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The city of Ulm is situated in the federal state of Baden-Württemberg. Ulm lies directly on the river Danube and it borders on to the federal state of Bavaria. The foothills of the Swabian Alps are clearly visible. Even in the past, Ulm was well-known as an old imperial city. Today it is an important place in Germany and this can be primarily ascribed to the university. Furthermore, you can clearly see the division of Ulm as a city of science and the new city of Ulm. Modern Ulm belongs to Bavaria and today, the river Danube separates the two cities that once belonged to one another.
Ulm is very conveniently located. With the motorways A 7 and A 8, you can reach Ulm via many different cities. Even the main road network is well laid out. The main railway station in Ulm lies on the ICE connection from Stuttgart to Munich and with three additional railway stations, Ulm is well-served. The next international airport is the one in Stuttgart which lies approx. 80 km away. You can select the airport in Memmingen for regional flights and this can be found 50 km away.
Today, Ulm comprises of 18 urban districts. Up until the year 1970, there were only 9 and the remaining districts were only incorporated afterwards. Gögglingen-Donaustetten was incorporated into Ulm in 1974. Up until 1989, they were also two independent districts. The district lies in the South West of Ulm and it is rather rural. With a surface area of more than 1100 hectors, 760 hectors are still used for agricultural purposes today. The infrastructure is really good, several Kindergarten and a primary school ensure that families with children migrate to the district.
The district of Eselberg is located in the North West of Ulm. It is the district in which the university is situated. There are also a few large universities which have established themselves here such as Daimler, Nokia and Siemens. The population is thus a colourful mix, as well as students there are also many workers from the companies who live here.
Ulm had to accept serious damage to its building culture during the Second World War. Until that point, Ulm was deemed to be a historically significant city with various buildings from the Gothic, Renaissance and some structures from the Baroque eras. Only 5% of the buildings from the old town were preserved.
The Ulmer Münster shapes the urban landscape in Ulm. The building of the contemporary evangelical church began in 1377 and the completion of the church tower was not until 1890. The church tower, with its 161,53 metres in height, is the tallest in the whole world. The Münster was partly spared from the bomb attacks. There is enough space in the large building for 2000 people. It is worth taking a look at the ornate choir stalls on the inside of the church. They have wooden carvings of ancient philosophers and biblical prophets. If you go and look at the Münster, you should also climb up to the main tower. After 768 steps you will reach a height of 148 metres and you can see a panorama of the city from here. In good visibility, you can even see as far as the Alps.
You should also make a detour to the Gerber- und Fischerviertelt „tanner and fishermen ́squarter”. It is located on the Danube contributory Blau and it was settlement site as early as the medieval period. You can go take a look at the houses where the workers lived during these times. The whole place has a quaint feel to it and it gives you an insight into what life was like back then.
Alongside the Ulmer Münster, the Stadthaus at the Münsterplatz, shapes the urban landscape. The building was first built between 1991 and 1993 and it filled the empty space in the square. That which was created here, was a place that would advocate culture in the city. Alongside the tourist information which is housed here, there are also temporary exhibitions presented in the building. It mainly includes works from contemporary art. In the hall, you will find a new event almost every day. The majority of the building is open to the public. It deals with events of all kinds, starting with politics, media, the economy right through to culture and festivals.
In Ulm you can visit a museum that is unique in Germany on a national scale. The Museum der Brotkultur „museum of bread culture“ was founded in 1955. Since 1991, it has had its place in the historic Ulmer Salzstadel, which is a historic architectural monument from the year 1592. More than 18,000 exhibits belong to the collection and of which only around 700 are permanently exhibited. The focal point of the museum is the history of bread making. They also explain a bit about the changing roles of bread in the past and today. There are around 7000 books in the specialised library of the museum.
The Gerberhaus in Ulm is situated in the fishermen ́s quarter and it offers you typical Swabian cuisine. This includes Swabian raviolis which will be served with chanterelles. You will pay 16,90 euros for the dish. You can also get classical dishes such as the Wiener Schnitzel which costs 16.70 euros with side orders.
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