Sterngasse 17, Ulm, Baden-Wurttemberg, 89073, Germany
More about Ulm
Rathaus, Ulm, Deutschland 2010
Rad-Station at Busbahnhof.
Hildegard in the courtyard of Neuer Bau.
The "little lard house", a Russian-orthodox chapel
Travel Tips for Ulm
Ulmensien: Ulm-specific Things and Terms
Ulmensien are items from Ulm, mostly souvenirs, but also things and figures typical for Ulm. A bit like what we call Kiwiana for things typical for New Zealand.
The city’s flag is half white and half black, the stripes length-wise. The football team of SSV Ulm 1846 also wears black and white – but like any other team in the world, not always. But the club’s colours are black and white. The club’s black sign is round at the bottom, the U of Ulm shaped around the lower edge, the cathedral symbol sitting in the U, and above that you can read SSV 1846 (in two lines). Also see here: http://www.ssvulm1846.de/
(I think the layout of the homepage is dreadful, with the sign so tiny that you nearly miss it.)
As a free imperial city Ulm used the imperial eagle on its seals. The arms have been changed several times since 1351. The eagle became smaller and smaller and was finally removed in 1803.
In Ulm, um Ulm und um Ulm herum.
With this tongue twister you can test your German language skills ;-))) Say it several times and be not surprised if you end up saying something like: Immulm – Ummulm – Ummummulm herum...
The Sparrow – as you can find out in a separate tip (General Tip), as well as the story behind it.
Ulm’s big Day:
Schwörmontag is THE day in Ulm’s calendar. It is celebrated every year on the third Monday in July, with more festivals on the weekend leading up to that day. See extra tip about it (Local Customs – coming up soon). The date (first Monday in July) given in the Lonely Planet Germany guide (edition 2000) is wrong.
Fischerstechen every four years in Ulm
Fischerstechen is a really old custom in Bavaria (translates to pricking of fishermen). It is not only found in Bavaria, but that's where it's most popular. And good old Ulm puts on quite a production at their Fischerstechen. And it seems the entire town comes out to see it so it's a lot of fun!
There are 3-5 people in a boat who try to fling 3-5 other people on a second boat into the rather chilly river (Donau or Danube). To do this they use lances. The pushing movements of the lances gave the tradition its name: The "pricking" of fishermen.
The boats and the respective pairs are decided by drawing lots. Those people with the least penalty points get into the last round. Penalty points are given each time a man is flung into the water.
The "Fischerstechen" takes place around the 15th of August (holiday of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary) every four years. So you're in luck, if you're headed to Germany this summer because I was there for it in 2001.
To witness this spectacle head down to the Donau river.
Weinfest - wine and food beside the cathedral
This relatively new festival of wine and food has quickly become a favourite. By coincidence I walked through the area on the opening day in August 2010, and went there in the evening and stayed, met friends, had a great time - and went back several more times as the festival is there for more than two weeks…
The fest takes place on Südlicher Münsterplatz. This is just right beside the cathedral if you face the main spire from Cathedral Square. They build a little enclosed square, with restaurants on both sides and the open-air space in the centre providing tables and benches where the happy drinkers and food lovers can indulge in the international delicacies that are on offer.
There is table service from the adjoining restaurants, but you are also allowed to help yourself from other restaurants and bring the food to the tables, so you are not forced to have Spanish food in front of the Spanish restaurant.
I always chose the Spanish restaurant because I am a tapas lover, and such food is hugely expensive in New Zealand – if it is available at all. The house wine was fine - and plenty LOL
The atmosphere in this enclosed and not too large area is great – but it can become really hot and sweaty on a hot day. They have gas-powered infrared heaters for colder nights.
One of the funniest and strangest museums I have seen up to date that I can think of is the Deutsches Brotmuseum, or the German Museum ofý Bread. There I saw things that, in one way or another, are related to the production of bread. Like models of mills, dishes used in bread baking and many others.
Another class of items you can gaze at includes art works with bread either as the main subject or just represented somewhere. Paintings, graphic designs, advertisements and the like of them. Go to Salzstadelgasse, 10. The museumýs open from 10 AM till 5 PM on Tuesdays, and Thursday to Monday. Wednesdayýs opening hours are from 10 AM till 8:30 PM.
The Kornhaus was built as a grain store in 1594. In the late 16th century the population of the city grew rapidly, that's why additional storage buildings were needed.
The renaissance facades have been restored after World War II destructions, the interior is entirely post-war.