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    The Butcher and the Farmer

    by Nemorino Updated Jun 23, 2014

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    The Butcher and the Farmer

    This statue of two men and three pigs is at the Pig Market, known officially as the Schweinemarkt and unofficially as the Saumarkt.

    The inscription in the local dialect reads:

    Dr Metzgr ond dr Baur
    beim
    Handl om dui Sau
    Which means:

    The butcher and the farmer bargaining about the sow.

    The farmer is not getting a good price, I don't think. When you go to Ulm, have a look at the statue and see if you agree.

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    The Monster Minster of Ulm

    by Maryimelda Updated Jan 4, 2014

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    The Ulmer Muenster began life in the 15th century as a Catholic church but is today Lutheran.

    As I mentioned in my Intro, the steeple is believed to be the tallest in the entire world. It reaches a height in excess of 161m and cannot be missed from anywhere in the city. I had my first glimpse of it from the train enroute from Stuttgart to Augsburg, the day before and even the children were amazed at the size of it.

    Unfortunately I was not in the event of climbing 768 steps to the top but the visit was an amazing experience anyway. The tower is reached by a huge, round gothic staircase and I have to admit to being gobsmacked at the thought of the engineering that went into the building of that staircase, let alone the rest of this gigantic building.

    The interior is magnificent too. It features frescoes galore and as is to be expected, an extremely high ceiling. The body of the building is really quite narrow when the height is taken into consideration, but this only adds to its magnificence.

    Christine is a wonderful storyteller and as was to be expected she was able to explain why the symbol of the church is a small bird with a rather large twig in its beak. The story goes that when they were building the church they had trouble manoeuvring some of the huge beams into the building and got their inspiration from watching this little bird building its nest and having a similar problem with the huge twig it was trying to use in the process. Then they were amazed to see the little bird turn the twig sideways to get it to fit into the nest. Thus the little mascot of the minster.
    (Note to Christine - I hope I got the story right, I'm sure you will correct me if I have the details wrong).

    The minster or Muenster is often referred to as a cathedral but in actual fact it is not a cathedral because it has never been the seat of a bishop.

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    Ulm Minster inside

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Updated Jan 24, 2013

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    Deleted text on Barbara’s request
    though it had a link
    http://tourismus.ulm.de/tourismus/en/sehenswert/kirchen_und_kloester/ulmer_muenster/ulmer_muenster.php

    You can watch my 6 min 50 sec HD Video Ulm Minster in 2009 HD out of my Youtube channel.

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    Schwörhaus/Weinhof

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Written Dec 4, 2011

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    Schw��rhaus/Weinhof

    In the 14th to the 19th century, the wine yard was an important commercial centre, due to the wine-trade.
    Its chapel survived until 1612. After this, the earlier “Small Oath House” ('Schwörhäusle'), which was built on a palace tower, was replaced by an “Oath House”. After being damaged by fire, the house was re-built in 1785.

    Weinhof 14
    89073 Ulm
    Opening times
    11 a.m. - 5 p.m. (Tuesday - Sunday)

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    Dreifaltigkeitskirche

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Written Dec 4, 2011

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    Dreifaltigkeitskirche

    Another significant church is the Holy Trinity Church (Dreifaltigkeitskirche).
    Martin Bantzenmacher built the “Haus der Begegnung” as a church of the Holy Trinity in 1616-21. The late renaissance building with an onion-domed tower was built on the site of a Dominican Cloister (1351) that had to be abandoned in 1531, due to the Reformation of Ulm.
    Heinrich Seuse (Suso), the great German mystic and author spent his last years (1348-66) here.

    After being extensively damaged in 1944, it was no longer used as a church. Following re-building and renovation, the “Haus der Begegnung” has been used for numerous events since 1984

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    Saint George's and Holy Trinity Churches

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Updated Dec 4, 2011

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    Georgskirche (Saint George's Catholic church) was built in 1902-1904 by Maximilian and Carl Anton Meckel. It situated on Beethovenstr. 1.

    You can watch my high resolution photo of Ulm on the Google Earth according to the following coordinates 48° 24' 9.81" N 9° 59' 50.44" E or on my Google Earth Panoramio Saint George's Catholic church.

