The German city of Augsburg was granted World Heritage status by UNESCO for its very old water management system boasting an aquaduct, water towers, ornate fountains, canals and hundreds of bridges.
The city owes its entire commercial and cultural development to the water of both rivers and the abundant sources of drinking water in the local forest. For centuries, the hydropower of the Lech was used in innovative ways to drive mill wheels and pumping stations. Trade flourished in Augsburg, making the city rich. Thanks to a cleverly designed canal system, the city enjoyed good hygiene and always had plenty of pure, clean drinking water. The combination of human invention, pioneering engineering skills and outstanding spring management is the key to this unique water management system, which has been an impressive feature of Augsburg for more than eight hundred years, and can still be experienced today.