Ulm is a city with approx. 120,000 inhabitants and is located on the outskirts of Baden-Wuerttemberg. In the year 1810 the city was given to the federal state by Bavaria. Therefore, New-Ulm developed across the Danube on the Bavarian side. Together, the cities have around 180,000 inhabitants. The most famous person from Ulm undoubtedly is Albert Einstein, who has a monument near the train station dedicated to him (at the former location of his birthplace). In addition, the resistance fighter Sophie Scholl, football coach Uli Hoeneß and the German comedian Mike Kruger are natives of the small town.
The university town is home to the Ulmer Minster, the largest church tower in the world with a height of 161.5 meters. The foundation stone for the construction was laid in 1377 and the building was completed over hundreds of years and several construction phases. For me, the church is one of the most magnificent and beautiful, in which I have been to date (the Cologne Cathedral was still ahead of us). Otherwise, we spent the short afternoon in the city center, which is perfect for a stroll. The old town offers countless small streets and a beautiful promenade along the Danube.
During a visit to Ulm’s city center, you almost inevitably walk past a glass pyramid, that barely fits into the urban image of the city and its size not even onto a photograph. This is home to the central library and therefore the oldest cultural institution (founded in 1516) of the city. Completed in 2004, the building was voted “Germany’s most beautiful building sin” in 2012. The pyramid simply does not fit into the historic old town and yet creates a unique picture. Otherwise, Ulm is full of museums of all kinds. The “Museum of Bread”, the “Kunsthalle am Marktplatz” and the “Danube Swabian Central Museum” are just a few possibilities to spend some time in town.
We had a great time in Ulm and I can only recommend to visit the city! Out trip went on to Stuttgart, more about the town in my next post!