"Ulm: More Than Just A Steeple" Top 5 Page for this destination Ulm by Kathrin_E
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Impressive by day and night: Ulm's Münster church has the highest steeple in the world with a height of 161 m.
The photo was, by the way, taken from the window of my hotel room.
Before 1803 Ulm used to be an imperial city, wealthy from arts and crafts and trade. The citizen's wealth still shows in the city's parish church, i.e. the Münster, the city hall with its painted facades, the merchants' houses in the Fishermen's Quarter.
Unfortunately Ulm, like most German cities and towns, got its share of World War II bombs. I've met many people who think Ulm is boring and there is nothing to see except the church and the steeple - they are wrong. The pretty parts are easy to miss if one doesn't take the right turn, though.
From the train station, the main shopping mall takes you straight to Münster square. The prettiest, best preserved parts of the old town are situated further right, towards the Donau river.
The Fischerviertel (Fishermen's Quarter) is a must see.
The "fishermen" were actually, as their stately houses show, rich merchants who owned the cargo ships running on the Donau.
I'd also like to draw your attention to an 18th century jewel in a suburb of Ulm: the monastery of Wiblingen with its splendid rococo library and classicist church.
The panorama of the proud medieval city is best enjoyed from the opposite river bank, from Neu-Ulm.
Ulm and Neu-Ulm are two separate cities. The former belongs to the federal state of Baden-Württemberg, the latter to Bavaria.
- In a nutshell:You have to know where to find Ulm's beauties.
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