"Ulm: More Than Just A Steeple" Top 5 Page for this destination Ulm by Kathrin_E

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World's Highest Steeple

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.

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Finding Ulm's Treasures

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.

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City Panorama

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.

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  • Last visit to Ulm: Aug 2006
  • Intro Updated Aug 12, 2008
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  • MacedonianUK's Profile Photo
    Mar 11, 2012 at 7:35 AM

    heyKatherine great page! printed all your tips for the upcoming trip.Thanks for the help.

  • junecorlett's Profile Photo
    Mar 23, 2009 at 8:28 AM

    I dont think I would like to stay in this hotel, in case I fall off my bed during the night.

  • german_eagle's Profile Photo
    Jan 31, 2009 at 4:32 AM

    OH yes, Ulm has its charming districts! Very good info here, thanks. No opinion yourself on the Stadthaus? :-)

  • cpiers47's Profile Photo
    Jan 15, 2009 at 7:08 PM

    Enjoyed your excellent tips and pictures as much as I enjoyed my own walk on the city wall on my visit to Ulm!

  • Trekki's Profile Photo
    Jun 16, 2008 at 11:07 AM

    This library is adorable!! And I love these sparrows :-)) Cute little figures :-)) Amazing views from the tower!! Well, next time I not only pass Ulm but get out and visit :-)

  • Knoto's Profile Photo
    Mar 26, 2008 at 12:30 PM

    Wonderful Pictures... Wir waren letztes Jahr auf dem Münster. Echt klasse.... Grüße Peter

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