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  the formidable Ulmer Münster
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Believe it or not, not everyone that travels to Ulm does so to check out their two exemplary breweries. Some crazed tourists go to view the tallest church in the world: The Ulmer Münster! It's not even a cathedral since they never had a bishop's seat but lo and behold, taller than the somewhat more famous but still shorter cathedral in Cologne. In fact, prior to the 20th century, this baby was the fourth tallest man-made structure in the world after the Eiffel Tower, Italy's Mole Antonelliana and the Washington Monument until came along a decade later.

The foundation of the massive church dates back to 1377 and work on its tallest tower halted at 100m in 1543 due to various economic, religious and political factors. Construction resumed in 1817 with its eventual completion in 1890. Miraculously enough, though most of the old town was destroyed during WWII bombings, the formidable church was scarcely damaged.

The steeple still rises over all of Germany at 161.5m with views of the Alps on a clear day. Well, you have to shell out €4 and more importantly climb its 768 steps for the privilege. We didn't even give it a thought since the fog was as thick as pea soup. Okay, a slight exaggeration but it was definitely not a clear day and it's unlikely you could see much beyond the city limits. Maybe worth €4 but not the climb. ;)

Directions: Tough to miss the tallest church in the world, right?

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  • Written Jul 14, 2011
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