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12 Top-Rated Attractions & Things to Do in Ulm

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The old German imperial city of Ulm, located on the left bank of the River Danube and founded in AD 850, is the economic and cultural center of Upper Württemberg and the starting point of the Upper Swabian Baroque Highway .

Even without its other interesting things to do, Ulm would be worth visiting for the magnificent Ulm Münster. Topped by the tallest church spire in the world - it stands at 162 meters in height - this impressive cathedral is widely regarded as one of the best preserved Gothic churches in Europe.

Tourists interested in architectural attractions will appreciate Ulm's striking blend of old and cutting-edge modern architecture, often side by side. The city is also known for its many theater, opera, and dance performances. It also boasts a first-rate professional orchestra, a large Christmas Market, and lively traditional festivals, such as Oath Monday and the Fishermen's Jousting Tournament.

Learn more about the best places to visit in this historic city, with our list of the top attractions and things to do in Ulm, Germany.

See also: Where to Stay in Ulm

1. Ulm Minster

2. wander the old fishermen's & tanners' quarters, 3. explore ulm rathaus and marktplaz, 4. walk ulm's old town walls (stadtmauer), 5. visit museum ulm, 6. take a side trip to wiblingen abbey, 7. visit the museum of bread culture (museum brot und kunst), 8. the oath house, 9. take the kids to the tiergarten, 10. danube swabian museum, 11. kunsthalle weishaupt, 12. visit ulm's einstein fountain, where to stay in ulm for sightseeing, map of attractions & things to do in ulm.

Ulm Minster

Located in the city center stands Ulm Minster (Ulmer Münster), Germany's largest Gothic church after Cologne Cathedral. Started in 1377, its soaring spire was a work in progress that began in the 14th century and was finally completed in 1890 on the basis of a sketch left by Matthias Böblinger.

The tallest church spire in the world at 162 meters - five meters taller than its counterpart in Cologne - it dominates the city skyline. It's a particularly stunning sight when viewed from the banks of the nearby River Danube , especially at night.

Interior highlights include its fine choir stalls built in 1469, as well as the narrow staircase inside the tower. While it's tough going, the wonderful views to the Alps make the hard work worth it. A series of organ recitals are held throughout the summer months and are well worth attending.

A rather more current take on church architecture can be seen in the St. John the Baptist Church . This no-less impressive structure was extensively remodeled in the modernist style in the 1920s.

Address: Münsterplatz 21, 89073 Ulm, Germany

Fishermen's and Tanners Quarter

Set around the mouth of the River Blau, which flows into the Danube here, is where you'll find Ulm's very picturesque and skillfully restored Fischerviertel, the old Fishermen's and Tanners' Quarter. It's wonderful to explore on foot, and one of the favorite things to do in Ulm is to take a leisurely walking tour past its superbly restored half-timbered houses and stroll its inviting narrow alleyways and bridges.

A highlight of this fascinating area is the famous Crooked House (Das Schiefe Haus). This charming 14th-century timber-framed home is now a hotel ( Hotel Schiefes Haus Ulm ), but even if you're not staying here (it's a highly recommended experience), it's well worth seeing. Although much of its lean was corrected in 1620, it still leans over the river supported by its ancient beams.

The Fischerviertel area is also wonderful to explore at night when many of the old structures are lit up, and offers many excellent dining and shopping opportunities.

Address: Schwörhausgasse 6, Ulm, Germany

Ulm Rathaus

To the south of the Münster in the Marktplatz is the handsome Gothic Town Hall (Rathaus) with frescoes dating from 1540. With its architectural detail and frescoed Renaissance façade, there's no denying the building's visual appeal. Visitors are often surprised to learn that the intricate designs and décor were largely reconstructed after the devastation of World War II.

Originally built in the mid-14th-century, it first served as a form of medieval department store, housing a variety of different merchants and tradesmen, before becoming the town hall. Highlights of the building include a replica of the 16th-century astronomical clock , and the beautiful fountain known as the Fischkastenbrunnen (fish-tank fountain) built in 1482, which stands outside the building.

In startling contrast to this Renaissance building, beside it stands the modern glass pyramid of the Stadtbibliothek, the city library.

Address: Marktplatz 1, 89073 Ulm, Germany

Old Town Walls

Most of Ulm's 15th-century town walls have been well preserved and provide an excellent means of exploring the old town. Built in 1482 along the banks of the Danube, the walls - originally designed as a deterrent against invaders - circle the town from the Lauseck Bastion, taking in the Fishermen's and Tanners' Quarters and the boat landing stages.

Along the way, you'll find the 36-meter-tall Metzgerturm , or Butchers' Tower, which leans several feet off the vertical. You'll also find many wonderful cafés and restaurants, as well as quiet riverside spots ideal for picnics.

One of Germany's finest collections of Upper Swabian art and culture resides in Museum Ulm. Highlights of its outstanding collections of art, archaeology, and history include the 40,000-year-old Lion Man, carved from mammoth ivory and the oldest known animal carving in the world.

Works by 20th-century artists including Klee, Picasso, and Lichtenstein are shown in the Kurt Fried Collection. Take a little time to also see the sculptures by Michel Erhart Joerg Syrlin the Elder and paintings by Martin Schaffner and Bartholomew Zeitblom.

