Most tourists will be content to see the Ulmer Münster up close and unless they have a super wide angle lens, lament their inability to get it all into one photo. The hardy will climb its tallest steeple in the wold for grand views and many will wander the Fisherman's Quarter. One thing often missed is a very short excursion that will give you not only a different perspective (and great full photos) of the town's trademark church but also pretty views of the entire old town while largely escaping the tourist throngs. Just head across the bridge to the Bavarian side of Neu-Ulm and walk along a nice footpath there. With a few bridges, you can cross one and make a circle by returning on another one. It's best to do this from south to north. The river bends in such a way to make views of the church better and you'll be facing it the whole way as well.
One of the great things I love about beer-hunting is where the hunt brings me. Let's face it, the average visitor to Ulm will not get to Söflingen and that's exactly where my first brewery brought me. My wife was less than thrilled with the tram ride there. I have to admit it wasn't exactly scenic but the meal and beer was well worth the small effort and even the time that might have been spent seeing more of the town's more renowned sights. While waiting for the tram we noticed a small church and adjoining cemetery and decided to have a peek. It was a simple church but the cemetery was lovely, big leafy trees casting shade on the old tombstones. The most touching one was a jointly buried couple. Though they were both born in 1901, the woman passed away in 1988 while her husband had died in 1945, probably a war casualty despite his advanced years.
If you go to the brewery, you'll see the church and if you're waiting for the tram, it's worth having a look. Otherwise, miss a great meal and beer while missing this cute little cemetery.
Most people are able to take in the beauty of Ulm's Cathedral from the ground, but this is only half the story. There are also two plateaus that you can acheive when you head to the tower. The first is the top story, and the second is making it all the way up to the top of the spire.
Each time, you will get a better and better view of how much work was put into this cathedral. I enjoyed this position, where I was able to see the moss growing on this gargoyle :)
Although if you head to Ulm today you will not be able to see this, I wanted to make sure it was memorialized.
We were able to travel only 2 weeks after the tragedy of September 11th, and the sentiment around the world was that of thanks that Americans had already started travelling again.
Everywhere we went, there were memorials to the tragedy, and Ulm Cathedral had one of the largest ones we had seen. There were balloons, paintings, and candles out in honor.
Not everyone in Ulm however believed that September 11th was a tragedy. If you look closer at some of the signs that were laid before the cathedral, you can see that this sign actually had Osama bin Laden sympathizers!
It reads: Osama is Innocent! Show me the evidence!
Central Library Ulm (Zentralbibliothek) constructed in the form of an imposing pyramid, with a footprint of 28 x 28 m and a total height of more than 36 m. It was officially opened in May 2004. It reminds me the Pyramid at Louvre in Paris. I think it's among the ugliest buildings of the city.
It situated directly adjacent to the historical Town Hall and near Ulm Minster though if I lived in Ulm I wouldn’t like it. The exceptional feature of this building is that its outer façade about 5000 m2 is made of glass.
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10 a.m. - 2 p.m. (Saturday)
You can watch my high resolution photo of Ulm on the Google Earth according to the following coordinates 48° 23' 47.81" N 9° 59' 33.13" E or on my Google Earth Panoramio Zentralbibliothek.
The Town House (Stadthaus Ulm) in my opinion is another (as well as Zentralbibliothek) ugly building in the centre of Ulm. If it was situated in another place I wouldn’t think so, but unfortunately this building of modern architecture is in the centre of Ulm.
The basement houses the permanent exhibition on the archaeology and history of the „Münsterplatz“ and includes exhibits discovered during excavations.
The “Town House” also houses the Ulm/Neu-Ulm Tourist Information Office. Here, a competent team provides information and assistance on any questions and concerns the tourist may have.
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9 a.m - 8 p.m. (Thursday)
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You can watch my high resolution photo of Ulm on the Google Earth according to the following coordinates 48° 23' 52.76" N 9° 59' 26.88" E or on my Google Earth Panoramio Stadthaus.
If you live in Moscow you needn't go to Ulm so often because there is a part of Ulm in the Moscow Pushkin Museum of Art.
When I was young and visited this museum I couldn't even dream to see the originals of the beautiful replicas of Ulm's Minster masterpieces which I used to see in the museum.
You can watch them on my photos. I'm proud that I saw them in Ulm in original!
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The Valentine Chapel (Valentinskapelle) to the South of the Minster Choir was founded in 1458 by the patrician family Rembold as a burial chapel, whereby a wine cellar (1290) from Cloister Bebenhausen was used as a vault.
After the reformation, fat was sold in the chapel, resulting in it being called locally the “Schmalzhäusle”.
You can watch my high resolution photo of Ulm on the Google Earth according to the following coordinates 48° 23' 53.50" N 9° 59' 37.04" E or on my Google Earth Panoramio Valentinskapelle .
