Ulm: 7 things to visit, bell tower, city of monuments Einstein

fishing district ulm fischerviertel
fishing district ulm fischerviertel

Visiting Ulm in Germany, what to see in the hometown of Einstein with a glorious past, walking tour including the main monuments.

Guide Ulm

City in southern Germany, Ulm is located in the state of Baden-Württemberg, at the confluence of the river Blau in the Danube, opposite the Bavarian town of Neu-Ulm. The city boasts a prestigious past, from 1165 to 1803 was a free city of the Empire, had a significant development in terms of trade and crafts, even on its geographical location, located at the crossroads of important trade routes in Europe Central.

The ambitious construction of the cathedral, we can admire today in all its beauty, demonstrates the important role that the city had reached the territory of the Holy Roman Empire. Ulm is the birthplace of the famous scientist Albert Einstein and Albrecht Berblinger, known as the Tailor of Ulm, who invented a machine similar to hang gliding flight.

Of this city are also Hans and Sophie Scholl, a brother and sister, who along with other young people were part of a resistance group called the White Rose, who non-violently opposed the Nazi regime. The Scholls and other members of the group were executed by the Nazis in 1943.

What to see in Ulm

– The Cathedral of Ulm is one of the best works of Gothic German. Built between 1377 and 1530, collaborated in its realization various families of artists including the Parler, the Ensinger and Böblinger. The magnificent Cathedral is dominated by the tower of the facade, completed in the late nineteenth century, with its spire, reached by climbing 768 steps up to 161 meters high. The bell tower of the cathedral of Ulm is the tallest stone tower in Europe. Next to the cathedral stands the modern complex of Stadthaus, a museum multipurpose designed by Richard Meier.

– Fischerviertel, is the fishing district, located south-west of the cathedral. It’s very picturesque place with narrow cobbled streets and canals flowing into the Danube, along which overlook half-timbered buildings. Towards the river district is closed by a discrete part of the walls of the fourteenth century.

– Marktplatz, is the central square where stands the Rathaus, 1419 town hall, built in the fourteenth century, and originally intended to warehouse goods for the market. The building was later expanded, adorned with frescoes and a beautiful astronomical clock.

– Kornhaus, located in the heart of the old city, is the old barn, a large building built in 1594, with the facade with steps. This traditional construction, has been transformed into an elegant meeting place for concerts, exhibitions, conferences and meetings.

– Ulmer Museum, is a museum dedicated to the history and artists of Ulm, with spaces dedicated to archeology and collections of ancient and modern art.

– Deutsches Brotmuseum, the museum of bread culture, dedicated to the history of 6000 years of making bread, considered indispensable foundation of human life, culture and civilization.

– Wiblingen, is a southern suburb of the city where there is an old Benedictine abbey dating from 1093, rebuilt and secularized in 1806. The church dedicated to St. Martin Abbey was rebuilt in the eighteenth century in Baroque style. This place is one of the main stages in the tourist route known as the Upper Swabian Baroque Route.