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Ulm [1] is a town at the edge to Bavaria in Baden-Württemberg, south west Germany. It is home to the highest church steeple in the world (161.53m), even higher than the Dom of Cologne. Ulm has 120,000 inhabitants.

Ulm from above

Understand[edit]

Albert Einstein was born here.

The city of Neu-Ulm (New Ulm) lies on the opposite side of the Danube River in Bavaria.

Ulm has a lot of dense fog in some times of the year. Especially in late autumn and early spring. Sometimes you can see only 30-50 m far (90-150 ft). The illuminated church looks impressive when it disappears in the fog.

Around the city, there are many statues of sparrows (Spatzen). Spatzen is a nickname for the residents of Ulm and a symbol of the city. Legend says that, while building the cathedral, the workers couldn't figure out how to get the long wooden beams into the church until they noticed a sparrow entering its nest while holding a piece of straw lengthwise, instead of sideways.

There is a famous German tongue-twister about Ulm: In Ulm, um Ulm und um Ulm herum (In Ulm, around Ulm, and all around Ulm).

Talk[edit]

Standard German is understood by everyone, but the local dialect is Swabian (Schwäbisch).

Getting there[edit]

By train[edit]

The railway station (Hauptbahnhof) is in the town center, about a 10 minute walk from the cathedral (Ulmer Münster). Ulm is about an hour from Stuttgart and 1.5-2 hours from Munich.

There are special train tickets called Länder-Tickets for travel within a region, such as Baden-Württemberg or Bavaria (Bayern). With this ticket up to five people can use all regional trains for a whole day for only 22 € (one person) – 38 € (five persons). Prices may change, so check the Deutsche Bahn website for the latest prices.

By plane[edit]

From these airports you can take the ICE or IC train to get to Ulm.

  • Munich International Airport (IATA: MUC)[2]. 150km from Ulm, about 2 1/2 hours by train. The airport has an S-Bahn station, which connects to other Munich train stations.
  • Stuttgart Airport (IATA: STR)[3], 90km from Ulm
  • Friedrichshafen Airport (IATA: FDH), also known as Bodensee-Airport, Friedrichshafen[4] at Lake Constance
  • Memmingen Airport (IATA: FMM)[5] near Memmingen. One of the RyanAir destinations.

By car[edit]

Ulm is near the intersection of the A7 and A8 autobahns.

Getting around[edit]

The town center is small enough to walk around, but there are lots of buses and even sightseeing boats on the Danube (Donau) River.

See[edit][add listing]

  • Cathedral: Construction on the Ulmer Münster began in the 14th century, but the current version was only fully completed in 1890. The interior of the Münster contains gorgeous choir stalls by Jörg Syrlin (1469–1474) from the 15th century. The top of the steeple, which is the tallest in the world, can be reached by climbing 768 steps and offers an amazing view of Ulm and the region (4€ for adults). On clear days, it is possible to see the Alps.
The Ulmer Münster
  • Fishermen's Quarter (Fischerviertel), a scenic old part of town with half-timbered houses, around the Blau River. Contains the crookedest hotel in the world
  • Schwörmontag, a town festival that includes the Nabada, a water parade in the Danube (Donau) river. Every year on third Monday in July
  • The Christmas market on the plaza in front of the Münster.
  • The Wednesday and Saturday Farmers' Market in front of the Münster.
  • The Rathaus (city hall) with its ancient colorful painted walls and the astronomical clock (dating from 1520).
  • The library of Ulm, also known as "Glaspyramide" (glass pyramid), because of its architecture.
  • Narrensprung, the annual parade at the beginning of Carnival season

Museums[edit]

A Museum Pass is available from the Tourist Information office for 12€ and is valid for 12 months. It provides entry to the Weishaupt Gallery, Ulm Museum, Museum of Bread Culture, Danube Swabian Museum, Edwin Scharff Museum, Museum at Wiblingen Monastery and Rococco library, Natural History Education Centre, and Childrens Museum Neu-Ulm.

  • Museum of Bread Culture [6] in the Old City, dedicated to the 6,000-year history of bread.
  • Kunsthalle Weishaupt [7] (Weishaupt Gallery), a modern art museum
  • Ulmer Museum [8], containing ancient and modern art, including the world's oldest zoomorphic figurine

Do[edit][add listing]

  • Walk along the Donau (Danube) river and the city wall and through the Fischerviertel. Visit the many art galleries there. See the Schiefes Haus (Crooked House) and enjoy the nice and little houses with very little streets between and small rivers. Visit the birthplace of Albert Einstein. Today the site of the house where he was born is marked with a memorial.
  • Take a cruise on the Donau until the Delta

Buy[edit][add listing]

The major shopping street starts at the train station and leads directly to the Ulmer Münster church.

Eat[edit][add listing]

  • There are plenty of places to eat in the nice and quiet Fischerviertel, where you can get some genuine German food and beer.
  • Hemperium, Zinglerstraße 1, phone: +49 731 30200, [9]. Restaurant/bar where various meals made from the (impotent) male hemp plant are served. Prices are very attractive and food is good.
  • Kornhäusle, Kornhausgasse 8, phone: +49 731 1517311, [10]. A cozy small restaurant which serves crèpes (yummy savoury french pancakes), also very nice.
  • Tagblatt, Insel 1, Neu-Ulm, phone: +49 731 74678, [11]. Open until late and is famous for its big salads. It has one of the nicest beergardens right next to the Danube river.
  • Donaustern is one of the better kebab booths in Ulm
  • Gaststätte zur Stadt Heidenheim, Oststadt. Big meals, Biergarten during summer.

Drink[edit][add listing]

  • Barfüßer, Paulstraße 4, Neu-Ulm, +49 731 974480, [12]. The Barfüßer restaurants brew their own beer. There is also one Barfüßer beer garden directly at the Donau river.  edit
  • Murphy's Law, Keltergasse 3, +49 731 6021467, [13]. Murphy's Law is an Irish Pub.  edit
  • Schlössle, Schlössleweg 3, Neu-Ulm, +49 731 77390, [14]. The Schlössle is perhaps one of the nicest beer gardens and can be reached within a 15min walk from the city. They also serve their own beer.  edit

Sleep[edit][add listing]

  • Hotel Schiefes Haus, Schwörhausgasse 6, +49 731 96793-0, [15]. Very nice, but also very expensive. Breakfast included. 125-148 Euros.  edit
  • Münster Hotel, Münsterplatz 14, +49 731 64162, [16]. checkin: 3 /9/2012; checkout: 5/9/2012. Located next to the Münster. 35-96 Euros.  edit

The Ulm tourist office, located in the Stadthaus in the Münsterplatz, is very good. There are many bed & breakfasts in the old town whose owners do not speak English well and prefer the office to act for them. The old town on its own is worth the stop with some excellent stuben.

Contact[edit]

There are a lot of internet cafes all over the town. Just ask.

You can get free internet access at the new Stadtbibliothek (city library), next to the Rathaus (city hall). They have about 30 PC there. WLAN is also available there.

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