Connected to the museum and worthy of a visit is the Archive of the Ulm School of Design. This popular gallery is well-known for its displays of artworks from the 50s and 60s.

Address: Marktplatz 9, Ulm, Germany

Official site: www.museumulm.de/en

Wiblingen Abbey

Located just five kilometers from Ulm is the large Benedictine monastery of Wiblingen . Founded in the 11th-century and dissolved in 1803, Wiblingen Abbey (Wiblingen Kloster) is home to a magnificent Baroque church built in 1780, with outstanding sculptures and ceiling paintings by Januarius Zick.

The monastery's highlight, though, is its sumptuously decorated Rococo library, one of the finest examples of that style. Its interior is ringed by a gallery set on highly ornamented columns, and combines with the statues and ceiling fresco for an airy and whimsical style that seems almost frivolous for a monastery.

Today, the building houses the Museum im Konventbau , which paints a fascinating picture of the role of the abbey over the centuries.

Address: Schlossstrasse 38, Ulm-Wiblingen, Germany

Official site: www.kloster-wiblingen.de/en/

Bread Museum

One of Ulm's most unusual places to visit, the unique Museum of Bread Culture (Museum Brot und Kunst) offers a fascinating insight into the history of bread and baking from ancient to modern times. Exhibits cover everything from the growing of grains and harvesting of crops, to the social implications of bread (or a lack thereof) upon populations, as well as its impact on art and culture.

The museum also houses an impressive art collection based upon these themes. It includes pieces from the Middle Ages to modern times by artists such as Rembrandt, Dalí, Picasso, and Man Ray. English language guided tours are available.

Address: Salzstadelgasse 10, 89073 Ulm, Germany

Official site: https://museumbrotundkunst.de/en

The Oath House

A highlight of Ulm's old town center is the wonderful Oath House, or Schwörhaus. Built on what was, in AD 854, the old Kings Palace, the existing 17th-century structure becomes the most important building in Ulm the first Monday of July. Known as Oath Monday, it's on this day that the city's Lord Mayor gives his account of the previous year's events.

What's remarkable is that this tradition has taken place every year since 1397, and the day is marked with celebrations and events. Also noteworthy here is the local history museum, which is located within the Oath House.

Another nearby tourist attraction that's worth a visit is the lovely Christopher Fountain dating from 1584.

Address: Weinhof 12, Ulm

American alligator at the Tiergarten

For those traveling with children, one of the best places to visit is the delightful, though small, Tiergarten Ulm. Certainly no equal to the outstanding zoos in Leipzig or Munich, Ulm's Tiergarten has a respectable collection of exotic animals along with goats, deer, alpacas, and other animals. More exotic creatures live in the Tropical House, where you can see wallabies, Capuchin monkeys, Mississippi alligators, crocodiles, gibbons, and other warm climate species.

Children are especially fascinated by the aquatic displays, which include an 18-meter-long Danube Tunnel for cold water fish, and tropical fish swimming among coral and sea anemones. A nice park adjoins the zoo, with sculptures and playgrounds for children.

Address: Friedrichsau 40, Ulm, Germany

Ulmer Schachtel

The Danube Swabian Museum (Donauschwäbisches Zentralmuseum) is well worth visiting for a better understanding of the regional history. Highlights include the Ulmer Schachtel (literally the "Ulm Box"), an 18th-century wooden boat used to transport emigrants down the Danube as far as Hungary.

Many of the museum's fascinating exhibits in fact focus on the story of these immigrants, who settled at various points along the Danube in the 17th and 18th centuries, showing the everyday life of those villages and towns between Budapest and Belgrade where the Danube Swabians settled.

The exhibits not only trace the lives of these Swabian people through a history marked by world wars and Iron Curtain repressions, but consider the current status of German minorities in Hungary, Romania, Serbia, and Croatia. Guided tours are available, and a gift shop is located on-site.

Address: Schillerstraße 1, Ulm, Germany

Official site: www.dzm-museum.de/en/

Kunsthalle Weishaupt

You can't miss this sleek modern building next to the more traditional architecture of the Ulm Museum - especially because in front of it stands the large red Dog sculpture by Keith Haring. Inside this must-see attraction are works selected (and rotated annually) by art collector Siegfried Weishaupt, representing 20th-century and modern art movements .

Included are works by Andy Warhol, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Mark Rothko, Josef Albers, Dan Flavin, Willem de Kooning, Kenny Scharf, Tony Cragg, Robert Longo, and others. Don't miss the great views of the cathedral spires from the balcony. Guided tours are available, and if you're feeling peckish, be sure to stop in at the on-site café.

Adress: Hans-und-Sophie-Scholl-Platz 1, Ulm, Germany

Official site: http://kunsthalle-weishaupt.de/en/

Einstein Fountain

While fountains are a common sight in many European cities, as are monuments to famous native sons, none is more unusual that Ulm's Einstein Fountain (Einstein Brunnen). This unique cast bronze sculpture depicts a large snail (chosen to represent nature and wisdom) standing on a rocket (representing the scientist's studies in time, space, and atomic theory) that shoots water from its base.

