The picturesque city of Ingolstadt in the German free state of Bavaria is home to around 125,000 people, along with the German car manufacturers Audi and a number of other major German companies. It has also enjoyed considerable fame for being both the setting for Mary Shelley's famous novel "Frankenstein" and the real-life founding city of the notorious Illuminati sect several hundred years ago. As an expatriate living in Ingolstadt, you'll quickly pick up a sense of this city's lively and romantic atmosphere. The historical inner city is a must for expats in Ingolstadt to explore early on, with the famous Kreuztor and Asam Church particularly worthy of visit. Another popular attraction in "The City of Audi" – as expats living in Ingolstadt may hear the city referred to from time to time – is the Audi Forum, which has a predictably celebratory museum and restaurant. While we're on the subject of food, expatriates in Ingolstadt will find themselves inundated with delicious Bavarian food, local beers and a host of great restaurants vying for their attention and their custom.
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Despite being a budding center of commerce and culture, this Bavarian city only recently grew to its current size and is still known to many in Germany as 'the village of Ingolstadt'. This is not to say that expatriates moving to Ingolstadt have anything to worry about, though, as the city is well connected by Autobahn, bus and rail. Generally, expats moving to Ingolstadt will find it easiest to fly into the large and well-served Munich Airport and then take the Airport Express X109 bus, which costs approximately €20, to Ingolstadt. We have plenty of more general information for those moving to Ingolstadt, or any other foreign city for that matter,in our Expat Magazine on the InterNations website. Covering expatriation topics ranging from cross-cultural communication to expat insurance, this is a great resource to help you settle in as an expat in Ingolstadt on the front foot. Our website also has content written by other InterNations members who share their own experiences of life abroad.
This is a city with a big reputation – whether as the home of Audi, Frankenstein or the Bavarian village that 'grew up' – and it lives up to it. Expatriates working in Ingolstadt will be at the center of a busy business life with a strong manufacturing spirit and an entrepreneurial streak. The city's University of Applied Sciences also provides a strong research backing to the city's industrial economy. As an expatriate working in Ingolstadt, you may of course wish to get in touch with the local international community. An easy way to do this is through the forums, discussion groups and private communications on the InterNations website. You'll be able to get in touch with other global minds and expats in Ingolstadt, organize meet-ups, get information on the local international network and more.