Ulm is a town at the edge to Bavaria in Baden-Württemberg, south west Germany. It is home to the highest church steeple in the world (161.53m), even higher than the Cathedral (Dom in German) of Cologne.
Ulm lies at the Danube river and is surrounded by forests and hills which rise to altitudes of over 620 metres, which are part of the Swabian Mountains. Because of the Danube Ulm sees a lot of dense fog especially in late autumn and early spring. Most parts of the city, including the old town, are situated on the north-west bank of the Danube. On the other side of the river lies the twin city of Neu-Ulm in the state of Bavaria.
Around the city, there are many statues of sparrows (Spatzen). Spatzen is a nickname for the residents of Ulm and a symbol of the city. Legend says that, while building the cathedral, the workers couldn't figure out how to get the long wooden beams into the church until they noticed a sparrow entering its nest while holding a piece of straw lengthwise, instead of sideways.
The Stuttgart and 1.5-2 hours from Munich.
There are special train tickets called Länder-Tickets for travel within a region, such as Baden-Württemberg or Bavaria (Bayern). With this ticket up to five people can use all regional trains for a whole day for only 22 € (one person) – 38 € (five persons). Prices may change, so check the Deutsche Bahn website for the latest prices.
From these airports you can take the ICE or IC train to get to Ulm.
- Munich Airport (MUC) 150km from Ulm, about 2½ hours by train. The airport has an S-Bahn station, which connects to other Munich train stations.
- Stuttgart Airport (STR), 90km from Ulm
- Friedrichshafen Airport (FDH), also known as Bodensee-Airport, Friedrichshafen in Friedrichshafen close to Lake Constance
- Memmingen Airport (FMM) near Memmingen, which is roughly 60 km away. Served (and sometimes deceptively marketed as being closer to Munich than it really is) primarily by no frills airlines
- Frankfurt airport (FRA) is a farther away than all the other listed airports, but may serve as your entry point if none of the closer options aligns with your plans. Deutsche Bahn and most airlines have entered rail air alliances to offer combination tickets for the train ride and the flight in one package, which might work out to be the cheapest and/or most comfortable option.
Ulm is near the intersection of the A7 and A8 autobahns.
The town center is small enough to walk around, but there are lots of buses and even sightseeing boats on the Danube (Donau) River. There's a Straßenbahn with two crossing lines.
address: Münsterplatz 1, 89073 UlmConstruction on this Gothic cathedral began in the 14th century, but the current version was only fully completed in 1890. The interior of the Münster contains gorgeous choir stalls by Jörg Syrlin (1469–1474) from the 15th century. The top of the steeple, which is the tallest in the world, can be reached by climbing 768 steps and offers an amazing view of Ulm and the region (4€ for adults). On clear days, it is possible to see the Alps.
RathausWith its ancient colorful painted walls and the astronomical clock (dating from 1520)
LibraryThe library of Ulm, also known as "Glaspyramide" (glass pyramid), because of its architecture.
phone: +49 731 5028975address: Schlossstraße 38, 89079 Ulm-WiblingenFounded in 1092 by Benedictine monks. Points of interest are the late Baroque basilica and the Rococo library room. There is also a museum in the convent building. The monastery is the starting point of the Upper-Swabian Baroque Route
Ulm Federal FortificationsThe largest preserved fortifications in Germany. Built from 1842 - 1859 to protect from attacks by France.
NarrensprungThe annual parade at the beginning of Carnival season.
Ulm Tent FestivalFestival in Friedrichsau Parc. Famous artists from all kind of genres perform in the huge red and blue circus tent. Every year from May - July.
SchwörmontagA town festival that includes the serenade of lights, the historic oath and the Nabada, a water parade in the Danube (Donau) river. Every year on third weekend in July.
Einstein MarathonEvery year. End of September.
Christmas marketOn the plaza in front of the Münster.
Farmers' MarketOm Wednesday and Saturday in front of the Münster.
MuseumsThe UlmCard is available from the Tourist Information office. It provides entry to the Weishaupt Gallery, Ulm Museum, Museum of Bread Culture, Danube Swabian Museum, Edwin Scharff Museum, Museum at Wiblingen Monastery and Rococo library, Natural History Education Centre, and Children's Museum Neu-Ulm along with many other advantages.
Museum of Bread CultureIn the Old City, dedicated to the 6,000-year history of bread.
Kunsthalle WeishauptA modern art museum.
Ulmer MuseumContaining ancient and modern art, including the world's oldest zoomorphic figurine.
address: Obere Donaubastion, 89073 UlmCovers the history of the Danube Swabians.
Wiblingen Monastery Convent MuseumExhibition about the secular aspects of the monastery's history.
Stadthaus Ulm (Town House)Built by start architect Richard Meier. Changing exhibitions of contemporary art.
Natural History Education CenterScientific collections of the history of earth and the flora and fauna.
- Walk along the Donau (Danube) river and the city wall and through the Fischerviertel. Visit the many art galleries there. See the Schiefes Haus (Crooked House) and enjoy the nice and little houses with very little streets between and small rivers. Visit the birthplace of Albert Einstein. Today the site of the house where he was born is marked with a memorial.
- Take a cruise on the Donau with the historic ship 'Ulmer Spatz'. Regularly tours during summer. Starting near the Metzgerturm.
- The major shopping street starts at the train station and leads directly to the Ulmer Münster church.
- Shopping mall 'Blautalcenter'
phone: +49 731 63924address: Fischergasse 25Very good German fish and meat dishes.
phone: +49 731 30200address: Zinglerstraße 1Restaurant/bar where various meals made from the (impotent) male hemp plant are served. Prices are very attractive and food is good.
phone: +49 731 1517311address: Kornhausgasse 8A cozy small restaurant which serves crèpes (yummy salty French pancakes), also very nice.
Gaststätte zur Stadt HeidenheimBig meals, Biergarten during summer.
phone: +49 731 974480address: Paulstraße 4, Neu-UlmThe Barfüßer restaurants brew their own beer. There is also one Barfüßer beer garden directly at the Danube.
phone: +49 731 6021467address: Keltergasse 3Murphy's Law is an Irish Pub.
phone: +49 731 77390address: Schlössleweg 3, Neu-UlmThe Schlössle is perhaps one of the nicest beer gardens and can be reached within a 15min walk from the city. They also serve their own beer.
address: Neutorstraße 12Basic hotel but clean, not too expensive and close to the centre.
phone: +49 731 96793-0address: Schwörhausgasse 6Very nice, but also very expensive. Breakfast included.
phone: +49 731 55218674address: Münsterplatz 14Located next to the Münster.
phone: +49 731 9230address: Basteistraße 40Quality hotel with a very good breakfast buffet. Locate by the river, bit of a stroll to the town centre
The Ulm tourist office, located in the Stadthaus in the Münsterplatz, is very good. There are many pensions in the old town whose owners do not speak English well and prefer the office to act for them. The old town on its own is worth the stop with some excellent stuben.
You can get free internet access at the new Stadtbibliothek (city library), next to the Rathaus (city hall). They have about 30 PC there. WLAN (Wi-Fi) is also available there.