Emerging from the snail is the head of Einstein in the famous pose with his tongue stuck out and hair in wild disarray. The fountain, which sits at the 16th-century Zeughaus arsenal, was created by Jürgen Goertz in 1984. Einstein was born in Ulm, but lived here only the first year of his life.

Address: Am Zeughaus 15, Ulm, Germany

We recommend these hotels in Ulm centrally located near top historical sites and museums:

  • LAGO hotel & restaurant am see : This 4-star hotel is located near the zoo, with lake views, an upscale restaurant, and spa treatments.
  • Comfor Hotel Frauenstrasse : Offering mid-range pricing, this fine hotel features contemporary room decor, helpful staff, and a lovely courtyard.
  • Ibis Ulm City offers affordable rates, clean rooms, and comfortable beds.
  • B&B Hotel Ulm : A good choice of budget hotel, B&B Hotel Ulm features sleek decor, floor-to-ceiling windows, and family rooms.

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15 Best Things to Do in Ulm (Germany)

On the Danube in Baden-Württemberg, Ulm will forever be synonymous with its epic minster. The city, also the birthplace of Albert Einstein, is a heady juxtaposition of Medieval and modern: Dating back hundreds of years are the city’s walls by the Danube and the quarter where fishermen and tanners used to live.

The half-timbered houses and traditional German restaurants on these streets clash with avant-garde new monuments to replace architecture lost in the war. And back to that minster, which soars over everything else in the city. Until the 1900s this church was in the top five tallest buildings in the world and has enough room for 20,000 worshippers.

Here are the best things to do in Ulm :

1. Ulm Minster

Ulm Minster

To set the scene, Ulm Minster has the highest steeple in the world, is officially the tallest complete church in the world and coming into the 20th century it was the 5th tallest man-made structure.

From the tower, 768 steps and 143 metres up, there’s a panorama of the Alps far in the distance to the south.

Ulm Minster was started in 1377, but partly because of its extreme dimensions was only officially completed in 1890. In the western portal take a moment to study the tympanum, filled with 14th-century carvings of scenes from the book of Genesis.

Down in the central column of the entrance is the Man of Sorrows by the Late Gothic sculptor Hans Multscher.

Don’t leave without seeing the 15th-century carved oak choir stalls, the apse’s stained glass windows from the same period and the 17th-century organ played by Mozart in 1763.

2. Fishermen’s and Tanners’ Quarter

Fishermen's And Tanners' Quarter

Where the channels of the Blau Stream enter the Danube is the Medieval waterside quarter for Ulm’s tanners, fishermen and shipbuilders.

The neighbourhood reached its zenith in the 1500s when trade on the Danube was roaring.

As a testament to this high demand, the streets are tightly packed with cantilevered timber-framed houses, some so close to each other that they sometimes touch in front, like on the appropriately named Kussgasse (Kiss Alley). The quarter was also a kind of staging post for emigrants travelling down the Danube to Hungary.

They’d normally stay here for a few months to raise money before making the journey.

As you’d expect the quarter has a lot of tales to tell, and its old wooden houses are now specialty shops, bars and restaurants.

3. Schiefes Haus

Schiefes Haus

What could be the cutest building in Ulm is the Schiefes Haus, a rickety inn from the start of the 15th century.

This corbelled, half-timbered house was used by Ulm’s shipmasters for hundreds of years.

At an incline of between 9 and 10° the Schiefes Haus looks like it’s just about to collapse, but is still going strong 600 years after it was built.

Adjustments have had to made over time, especially after the side facing the river started sinking in the 1600s.

According to the Guinness Book or Records it’s the most crooked hotel in the world (literally, not figuratively!). If you’d like to book a room you can rest easy knowing that your bed will at least be flat; the furniture adapts to the slope, which can be as much 40 cm in each room.

4. Museum der Brotkultur

Museum Der Brotkultur

The museum for bread culture has an apt home in a Renaissance granary that was built in 1592 and was in use until the start of the 19th century.

In 1955 the father and son Willy and Hermann Wiselen converted the warehouse into a museum about bread and its role in civilisation from prehistory to today.

You’ll delve into grain cultivation, milling, bread-making methods in different parts of the world and Medieval bakers’ guilds in Europe.

The museum has more than 18,000 objects, from ancient Europe to rice cultures in East Asia and maize cultures in Latin America.

Something that might catch you off guard is the richness of the art collection that has bread-themed works by Pieter Brueghel the Younger, Rembrandt, Max Beckmann and Picasso.

5. Wiblingen Abbey

Wiblingen Abbey

Some way south of Ulm, near the confluence of the Iller and Danube Rivers, is a former Benedictine Abbey, now a department of the University of Ulm.

The abbey was founded in the 11th century, and in the 18th century went through a period of rejuvenation, when its buildings were redesigned in an exuberant Late Baroque style.

The biggest achievement in that period was the Rococo library on the north wing of the complex, which is spellbinding for its marble columns with gilded capitals, figurative ceiling fresco, balustrade, virtuoso stuccowork and sculptures by Dominikus Hermenegild.