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    Dolphin and St. George Fountains

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Written Dec 4, 2011

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    The Dolphin (Delphin-Brunnen) situated to the South of the Minster. With its numerous fountains crossing over each other it can claim to be one of the most attractive fountains in Ulm.
    It was built mainly in 1585. The particular fascination of this fountain, with its complex structure, stems from the 52 inter-crossing jets of water and the reflections of the wet metal. From the trophy-like centrepiece, eight dolphins cast in bronze sweep out to the edge of the basin. The eight, water-spouting, bronze masks reply from five thinner jets. Additional, irregular jets of water intersperse with this strictly geometric water display.
    The charming “water display” of this fountain is particularly attractive when floodlit at night.

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    Fischkasten

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Written Dec 4, 2011

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    Fischkasten

    The “Fischkasten” or “Syrlin fountain” – such are the names for Ulm market’s fountain next to the “Rathaus” – is the oldest preserved fountain in Ulm.
    The name “Fischkasten” originates from the use of the fountain by the fishermen of Ulm, who sold their freshly caught fish here.
    The master sculptor who built the fountain, Jörg Syrlin the elder of Ulm, engraved his full name, his signature and the year, 1482, above one of the knights. The three original figurines of the knights can be seen in Ulm Museum.

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    Löwenbrunnen

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Updated Dec 4, 2011

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    The Lions Fountain (Löwenbrunnen) was built before the 17th century, it shows a single column supporting a double lion, which has an imperial eagle on the one side and Ulm´s shield on the other.
    Due to damage in the 2nd World War and the re-designing of the Minster Square, its location was changed several times until it was erected at its current site in 1992.
    The original column can now be seen in Ulm Museum.

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    Metzgerturm

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Written Dec 4, 2011

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    In 1349 the Butchers Tower (Metzgerturm) was integrated into Ulm´s fortifications.
    The 'leaning tower of Ulm” is 36 meters high and leans 2.05 meters in a north-westerly direction. This is not quite so much as its “big brother”, the leaning tower of Pisa (this slopes by 5.1°, the Metzgerturm by only 3.3°), but it is nonetheless quite considerable.

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    Rathaus

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Updated Dec 4, 2011

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    Ulm´s Town hall (Rathaus) is situated not far from the Minster and is easily recognised by its opulently painted, early renaissance façade. The oldest part of the present building, the main South East building, was built in 1370 as a “new trading house”. It is first mentioned as a town hall in 1419.

    The ornamental astronomical clock was installed around 1520. The lavish exterior murals were extended to the older part of the building and didactically illustrate virtues, commandments and vices.
    The paintings visible today originate from the year 1900 when the previous paintings, which had been largely destroyed by the weather, were restored or renewed in the sprit of the surviving remains.

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    Ulm Minster

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Updated Dec 3, 2011

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    Ulm Minster was begun in the Gothic era and not completed until the 19th century. It is the tallest church in the world, and the 4th tallest structure built before the 20th century, with a steeple measuring 161.5 metres.
    In 1377 the foundation stone was laid. The planned church was to have three naves of equal height, a main spire on the west and two steeples above the choir. In 1392 Ulrich Ensingen was appointed master builder. It was his plan to make the western church tower the tallest spire, which it remains in the present day.

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    City Panorama From The River Bank

    by Kathrin_E Updated Nov 1, 2011

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    For the best panorama of Ulm's old town, cross the Donau bridge over to the Neu-Ulm side and go for a walk along the river. There is a foot and bike path along the river bank opposite the old town. A wonderful spot for taking photos. Turn right after crossing the bridge (or, if you are coming from the Neu-Ulm side, turn left before the bridge.)

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    wood-timbered crooked house

    by richiecdisc Written Jul 14, 2011

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    the crooked house indeed
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    No great old German town would be complete without some wood-timbered houses and Ulm has quite a few clustered around a small neighborhood called the Fischerviertal and where would a Fisherman's Quarter be located but on the water. Most noted of these timeless structures is the Schiefes Haus which certainly seems like one of the most crooked houses in the world and attracts many tourists and their cameras trying to capture it. A stroll in this area is a must even though assume you will not be doing this alone unless you go out very early morning.

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    Rathaus

    by richiecdisc Written Jul 14, 2011

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    Ulm's

    Much like most old towns in Germany, Ulm has an impressive Rathaus or Town Hall. Though it dates back to 1320, it was given a major facelift in the 16th century when colorful murals and an astronomical clock were added. Unfortunately, the building suffered major damage from bombing during WWII. It has been masterfully restored and acts as one of the town's main attractions.

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