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Ulm and the cathedral that was once the largest in the world

Situated in the state of Baden-Württemberg, the city of Ulm is one of the main cities in the region, being bathed by the Danube River, it was once a free imperial city.

View of Ulm and the Danube river.

Ulm’s cathedral is its main tourist spot, rising above the city landscape. Its construction started in 1377 and its completion was only completed in 1890, when it became the tallest building in the world, maintaining the title for 11 years.

Ulm Cathedral.

Ulm reserves much more than its beautiful cathedral for its visitors. Founded around the 9th century, the city of Ulm was a great meeting point between trade routes, which brought it much prosperity and visits from influential people, including emperors. It had its heyday in the Low Middle Ages and was severely hit by bombings during World War II.

Fortunately, the city preserves many works from its past, such as Fischerviertel, the medieval neighborhood of fishermen and tanners (artisans of the tannery), which ascended in the 15th century during the expansion of trade on the Danube River. Strolling through the streets of this historic neighborhood, the visitor makes an incredible journey into the past.

Fischerviertel, Ulm.

Another xv century heritage that we can still visit today is the Schiefes Haus, the inn that, with more than 600 years old, has an impressive forward inclination, giving the impression that it can succumb at any time. Even so, the historic inn remains to stand, serving from ship commanders in its heyday, to a hotel these days.

Schiefes Haus, Ulm. Source: Wikipédia. Author: ubahnverleih.

Wiblingen Abbey is also one of Ulm’s masterpieces, being founded in the 11th century. This former Benedictine abbey, today is one of the departments of the University of Ulm. The beauty of this building is not only on the outside but highlighted in its internal wings subsequently renovated in the Rococo style, with marble columns, frescoes, and plasterwork.

Wiblingen Abbey Library, Ulm. Source: Flickr. Author: Michael Vogt.

One of the most visited spots by travelers in Ulm is the Altes Rathaus, the city hall built in the 14th century, with magnificent panels painted on its facade, which portray important past events in the city’s history.

Altes Rathaus, Ulm.

The contrast between past and present is easily seen in Ulm, with beautiful modern buildings, such as the Synagogue with its magnificent Star of David windows and the city library.

Be sure to visit this beautiful city in Baden-Württemberg, and if you want a guided tour in English, with professional, private, and highly qualified guides, all over Germany, get in touch!

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