6. Altes Rathaus

Altes Rathaus

Coated with trompe-l’œil frescoes, Ulm’s majestic old town hall has an Early Renaissance design and is composed of three buildings, the oldest of which dates back to the 1370. The oldest architecture is on the southeast side of the complex, while the gables and daintily ornamented windows are from the 15th century.

The town hall has always been covered in murals, but by 1900 these were heavily weathered and were completely restored along the lines of the originals, depicting moment’s from Ulm’s past.

Spend a little time inspecting the astronomical clock, dating to 1520 and fitted with a mechanism by the Strasbourg master watchmaker Isaak Habrecht in 1580.

7. Ulm Town Walls

Ulm Town Walls

If you’re up for a restorative stroll you could make for the Danube bordered by a long remnant of Ulm’s defensive walls.

Built from brick, these date to 1482 and run from the planted Lauseck Bastion in the west for the length of the old town to the spacious Friedrichsau Park in the east.

There’s a continuous raised looking over the Danube, Ulm’s docks, the fishing quarter and the old town’s cobblestone streets.

One of the most picturesque spots is just east of the Herdbrücke, where the florid Rosengarten has lawns fringed by dozens of labelled rosebushes.

8. Metzgerturm

Metzgerturm

One unforgettable element in the defensive system by the Danube is the Metzgerturm (Butchers’ Tower), a gate predating the current line, going back to 1340. The tower got its name as an opening had to be made in the wall to make it easier to reach the city’s slaughterhouse, which was built outside the walls.

On a square plant, this structure is 36 metres tall and has a hipped roof.

But you may notice that is isn’t entirely straight.

Due to the marshy ground the tower leans two metres to the northwest; at 3.3° the slant is only slightly less severe than the Leaning Tower of Pisa (3.97°).

9. Ulmer Museum

Ulmer Museum

In four adjacent houses on Ulm’s Marktplatz, the municipal museum is unmissable for its Gothic and Renaissance sculpture, but also a prehistoric statue that has no equivalent in the world.

The Lion-man was discovered in the Hohlenstein-Stadel cave in 1939 and was shaped with a flint knife from mammoth ivory between 35,000 and 40,000 years ago.

At 30 centimetres tall this is the oldest example of figurative art in the world, comprising the body of a man with the head of a lion.

For art of a more recent kind there are paintings and mesmerising works sculptures by members of the Late Gothic Ulm School, like Michel Erhart, Nicklaus Weckmann, Hans Multscher, Martin Schaffner and Jörg Stocker.

And lastly, there’s a neat collection of Expressionist works by Kirchner, Macke, Paul Klee and Franz Mac.

10. Modern Architecture

Central Library

While a lot of historic buildings remain in the Fisherman’s Quarter other parts of the old centre were badly affected by bombing in 1944. Here, bold new amenities have been constructed over the last 25 years or so.

Take the Central Library, opposite the Old Town Hall and Minster, designed by Gottfried Böhm and in the shape of a glass pyramid.

The new synagogue was unveiled in 2012 close to where the original used to stand before 1938, with guided tours provided by the church office.

Two more contemporary projects, the Kunsthalle Weishaupt and the Stadthaus follow below.

11. Kunsthalle Weishaupt

Kunsthalle Weishaupt

That wave of architecture has given Ulm a private contemporary art museum.

The Kunsthalle Weishaupt opened in 2007 in a cube-shaped building designed by Wolfram Wöhr.

The museum is named after the entrepreneur and art patron Siegfrid Weishaupt, who has built up a notable assortment of art by the ZERO group, Lichtenstein, Warhol, Nam June Paik, Josef Albers, Yves Klein, Willem de Kooning and Keith Haring among many more.

This is shown to the public in themed exhibitions like the 10-year anniversary exhibition “Best of 10 Years”, which has highlights from the last decade (Haring, Robert Longo, Yves Klein and Max Bill) and will run until April 2018.

12. Stadthaus

Stadthaus

Under the Minster’s sky-scraping spire is another modern addition to Ulm’s cityscape.

The gleaming white Stadthaus by New York architect Richard Meier is an attention-grabbing landmark that opened in 1993. The cavernous space inside hosts conferences, lectures, concerts and exhibitions for almost anything, from art to science.

The Stadthaus is also where you’ll find Ulm’s tourist office, as well as a restaurant that opens for breakfast.

Given the location there’s no harm stepping inside to see what’s on, and to take in the building’s daring architecture.

13. Tiergarten Ulm

Tiergarten Ulm

Ulm’s zoo might be on the small side, but has a variety of regional and exotic animals for kids to get close to.

Best of all is the Danube aquarium, which has a glass tunnel surrounding you with the freshwater species that make their habitat in the famous river.

Also inside are terrariums for iguanas, turtles, poison dart frogs, chameleons and giant African snails.

Outside, the park’s brown bears have been a fixture at the zoo for decades and have an enormous enclosure, while there are also emus and ostriches, massive Vietnamese pot-bellied pigs and a habitat for goats that kids can walk inside.

14. Botanischer Garten der Universität Ulm

Botanischer Garten Der Universität Ulm

At a spacious 28 hectares, Ulm University’s botanical garden is one of the largest in the country.

