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Popular Points of Interest in and near Ulm
Botanischer Garten der Universität Ulm
The Botanischer Garten der Universität Ulm (28 hectares), also known as the Botanischer Garten Ulm, is a botanical garden and arboretum maintained by the University of Ulm. It is located at Hans-Krebs-Weg, Ulm, Baden-Württemberg, Germany.
The garden was begun in 1981 on a former shooting range southeast of the university on the Upper Eselsberg. Its first greenhouses were built in 1986, its arboretum created in the years 1992-1996, and two additional tropical greenhouses were added in 1997. A farmer's garden was created in 1998, a rose garden in 1999-2000, and in 2001 an herb garden was created in cooperation with the pharmaceutical company Ratiopharm.
Today the garden contains a medicinal garden, daylily garden, arboretum, pond, rose garden, cottage garden, and meadow. Its herbarium contains some 80,000 documents with a focus on Europe, South America, and Central America, including a tropical collection of about 50,000 specimens, about 20,000 specimens of mosses and lichens, and some 10,000 phanerogams. The garden is open to the public on weekdays at various hours.
Ulm Cathedral (German: Ulmer Münster, literally: minster) is a Lutheran church and the tallest church in the world, with a steeple measuring 161.53 m (530 ft) and containing 768 steps. The church is not a cathedral in the technical ecclesiastical sense, as it has never been the seat of a bishop. However, it is a famous example of Gothic ecclesiastical architecture and is typically and mistakenly described as a cathedral. After climbing to the top level at 143m there is a panoramic view of Ulm in Baden-Württemberg and Neu-Ulm in Bavaria and, in clear weather, a vista of the Alps from Säntis to the Zugspitze. The final stairwell to the top is a tall, spiraling staircase that has barely enough room for one person.
Hours: Open 9am - 5:45pm with later hours in the summer. Note that the entrance to the tower closes one hour earlier.
Admission: Adults 4 €, Students 2.50 €, Family Ticket 10 €
Ulm Town Hall (Rathaus Ulm)
Ulm´s town hall 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.
During the course of the 15th century, windows encased in gothic architecture were installed on the South side (with 6 statues of electoral princes) and double-windows on the East side. 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.
In 1944, the interior of the town hall was extensively damaged by fire. However, the whole of the ground floor and the south wing of the 1st floor remained intact. On the staircase, you can marvel at a replica of the flying apparatus of Albrecht Ludwig Berblinger, the legendary “Tailor of Ulm”.
The botanical gardens of the University of Ulm were founded in 1981 and, covering an area of 28 ha, are among the largest in Germany. The garden contains a medicinal garden, daylily garden, arboretum, pond, rose garden, cottage garden, and meadow. Its herbarium contains some 80,000 documents with a focus on Europe, South America, and Central America, including a tropical collection of about 50,000 specimens, about 20,000 specimens of mosses and lichens, and some 10,000 phanerogams (plants that produce seeds).
Hours: 9 a.m. - 8 p.m. (daily from March - October), 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. (daily from November - February). Admission is free.
[ source: Museum der Brotkultur ]
Museum of Bread Culture
The unique museum is dedicated to the 6,000-year history of bread as an indispensable basis of human culture and civilisation. It owes its creation and growth to the decades-long personal commitment of Willy Eiselen (1896-1981) and his son Hermann Eiselen (born 1926). Both dealt in the manufacture and sale of bakery ingredients and were among the leading suppliers to the bakery trade. The two entrepreneurs founded the museum as the German Bread Museum in 1955 as an association. The first permanent exhibition dates back to 1960. It was the first and for many years the only museum of its kind in the world. It was a strictly private institution funded by the founders. In 1991 the funding of the museum was taken over by the Eiselen Foundation, an independent charitable institution; at the same time the museum moved into the Salzstadel, a historic storehouse in the centre of Ulm. Here the museum flourished, and in 2004 welcomed its one millionth visitor. A new permanent exhibition was opened in 2005 when the museum celebrated its 50th anniversary.
Ulm Minster (German: Ulmer Münster, literally: minster) is a Lutheran church located in Ulm, Germany. Although sometimes referred to as Ulm Cathedral because of its great size, the church is not a cathedral as it has never been the seat of a bishop.
Ulm Minster, like Cologne Cathedral (Kölner Dom), was begun in the Gothic era and not completed until the late 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 (530 ft) and containing 768 steps. From the top level at 143 m (469 ft) there is a panoramic view of Ulm in Baden-Württemberg and Neu-Ulm in Bavaria and, in clear weather, a vista of the Alps from Säntis to the Zugspitze. The final stairwell to the top (known as the third Gallery) is a tall, spiraling staircase that has barely enough room for one person.
Wiblingen Abbey was a former Benedictine abbey which was later used as barracks. Today its buildings house several departments of the medical faculty of the University of Ulm. The former abbey is located south of the confluence of the rivers Danube and Iller, south of the city of Ulm in the German state of Baden-Württemberg. Administratively, the former independent village of Wiblingen now belongs to the city of Ulm. The abbey is part of the Upper Swabian Baroque Route.
Wiblingen is part of the Upper Swabian baroque Route. The abbey church and the abbey library in the North wing of the abbey are open to the public. Guided tours are available. The abbey museum, opened in 2006, is located in the former guest rooms of the convent.
The abbey church St. Martin is used as a Catholic parish church and was elevated to the status of basilica minor by Pope John Paul II in 1993.
