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    Administration, Location, Tourism

    by Kakapo2 Written Mar 10, 2009

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    View over the Danube from Ulm to Neu-Ulm.

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    As said in my intro, the independent cities of Ulm and Neu-Ulm are separated and connected by the river Danube. Historic Ulm is in Baden-Württemberg, modern Neu-Ulm belongs to Bavaria. Of course, the cities have a close relationship, as the Danube is not a border anymore. Although the administration is separate, and the political representatives go to two rather different parliaments in Stuttgart and Munich, the administration of tourism and its marketing is directed from one common office, named Ulm/Neu-Ulm Touristik GmbH (UNT).

    The topography of the two cities is as different as their history. Whereas Neu-Ulm was built on totally flat terrain between the rivers Danube and Iller (with its spring in the Alps), Ulm has some very hilly suburbs, the names mostly ending with –berg, meaning: hill, mountain, like Michelsberg, Kuhberg, Safranberg, etc. So Ulm’s highest point is 645.8 metres, Neu-Ulm’s „peak“ only 527 metres.

    Ulm covers an area of 11,868 hectares and has a bit more than 120,000 inhabitants, Neu-Ulm 8,065 hectares and about 52,000 inhabitants.

    The cities have just between 300,000 and 350,000 visitors per year (as early 2009). Most stay for one night only. You will never run over hordes of tourists, so encounter the real spirit of the place. Many of those visitors are business people who visit the Science Park, university, one of the famous hospitals or the well-known enterprises like Kässbohrer, Walther, etc.

    A great Base for great Trips

    I think Ulm lies at a fantastic strategic location. It is only a one hour’s drive to Lake Constance (Bodensee), Austria, Switzerland, Stuttgart and Rothenburg ob der Tauber, a bit more than one hour to Munich, a bit more than two hours to France and Schloss Neuschwanstein… And there are so many hidden gems and famous spots in the vicinity, like the Steiff factory in Giengen an der Brenz. It is the perfect place to start a bicycle tour along the Danube or the Iller and explore the Schwäbische Alb.

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    Tourist Info on Cathedral Square

    by Kakapo2 Updated Mar 6, 2009

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    Stadthaus architecture in front of the Cathedral.

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    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.

    Contact Info:

    Phone (0731) 161 2830
    Website: www.tourismus.ulm.de
    Email: info@tourismus.ulm.de

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    History: Ulm’s medieval Guilds (Zünfte)

    by Kakapo2 Updated Mar 6, 2009

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    Metzgerturm - Butchers' Tower.

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    You will stumble over place names related to the medieval guilds all the time, be it a whole quarter like Fischerviertel (Fishermen’s Quarter), buildings/restaurants like Gerberhaus (Tanners House) or even Zunfthaus (Guild House), a tower like Metzgerturm (Butcher Tower) or street names like Fischergasse and Gerbergasse (Fishermen’s and Tanners Lane).

    According to “Großer Schwörbrief” (Great Oath Bill) from 1397, these were the original 17 medieval guilds (Zünfte):

    Kramer = grocers
    Kaufleute = merchants
    Grautucher = merchants who traded woolen fabrics
    Schmiede = blacksmiths
    Bäcker = bakers
    Müller = (flour) millers
    Fischer = fishermen
    Metzger = butchers
    Kürschner = peltmongers/furriers
    Weber = weavers
    Schneider = tailors
    Schuster = shoemakers
    Rotgerber = tanners
    Bauleute (Gärtner) = gardeners
    Merzler = small grocers (similar to Kramer)
    Schreiner = joiners
    Bader (Wundärzte) = "bathers" = they bathed people in public baths

    Later, four more guilds were added:
    Maurer = bricklayers/masons
    Bierbrauer = beer brewers
    Zimmerleute = carpenters
    Tucherer = they dyed fabrics

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    German beer makes me almost hallucinate-The Radler

    by sunlovey Written Feb 25, 2005

    Favorite thing: Being American, I find that German beer knocks my on my you know what- It's served in such a big portion and the alcohol content dwarfs our beers...If you want something less strong, I suggest you try a Radler(this is what they call it in southern Germany, it's Alsterwasser in the north). Both are made with half beer and half fizzy sprite/7 Up-like lemonade.

    They are quite refreshing and will not leave you lying face down in the dirt at the end of the night at the area biergarten.

    Fondest memory: Whenever we hit the biergarten in Ulm it goes without saying that "Sarah is having a radler", or two, or three, or four...

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    Stroll Down one of the Cleanest Cities

    by ATXtraveler Updated Feb 10, 2005

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    Ulm Courtyard

    Favorite thing: I was very impressed with how clean Ulm was. The central courtyard of the city that contained shops and the cathedral was immaculate!

    This really is a city where you could walk around for hours and just soak in the sun and sights!

    Enjoy your trip to Ulm!!

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    River Blau

    by Leipzig Written Mar 14, 2003

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    Blau River

    Favorite thing: Ulm is situated on the confluence of the rivers Danube and Blau. Along the Blau River are numerous small half-timebered houses. The mediaeval Fishermen's Quarters is one of the oldest but also nicest parts of Ulm.

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    Internet for FREE!

    by Peterodl Written Aug 22, 2005

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    Glass Pyramid Library in Ulm

    Favorite thing: Go into the library (the pyramid shaped building behind the town hall) and go up to the 2nd floor. There there are internet terminals for free!

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