The gardens are a tapestry of plant beds, meadows and forest, all laid out in 1981 on what used to a shooting range on the Obere Eselber hill to the southeast of the university.

Closer to the uni are the greenhouses for rainforest species, cactuses and Mediterranean plants.

And on trails you’ll come across a farmer’s garden with traditional crops, a herb garden, a rose garden, an arboretum, a cottage garden, an orchard and farmland where crops are rotated annually.

15. Schwörmontag

Schwörmontag

Ulm’s annual city holiday falls on the penultimate Monday of July.

The day has an administrative purpose, as it is the beginning and end of the political year in Ulm, and marks the swearing-in ceremony for the new lord mayor (“schwören” means “to swear”) . But there’s more going on than dry political procedures.

In the afternoon there’s a big bathing party in the Danube, known as the “Nabada”. Starting at 16:00 the Nabada is like a carnival on the water, with a flotilla of official themed boats and crazy home-made barges.

If Nabada falls on a warm day it will feel like the whole city (60,000 or more) has taken to the water on tubes, rafts of rowboats.

15 Best Things to Do in Ulm (Germany):

  • Ulm Minster
  • Fishermen's and Tanners' Quarter
  • Schiefes Haus
  • Museum der Brotkultur
  • Wiblingen Abbey
  • Altes Rathaus
  • Ulm Town Walls
  • Metzgerturm
  • Ulmer Museum
  • Modern Architecture
  • Kunsthalle Weishaupt
  • Tiergarten Ulm
  • Botanischer Garten der Universität Ulm
  • Schwörmontag
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Looking for the best things to do in Ulm, Germany? Here are 21 suggestions, from historical sights to fascinating facts, as well as parks and fun things to do in Ulm, Germany for kids. 

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Home to the world’s tallest church, and known as the birthplace of Einstein, Ulm is an interesting city with plenty of things to see and do. 

Stroll through the Fisherman’s Quarters and see the crookedest house in the world, take a walk to the interesting Einstein fountain or visit the Ulm Museum to see a 40, 000-year-old carving. Either way, there’s no shortage of fun and fascinating things to see in Ulm, Germany.  

We stopped in Ulm, originally as a short rest stop on our drive from Frankfurt to Slovenia – and because one of my kids saw the interesting-looking Berblinger tower on Google maps – but that short rest stop turned into a much longer visit once we started exploring the town. We had to alter our itinerary for the next few days to make up the time, but it was worth it!

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Ulm is an interesting city, with a rich history, as well as plenty of unique and unusual things to do. Here are some of the best things to do in Ulm, from historical sights to unusual and unique things to see, as well as parks and things to do in Ulm with kids.

1. Marvel at the Ulm Münster

One of Germany’s most iconic landmarks, and the top tourist attractions in Ulm, the Ulmer Münster is a true architectural marvel.

It’s the world’s tallest church, with a steeple that is 530 feet tall.

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Construction first began in 1477 and over the years, it has been a Catholic Church, before being converted to a Lutheran church, and finally a Protestant church.

Luckily the church survived without much damage during WWII, and it still stands proudly in the centre of Ulm.

And while it’s a steep climb with 768 steps, the 360° views from the top make the climb worthwhile!

2. See the Rathaus

The town hall is one of the most important buildings in any German city, and Ulm is no exception.

Ulm’s Rathaus, or City Hall, was built in 1520 and every wall on the outside of the building is decorated with gorgeous coloured murals.

Rathaus in Ulm is decorated with intricate frescoes and an astronomical clock on one side of the Rathaus

One wall also features an astronomical clock , less well-known than the one in Prague, but beautiful nonetheless.

The Renaissance façade is reason enough to visit the Rathaus, but the building is also home to a replica of the flying apparatus of Albrecht Ludwig Berblinger, the legendary “Tailor of Ulm”.

Regardless of whether you’re into art history, the Rathaus is a beautiful building and worth a visit.

3. Explore Fisherman’s and Tanner’s Quarters

Where the Blau River meets the River Danube you’ll find the charming Fischerviertel , or Fishers’ quarter.

This was the medieval quarter for tanners, fishermen and shipbuilders, as well as other craftsmen.

Now, this restored quarter is home to many beautifully restored half-timbered houses sitting over the water, as well as restaurants, galleries and small shops.

the crookedest house in the world - in Ulm, Germany

It’s also home to the crookedest house in the world , as well as one of the narrowest, and is a great spot to wander around.

There are many bridges crossing the Blau, and with plenty of cafes and restaurants, it’s an ideal spot to have a snack or a bite to eat. 

4. Walk Along the Old City Wall 

From Fischerviertel, it’s an easy walk to the old city wall, or the Stadmauer.

These red brick walls date from 1492 and run the length of the Old Town along the north bank of the Danube.

Napoleon decided he didn’t want a heavily fortified Ulm, so he reduced the height of the wall in the 19 th century.

Old City wall in Ulm, as seen from the other side of the Danube

Walk along the old town walls and enjoy the view of the Danube on your right and the buildings of the Aldstadt on your left. 

5. See the Leaning Tower

Along the city walls is the Metzgerturm , or Butcher’s Tower.

