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Also available:  Segment on the Ulm Christmas Market

Germany

The State of Baden-Wuerttemberg

Ulm -- More than just the Tallest Cathedral

Germany

The State of Baden-Wuerttemberg

As the Donau winds from the Black Forest region and across Bavaria, it makes The Old City Peering over the Donau Wall plenty of stops at some impressive and picturesque locations.  One of these is Ulm, the site of a ancient Roman fortress and now the home of the tallest cathedral spire in the world.  Sitting near the provincial border between Baden-Wüttemburg and Bavaria, Ulm is a beautiful walled city that combines the industrial flavor of the former with the latter's flambuoyance. 

A large part of the city wall remains, shown above, serving both to protect Ulm from invaders but also floods.  The top of the wall is wide enough for a walkway, easily accessible from the tall red-brick tCanal in the Old Townower to the right.  This tower is a gate to the city from the river, and there are several nearby plazas.

The old town is very picturesque with small well-dammed canals, red brick footbridges, and old stucco guesthouses.  The picture at right is but an example.

Just above the old town is Ulm Rathaus, the exterior of which is a gaudy painting Pauluskirche telling the city's entire rich history (much like the Rathaus at nearby Lindau im Bodensee).  In-between are several archaeological digs where viewers can see remnants of the ancient Roman fortress.  There are two main shopping districts in the area -- the main one which is the old cobblestone district between the Rathaus  and the train station, and Neu-Ulm, which is across the Donau from the old town.  New-Ulm is very modern, but has several prominent Evangelical churches.  Ulm itself has prominent churches, such as Pauluskirche below, that towers above the nearby city cemetary.

Of course, when you think about 'prominent', the Cathedral is Ulm Cathedral the one.  Unlike the famous Dom in Köln which is shorter but more massive, Ulm's cathedral is dominated by the front spire.  For only a few DM, you can climb the 786 steps to the very, very top of the Cathedral.

What's the view like from above?  At left is one of the pictures I took of the Donau River and the Old Town.  As you can see, it's an absolutely perfect vantage point, if you can muster up the courage to stand against the retaining fence and look out!  (This place is not for acrophobes!) 

View from Top of Ulm Cathedral (yikes!)Ulm is a big place, and there's a lot to see between the various shopping districts, the maze of the Old Town, and  all the churches and old buildings in the area, plus spend the necessary time enjoying a walk along the Donau River.  For me, it was an excellent day trip.

Trips taken 18 November 2001 and 6 April 2002 -- Page last updated 01 September 2006 -- (C) 2001, 2002 Tom Galvin

Also available:  Segment on the Ulm Christmas Market

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Baden-Württemburg Tourism Page -- http://www.tourismus-baden-wuerttemberg.de/pannet/english/home.htm

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City Tourism Page -- http://www.tourismus.ulm.de/index_e.dpx?lang=_e 

 

   
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