The rest of the North wing and the adjoining former commercial buildings are now part of the University of Ulm, housing the School for Medical Documentation.
The South wing of the abbey, having been rebuilt in 1917, is part of the local network of municipal retirement homes.
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Travel Insider Tips for Ulm
Ulm is a town at the edge of Bavaria in Baden-Württemberg, southwest Germany. Visit Ulm's old town: It has the highest steeple (Cathedral) in the world (161.53m) - the Munster - even higher than the Dome of Cologne (Cologne vacation rentals | Cologne travel guide).
The famous Albert Einstein was born there.
Ulm has a lot of dense fog in some times of the year. Especially in late autumn and early spring. Sometimes you can see only 30-50 m far (90-150 ft). The illuminated church looks impressive when it disappears in the fog.
Things to See in Ulm
- Church: Construction on the Ulmer Münster began in the 14th century, but the current version was only fully completed in 1890. The interior of the Münster (Münster vacation rentals | Münster travel guide) contains gorgeous choir stalls by Jörg Syrlin (1469 - 1474) in the 15th century. The top of the steeple can be reached via 768 steps and offers an amazing view over Ulm and the region (4 € for adults). On clear days, it is possible to see the Alps.
- Fishermen's Quarter (Fischerviertel)
- Schwörmontag (town festival with lots of people swimming in the Donau river. Every year on next to last Monday in July), also known as "Nabada"
- Blautopf in Blaubeuren (little town next to Ulm).
- The Christmas market on the plaza in front of the Münster.
- The Wednesday Market also in front of the Münster.
- The Rathaus (city hall) with its ancient colorful painted walls and the astronomic clock.
- The library of Ulm, also known as "Glaspyramide" (glass pyramid), because of its architecture.
- Museum of Bread Culture in the Old City, dedicated to the 6,000-year history of bread.
Things to Do in Ulm
- Walk along the Donau river through the Fischerviertel. Visit the many art galleries there. See the Schiefes Haus and enjoy the nice and little houses with very little streets between and small rivers. Visit the birthplace of Albert Einstein.
- Find out about all the current events happening in the city and the surroundings from Ulm-Outside.de event portal. The site is in german, but the people behind it are nice and give you gladly info in English if you contact them directly.
The railway station is in the town center, about 10 minutes by foot away from the church (Ulmer Münster). Remember there are special train tickets for Baden-Württemberg and Bayern. With these ticket up to five people can use all regional trains for a whole day for only 30 Euro (all together). Price might change, so check here (only German) for latest prices.
If you come from UK take ryanair to Friedrichshafen (Friedrichshafen vacation rentals | Friedrichshafen travel guide) Airport. From there you can get to Ulm by train in about one hour. Other nearby Airports are Munich (Munich vacation rentals | Munich travel guide), Stuttgart (Stuttgart vacation rentals | Stuttgart travel guide) and Augsburg (Augsburg vacation rentals | Augsburg travel guide). From these Airports an ICE or IC train get directly to Ulm.
The town center is small enough to walk around, but there are lots of buses and even sightseeing boats on the Danube (Donau) River.
[ source: Wikitravel ]
More about the History of Ulm
At first, Ulm's significance was due to the privilege of a Königspfalz, a place of accommodation for the medieval German kings and emperors on their frequent travels. Later, Ulm became a city of traders and craftsmen. One of the most important legal documents of the city, an agreement between the Ulm patricians and the trade guilds (German: Großer Schwörbrief), dates from 1397. This document, considered an early city constitution, and the beginning of the construction of an enormous church (Ulm Minster, 1377), financed by the inhabitants of Ulm themselves rather than by the church, demonstrate the assertiveness of Ulm's mediæval citizens. Ulm blossomed during the 15th and 16th centuries, mostly due to the export of high-quality textiles. The city was situated at the crossroads of important trade routes extending to Italy. These centuries, during which many important buildings were erected, also represented the zenith of art in Ulm, especially for painters and sculptors like Hans Multscher and Jörg Syrlin the Elder. During the Reformation, Ulm became Protestant (1530). With the establishment of new trade routes following the discovery of the New World (16th century) and the outbreak and consequences of the Thirty Years' War (1618–48), the city began to decline gradually. Around 1700, it was alternately invaded several times by French and Bavarian soldiers.
Most of the city was rebuilt in the plain and simple style of the 1950s and 1960s, but some of the historic landmark buildings have been restored. Due to its almost complete destruction in 1944, the Hirschstraße part of the city primarily consists of modern architecture. Ulm experienced substantial growth in the decades following World War II, with the establishment of large new housing projects and new industrial zones. In 1967, Ulm University was founded, which proved to be of great importance for the development of the city. Particularly since the 1980s, the transition from classical industry towards the high-tech sector has accelerated, with, for example, the establishment of research centres of companies like Daimler, Siemens and Nokia and a number of small applied research institutes near the university campus. The city today is still growing, forming a twin city of 170,000 inhabitants together with its neighbouring Bavarian city of Neu-Ulm, and seems to benefit from its central position between the cities of Stuttgart and Munich and thus between the cultural and economic hubs of southern Germany.
Ulm is a town at the edge to Bavaria in Baden-Württemberg, south west Germany. Visit Ulm's old town: It has the highest steeple (Cathedral) in the world (161.53m) - the Munster - even higher than the Dome of Cologne. The famous Albert Einstein was born there.
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