Built in the 14 th century, this tower features beautifully patterned tiles on the roof and is one of the entrances to the Old Town.

the leaning tower, or Metzgerturm, in Ulm Germany

But due to the marshy ground, the tower leans 2 meters, which is only slightly less severe than the more well-known Leaning Tower of Pisa.

It’s not possible to enter the tower, but a picture from the outside is a must. 

6. Walk Along the Danube

No visit to Ulm would be complete without taking a stroll along the banks of the Danube River.

One of the most important rivers in the world, the Danube River flows through 10 countries, including Germany.

There’s a great path alongside the river, with plenty of spots to sit and enjoy the view, or wood ‘steps’ built into the side of the banks to sit on.

View of Aldstadt in Ulm Germany from the other side of the Danube

Stroll along the north side or cross to the south side for an excellent view of the Ulm Munster and Leaning tower set against the Aldstadt. 

7. Climb the Berblinger Tower

The city is known for unusual and fascinating things – a crooked house, a tall church and a really old carving to name a few – but climbing the Berblinger Tower is another of the unique things to do in Ulm. 

Actually, the Berblinger Tower is what brought us to Ulm – we were looking for a stop on our drive through Germany to Slovenia, and one of my kids saw this tower on Google Maps, so of course we had to climb it. 

the Berblinger tower in Ulm Germany

I’ll be honest – climbing the tower is not for the faint-hearted. It doesn’t look too tall from below, but the tower is slightly tilted, and once at the top, even without any wind, it does shake and move a bit.

The winding steps are worth it though, as you’ll be rewarded with a great view over the Danube. 

8. Visit the Museum of Bread Culture

The Museum Brot und Kunst , or Museum of Bread Culture, sounds a bit unusual, and unique it is, but it’s also surprisingly interesting.

With over 1500 items, the museum presents an interesting history of bread and bread-making methods, and even the politics of bread, but it also features an interesting art collection with bread-themed pieces, including works by Chagall and Dali. 

The Museum of Bread Culture is housed in a building that was built in 1592 and used until the beginning of the 19 th century. In 1955, a father and son team converted the warehouse into what would become the museum it is today.

9. See the Lion Man of Ulm

Ulm is known for some fascinating things, from a tall church to a crooked house, but it also boasts a really old sculpture.

The Lion Man, or Löwenmensch figurine, has the body of a man with the head of a lion, and was found in a German cave in 1939.

Only 30 cm tall and carved from mammoth ivory about 40, 000 years ago, this is the oldest example of figurative art in the world.

lowenmensch statue, or lion man, on display in museum Ulm

Visit the Museum Ulm to see the Lion Man, as well as works from other local Ulm artists, and expressionist works by Kirchner, Macke and Paul Klee. 

10. See the Einstein Fountain

While exploring Ulm, be sure to visit this unique fountain that honours Albert Einstein.

Einstein was born in Ulm in 1879 , and although he only lived there for the first year of his life, the city still boasts about being the birthplace of the famous scientist.

Rather than a traditional fountain, this fountain has an interesting design of Einstein coming out of a snail shell on a rocket.

fountain in Ulm with Einstein’s head sticking out a snail shell that sits on top of a rocket

The rocket supposedly represents technology and the snail shell represents nature and wisdom in this very odd and unique tribute to the famous scientist.

11. Check Out the Modern Architecture

While many historic buildings remain in the fisherman’s quarter, much of the Old Town was destroyed by the bombing in WWII.

Instead of restoring the buildings to their previous state, new buildings were constructed, in a more modern style, much like the architecture in Dusseldorf .

Many of these interesting architectural designs can be seen throughout the center of Ulm.

central library in Ulm is in the shape of a glass pyramid

The Central Library , which is in the shape of a glass pyramid, can be seen just opposite the Rathaus, and Kunsthalle Weishaupt , which opened in 2006 is a cube-shaped building on the other corner.

Also in Münsterplatz is the Stadthaus , an interesting landmark which hosts conferences, concerts and exhibitions, but also has the tourist office and a restaurant that offers breakfast.

It’s a great spot to visit, to check out the architecture while picking up some info about the city, activities and unique things to do in Ulm, Germany. 

12. Visit the Kunsthalle Weishaupt

For art enthusiasts, a visit to the Kunsthalle Weishaupt is a must when visiting Ulm.

This impressive building houses a private collection of modern and contemporary art , including bold paintings by Klein, Warhol and Haring.

The art gallery is just across from the Rathaus and features a bright red sculpture in front. 

the Kunsthalle weishaupt - a private art gallery across from the Rathaus in Ulm Germany

13. Find the Sparrow

Many European cities are associated with an animal, and Ulm is no exception.

Ulm is known for sparrows – in fact, the children’s choir and the soccer team are both named ‘Sparrows’.

You’ll see them throughout the town, whether on postcards, sculptures in the Altstadt, chocolate sparrows in gift shops or even the bronze statue on top of the Münster.

black sign over restaurant with two sparrows and text reading hotel restaurant Ulmer Spatz

Legend has it that builders were having a hard time getting a large wooden beam needed for the church through the city gate. Then they saw a sparrow flying past with straw for its nest, and the builders had the idea to turn the wood sideways to fit through the gate.