In 1482 the town walls were built into the “raging waters of the Danube” as a defence against hostile armies.
Nowadays, people enjoy strolling along the town walls, which run along the Danube from the Lauseck Bastion past the Fishermen’s and Tanners’ quarters, the “Metzgerturm”, the landing stage for boats, the Rose Garden and on to Friedrichsau Park, the green lung of Ulm.
You can watch my high resolution photo of Ulm on the Google Earth according to the following coordinates 48° 23' 45.75" N 9° 59' 39.78" E or on my Google Earth Panoramio Metzgerturm.
We have quite some places in Ulm that remind of this genius who perhaps lived 150 years too early to become a global sensation. Instead, he was ridiculed and died as poor as a church mouse.
The tailor’s name was Albrecht Ludwig Berblinger. He was born on 24 June 1770 and died on 28 January 1829.
Go to Town Hall (Rathaus). If you walk up the stairs on the right side if you stand in front of it in Neue Straße, you get into the building. If you want to marry turn to the left ;-))) If you just want to see a replica of the tailor’s gliding apparatus, turn to the right, towards the central stairwell that sits in an atrium, with daylight pouring in through the roof. There they have hung up a red and white striped hang glider that looks like the one Mr Berblinger constructed to fly over the Danube. You will see that it would have been attached to the shoulders/upper arms with simple leather straps. To decide on the shape of the wings the tailor studied owls.
He invested all his money in the construction which took him several years.
Unlucky him he tried to fly over the Danube in 1811 from a kind of scaffolding at Adlerbastei and subsequently fell into the river. Tests with reconstructions of Berlinger’s glider on hills have proven that the machine was airworthy. The guy would have become a star and would forever have been registered as the inventor of paragliding.
This attempt of flying deserves some more words. On 30 May 1811, under the eyes of Württemberg’s King Friedrich, Berlinger did not fly – either because he was too nervous or because the wind was really not right. The next day he stood on his wooden tower again. There was no wind that would have carried him, and the uncomprehending crowd were laughing and joking, so Berblinger stood on his starting ramp forever until – it is said – a policeman pushed him, and Berblinger fell into the Danube.
He did not recover from this misadventure and lost reputation and income, and fell to the lowest level of Ulm’s society. He died from malnutrition.
175 years after the failed attempt Ulm had a competition where they wanted to find out if it was possible at all to fly over the Danube at the site where Berlinger had tried it. Only a modern paraglider succeeded, but only just. In this year it was proven that Berblinger’s apparatus could stay in the air if it is used on a hill.
The official inventor of such flying machines and paragliding is American Francis Melvin Rogallo who got the patent in 1951 – so 140 years after Albrecht Berblinger! Rogallo died on 1 September 2009, aged 92.
Famous German authors have written about Albrecht Berlinger. Max Eyth wrote a novel named “Der Schneider von Ulm. Geschichte eines zweihundert Jahre zu früh Geborenen“ (History of someone born two hundred years too early) in 1906. Bertold Brecht moved him in his 1934 ballad „Ulm 1592“ quite a bit from reality. He made the flight attempt happen more than 200 years earlier, replaced the King by a bishop, and made the tailor fly from the Cathedral’s spire… So, please, do not believe everything you read ;-)))
Poor Berlinger’s life was somehow marred from the beginning. He was born into a poor family. When his father died Albrecht Berlinger was only 13, and spent the rest of his teens in an orphanage. Although he wanted to become a watchmaker, they forced him to become a tailor. Despite being a master tailor at the age of 21, his interest in mechanics never ceased, and he invented several interesting things, for example orthopaedic aids. He invented the first artificial leg with articulated joint.
You will see miniatures of Berblinger’s gliding apparatus in most souvenir shops.
The Tailor of Ulm is also a popular figure you will see on Schwörmontag (Oath Monday) and during the Fishermen’s Joust.
In Town Hall you can also see a good model of the city.
Photo 2 shows a detail of the shoulder straps and the central wooden construction of the glider.
This marvelous baroque monastery in the little town of Roggenburg close to Ulm has an interesting history. Established in 1126, it became rich and influential and even established other monastery subisidiaries in Switzerland. It was relatively unaffected by the wars of the 16th/17th centuries in Germany. The monastery building ensemble was rebuild in the baroque style in the 18th century. Due to the Napoleonic Wars, the monastery was closed down in 1802, only to be reestablished for the use of a monastic order in 1986. The monastery also features a nice hotel with a beergarden which would be a good base for daytrips to Ulm.
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 centre of the suburb of Söflingen is a former convent of the Poor Clare Sisters.
The church and some economy buildings are preserved, as well as the general situation of the secluded monastery area encircled by walls and buildings. The cloister and abbey were demolished after the secularization of 1803.
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.