Ulm 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.
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).
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.
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
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 in the Old City, dedicated to the 6,000-year history of bread.
Kunsthalle Weishaupt (Weishaupt Gallery), a modern art museum
Ulmer Museum, containing ancient and modern art, including the world's oldest zoomorphic figurine
Danube Swabian Museum, shows the history of the German settlers who migrated (often from Ulm) to Southeast Europe in the 18th and 19th centuries
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.
Hotel Schiefes Haus, Schwörhausgasse 6, ☎ +49 731 96793-0, . Very nice, but also very expensive. Breakfast included.125-148 Euros.
Münster Hotel, Münsterplatz 14, ☎ +49 731 64162, . checkin: 3 /9/2012; checkout: 5/9/2012. Located next to the Münster.35-96 Euros.
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.