When they finished the Münster, a bronze statue of a sparrow was placed on the top. 

If you’re travelling with kids, one of the best things to do while sightseeing, is to have them look for something significant to the town. In Sofia, Bulgaria , my kids kept a count of how many lions they saw, and in Ljubljana, they were on the lookout for dragons. In Ulm, have the kids look for sparrows!

➡️ See more of Ulm on this walking tour with a local guide . Stroll through the Fisherman’s Quarter, learn about local history and visit the Ulm Münster in this 1.5 hour walking tour . 

Things to Do in Ulm: Parks

14.  glacis park.

If you’re looking to take a break from sightseeing, Glacis Park is a great place to take a walk, see some ducks and swans, and beautiful flowers, especially in the spring.

flower gardens in glacis park, Ulm Germany

There’s also a big playground for children, as well as a cafe and a Biergarten during spring and summer. You definitely won’t regret visiting!

15. Donaubad

Donaubad is a huge fun water park, and the largest adventure pool in the area.

Featuring thermal pools, a sauna and a steam bath, as well as a heated outdoor pool with a whirlpool, it’s a great spot to relax and unwind.

There are also water slides, a length pool, a children’s pool and plenty of activities for the whole family. 

16. Friedrichsau

A large park just east of Ulm’s Old Town, this is a favourite spot for locals.

With ponds and a stream, and plenty of trees for shade, Friedrichsau is the largest green area in Ulm.

steps and path in the garden at friedrichsau in Ulm, Germany

Take a walk on the trails through the park or play basketball on the courts. There’s also mini golf and a fantastic playground for kids. In the summer,  there are beer gardens and it’s a great spot to relax on the grass, read or play sports.

From here, you can take a river cruise on the Danube and have a different view of Ulm. 

17. Wilhelmsburg

Just outside the downtown area (a 5-minute drive or 25 minutes to walk), Wilhelmsburgh is an imposing stone fortress that was built in the 1840s.

round stone fortress in Ulm Germany

Over the years it has been a WWII refugee camp, as well as a military base after the war. At one time, almost 3000 people lived in Wilhelmsburg and the fortress had its own post office, school and shop.

Since 1970, it’s been empty and now it’s a great spot to walk around year-round.

In the summer, sometimes there are music and events, and the sunset from the tower is fantastic.

Places to Visit Near Ulm

18. legoland.

Just 25km east of Ulm off the A8, Legoland Deutschland is one of the best attractions in Ulm for families. 

Legoland Deutschland entrance - one of the best things to do in Ulm with kids

This Lego-themed amusement park, with roller coasters, water attractions and a miniature world built from 55 million Lego bricks is sure to be a fantastic experience for the whole family.

➡️ Buy tickets to Legoland online

Things to Do in Ulm for Kids

19. spatzolino.

One of the best indoor playgrounds in Ulm , Spatzolino has 2000 square meters of fun.

There are plenty of activities for all ages, including a climbing spider tower, wave slide or freefall slide, a climbing maze, go-karts and bumper cars, as well as six trampolines to bounce on.

It’s one of the best things to do in Ulm with kids, especially on rainy days or when the weather is not great. 

20. Children’s Museum

Another of the top things to do with kids in Ulm is actually across the river in Neu-Ulm.

The Children’s Museum , or Edwin Scharff Museum is a hands-on museum where kids of all ages become researchers to search, discover and build.

Each year the exhibits change, and vary from socially relevant subjects to cultural history and natural science. The hands-on exhibits encourage visitors to move and be curious, whether they are kids or adults and are designed to make learning really fun.

Admission is free on Wednesdays, and opening hours and rates can be found here . 

21. Reptile Zoo

Just across the Danube in Neu-Ulm, the Reptile Zoo is another great place to visit in Ulm with kids.

It’s deceiving from the outside, but the inside is a maze of terrariums, with over 80 species of lizards, snakes and insects, and many different types of turtles and tortoises. 

Where to Stay in Ulm , Germany

There are a range of accommodation options in Ulm, Germany from hotels to apartments, and most are located in the city centre. 

Staying in the city centre is convenient to access Ulm’s main attractions, and ensures that you’re within walking distance of restaurants, cafes and shops. 

Boutique Hotel am Rathaus is a great choice, as it’s centrally located directly beside the Rathaus and only a minute or two walk to both Ulm Münster and the River Danube. Parking is available onsite. 

The Leonardo Royal Hotel Ulm is also a great choice, although it’s a bit more of a walk from the Ulm Münster. Rooms are spacious and clean, breakfast is included and parking is available onsite. 

view of the old city of Ulm from across the Danube

FAQ:  Best Things to Do in Ulm, Germany

Ulm, Germany is known for having a church with the tallest steeple in the world, as well as being the birth of Albert Einstein. 

With a rich history, as well as many fascinating facts and unique things to do, Ulm is definitely worth visiting. And it’s location halfway between Munich and Stuttgart makes for a great stopping point or an easy day trip from either city. 

Ulm is in southwestern Germany in Baden-Württemberg Land, situated on the Danube River. It’s approximately halfway between Munich and Stuttgart. 

