waterworks was, as already a predecessor on the city wall, built in the immediate vicinity of the bird's gate in 1774 on a former fortress tower. The waterworks were used primarily for the drinking water supply in the Lech quarter.

Building history and description

  • plant with water tower at medieval fortification near the bird gate
  • Augsburg, city center, Lechviertel; between Oberer Gang, Am Vogeltor and Oberer Graben
  • predecessor tower built in 1538
  • New construction of the second tower 1776, in operation until 1879
  • medieval gothic tower with square layout
  • Facade articulated by high-profile arched windows
  • Spire in the form of a so-called tent roof, plain tile
  • Outer Stadtgraben (city moat) flows past the bird's gate under the defensive wall, becoming the inner Stadtgraben (city moat)
Brunnenwerk am Vogeltor ©Martin Augsburger/Stadt Augsburg
Brunnenwerk am Vogeltor ©Martin Augsburger/Stadt Augsburg
Brunnenwerk am Vogeltor ©Martin Augsburger/Stadt Augsburg

Use and purpose

  • waterworks served the better drinking water supply of the Lech neighbourhood
  • waterworks in cultivation on city wall (= first tower of 1538)
  • In 1774, Caspar Walter proposed the conversion of a nearby defense tower (higher and therefore more efficient), created instructions and model, executed only by successor Jacob Dempfle
  • 1843 Moving of the pump house directly in front of the bird tower to the city wall
  • Use of a wooden water wheel to replace the old pump house
  • new pump house abandoned in 1879 and demolished (visible today by a bright spot on the wall)
  • Waterworks at Vogeltor as extension of the drinking water supply system of the city of Augsburg
  • more efficient supply of the Lech district, humanitarian or social component, testify to the separation of drinking and service water and the raising of spring water by the motive water
  • Association of the three historic waterworks in Augsburg's Old Town
  • Drinking water works at the high drain as a modern successor

Authenticity and unique features

  • Wooden pump house demolished on city wall in the 1930s, outlines still recognizable
  • Water tower outwardly unchanged
  • demonstrates in a unique and comprehensible way the continuous development of the urban water supply - temporally (baroque) as well as spatially (Lech district)

Information and location

General Information:

The access to the still existing water tower is on private grounds.

Opening hours:

Not open to the public

Contact:

City of Augsburg
World Heritage Office
Rathausplatz 1
86150 Augsburg

+49(0)821 324-2115
welterbe@augsburg.de

Guided Tours:

No tours possible

Directions:

With public transportation: the bus line 35 and 22 in the direction of "Firnhaberau" stop at the "City Galerie/VHS". The Waterworks at Vogeltor are located directly across the street. There is parking in the parking garage.

Location:

The Waterworks at Vogeltor are located in the city center directly across from the City Galerie (mall) and VHS (adult education center) and they are a part of the Convent of St. Ursula.

Map: