The colour blue has given the abbey and the town its name. Blaubeuren is probably the spot with the bluest natural blue in the whole of Baden-Württemberg and beyond. Nature provides a speciality: the Blautopf, a small but very deep pond of the most amazing turquoise-blue.
The surroundings have been inhabited since the Stone Age. Archeologists keep finding the most amazing things in the caves of Schwäbische Alb. The (so far) oldest finds around Blaubeuren date back to around 35.000 B.C. They can be admired in the town’s museum of prehistory in a wing of the Hospital of the Holy Spirit.
Blaubeuren’s visible history began when Benedictine monks settled next to the Blautopf in the late 12th century and built their abbey church. Around the monastery the town has grown.
Blaubeuren is an easy half-day trip from Ulm. Local trains take less than half an hour. From the train station to Blautopf and abbey it is, however, a walk of 20-30 minutes.