Ulmer Muenster

Situated along the banks of the Danube…

directly on the border between Baden-Württemberg and Bavaria stands the old city of Ulm. The city is actually two cities, one for each side of the Danube. Ulm or alt Ulm lies on the Baden-Württemberg side and new Ulm or Neu Ulm stands on the Bavarian side. We had wanted to visit this charming old place for quite some time but because of how far from home it is, it was not always an easy task as it was too much of a trip for a normal weekend. Thankfully we had been invited to spend the weekend with some friends of ours in Stuttgart and since Ulm was nearly directly on the way home, we decided to make the trip. The city is world famous for its church, the Ulmer Minster, a church of Gothic Period origin which boasts the tallest steeple in all of Europe at 161.5 meters (530 feet!) it was, up until 1901 when the Philadelphia City Hall was completed, the tallest building in the world.

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The church dominates the skyline to this day.
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The incredible steeple is still the tallest in Europe.

Even though its worlds tallest building status has been stripped, it is today still the tallest church in the world. Of course, that may be why it took over 500 years to complete. If you feel like seeing the stunning view of the city and are up for a climb, you can access the top of the steeple via 768 stairs nearly all of them of the spiral variety. If you decide to climb the steeple I must warn you it is not easy and will require a certain level of fitness to make it to the top. We went up with our Gopro on my chest, I’ll upload a video to the Youtube channel when I finish editing it. As it as it is very windy at the top, I would bring a windbreaker and make sure you have a camera retaining strap. Once you make it to the top you’ll be greeted by an incredible view of both the new and old cities. below the minster in the old town are many more things to see, museums, countless examples of wonderful Gothic and Franconian or Swabian architecture and that’s not even the half of the sites.

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The view of Old Ulm from the bell tower.
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Swabian architecture on display in the Fisher’s Quarter of the old city.

Also close to the monster is the lovely and quaint Fischer Viertel, or Fisher’s Quarter, a collection of wonderful Swabian buildings all situated along fishing canals leading to the river. One such building is called the “Schiff Haus”. It is a circa 1500’s Swabian style house that was built in a rather peculiar way, it leans towards the canal it is situated on. It is a restaurant today and if you want you can try to walk straight on the especially sideways upper floors. We were lucky enough to visit during a city fest within the tight streets and enjoyed food and local folks music. The city is a must visit if you find yourself in southern Germany the beautiful views and old city are accompanied by a host of activities on the new side of the river I only wish we had been able to spend more time than a couple hours here rest assured we will be back.

 

Until Next Time,

 

-Ryan

 

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