Munsterplatz 14, Ulm, Baden-Wurttemberg, 89073, Germany
More about Ulm
Metzgerturm exit, Ulm, Germany 2010
Great wine, beer and food under umbrellas.
A detail of Hildegardbrunnen.
Sparrow sculptures dot the city and the Blau river
Travel Tips for Ulm
Tourist Info on Cathedral Square
The Visitor Centre cannot be missed. It is located in Stadthaus, the striking white building on the southern side of Münsterplatz (Cathedral Square).
Most walking tours start from there.
The staff can arrange themed city tours in ten different languages.
If you have not booked accommodation in advance, go there and they will assist you with finding a place to stay.
The Visitor Centre includes a souvenir shop.
Phone (0731) 161 2830
Walking round the city of Ulm you'll notice figures of sparrows everywhere - big ones in the streets and streams, small ones in souvenir shops. The sparrow has become Ulm's symbol due to a legend which shows that Ulm's inhabitants have always had brains:
When the Münster church was built, the Ulm citizens started to carry the timbers into town. A row of men walked shoulder to shoulder and carried a huge timber in front of them. Of course they didn't fit through the city gate like that. Then one of them observed a sparrow who carried long straws into a hole to build its nest and said, "Aaah, that's it!!" From the bird they learned how to get the timber through the narrow gate: lengthwise!
Abt Glockenspiel Plays a Tune every Hour
The best days of Ulm’s most prestigious department store named Abt are over but the signs of those days can still be seen and enjoyed.
The Glockenspiel (or: carillion) is at the right upper corner of the building at the corner of Münsterplatz and Platzgasse, and plays a tune every hour.
It was installed to the 100 year anniversary of Abt (their slogan always was: Abt hat’s = Abt has it) which was founded in 1879.
The bells are made of Meissen porcelain (Meißner Porzellan).
At the bottom, in the pendulum, sits a sparrow, the city’s symbol.
Another lovely feature of the building is a bit to the left of the glockenspiel and slightly higher, just below the roofline: a boat, called Ulmer Schachtel (Ulm Box), with quite a lot of people in it.
Photo 2 shows the Ulmer Schachtel, photo 3 features both artworks on one picture.
Gargoyles over Ulm
When climbing up and down the Munster, look out the windows once and a while near the top and look at the gargoyles.
These fanciful creations abound on the Munster and add a bit of whimsy to the magnificence dedicated to the glory of God.
'If you go down to Giengen today...'
A few miles north of Ulm is the town of Giengen, where the world-famous Steiff teddybears are made. They have been making soft toys at the Steiff factory in Giengen for more than 120 years. In 1980, to celebrate the company's 100th anniversary, they opened the Steiff Museum. It's delightful for children and their parents. And guess what? There is no entrance fee!