Ulm is a great place to visit year-round. The weather is warmest in the summer months, but July and August are also the most popular months for tourists. June and September are best to visit, as crowds will be less, but December is also a good time to visit, when the Christmas Markets in Ulm are on. 

Final Thoughts: Best Things to Do in Ulm, Germany

Ulm is a great city to visit in Germany. It’s not as popular, or as busy, as some other larger cities in Germany, but there are still plenty of things to do in Ulm, whether you’re into history, or unusual facts, outdoor parks or visiting with kids. We really enjoyed our time in Ulm, and hope you do as well! 

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Ulmer Münster

'Ooh, it’s so big'… First-time visitors gush as they strain their neck muscles gazing up to the Münster. It is. And rather beautiful. Celebrated for its…

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Lording it over the Marktplatz, the 14th-century Rathaus sports a step-gabled, lavishly frescoed Renaissance facade. Out front is the Fischkastenbrunnen,…

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South of the Fischerviertel, along the Danube’s north bank, runs the red-brick Stadtmauer (city wall), the height of which was reduced in the 19th century…

Old houses in the famous Ulm fishing district, Fischerviertel, Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany, HDR imaging

Fischerviertel

The charming Fischerviertel, Ulm’s old fishers’ and tanners’ quarter, is slightly southwest of the centre. Beautifully restored half-timbered houses…

This museum is a fascinating romp through ancient and modern art, history and archaeology. Standouts include the 20th-century Kurt Fried Collection,…

Einstein Fountain & Monument

A nod to Ulm’s most famous son, this fiendishly funny bronze fountain by Jürgen Goertz shows a wild-haired, tongue-poking-out Albert Einstein, who was…

With origins dating back to the early 14th century, the Zeughaus is one of Ulm's most impressive historical buildings. It underwent significant expansion…

Designed by Richard Meier, the contemporary aesthetic of the concrete-and-glass Stadthaus is a dramatic contrast to the Münster. The American architect…

Fitting neatly into Ulm's ensemble of eye-catching contemporary architecture, this free-standing synagogue was built for the Jewish community and…

Museum der Brotkultur

How grain grows, what makes a good dough and other bread-related mysteries are unravelled at the Museum of Bread Culture. The collection celebrates bread…

The 14th-century Rathaus has an ornately painted Renaissance facade and a gilded astrological clock (1520); bells count off every quarter-hour. Inside you…

On the third Monday of July, the mayor swears allegiance to the town’s 1397 constitution from the 1st-floor loggia of the early 17th-century baroque…

Kunsthalle Weishaupt

The glass-fronted Kunsthalle Weishaupt contains the private collection of Siegfried Weishaupt, which is presented in rotating exhibitions. The accent is…

Stadtbibliothek

This 36m-high glass pyramid is the city’s main library. Designed by Gottfried Böhm, it's most impressive illuminated after dark.

Albrecht Berblinger Plaque

This bronze plaque marks where Albrecht Berblinger, a tailor who invented a flying machine, attempted to fly over the Danube in 1811. The so-called …

Fischkastenbrunnen

In the Marktplatz is the Fischkastenbrunnen, a fountain where fishmongers kept their river fish alive on market days.

Einstein Memorial

On Bahnhofstrasse sits Max Bill’s memorial (1979) to the great physicist – a stack of red-granite pillars marking the spot where Einstein was born.

Metzgerturm

Part of Ulm's original medieval fortifications, the 36m-high, colourful tile-roofed Metzgerturm does a Tower of Pisa by leaning 2.05m off-centre.

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The Top 10 Things to See and Do in Ulm, Germany

Ulm skyline

Ulm , on the banks of River Danube, is much more than the tallest church steeple in the world and the birthplace of Albert Einstein, though these are obviously super cool too. As you explore this unassuming city, you’re bound to discover heaps of culture, stunning architecture and wonderful surprises. Let’s take a look at the sights that are sure to win your heart in Ulm .

1. ulm minster.

Ulm is almost synonymous with Ulm Minster , the tallest (161.5 meters / 530 feet) church steeple in the world. It was built over 513 years (1377-1890) and is considered one of the finest pieces of Gothic architecture in Europe. Its walls house a trove of treasure, including late medieval sculptures, carved-oak choir stalls made in the 15th century, a 16th-century triptych, beautiful stained glass windows and more. Climbing 768 steps to the spire at 143 meters (469 feet) might make you groan and sweat, but we promise that uninterrupted views across hundreds of miles (on clear days, even of the Alps) is going to make the pain worth it.

Münsterplatz 21, Ulm, Germany +49 731 3799450

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Ulm Cathedral | © moerschy / Pixabay

Fischerviertel

Fischerviertel, Fishermen’s and Tanners’ Quarter, is probably the most picturesque part of town. Here, lovingly preserved half-timbered houses and quaint cafes line the mouth of the River Blau, the region crisscrossed by countless romantic alleys and bridges. The Leaning House, or the Crooked House, is easily the most photographed site in Ulm after the minster. This 14th-century timber-framed Gothic building – supported by beams and appearing to lean precariously into the water – is now a hotel (Hotel Schiefes Haus Ulm).

Fischerviertel, with the Leaning House

Walking the town walls in Ulm is a wonderful way of experiencing the city as it was in the 15th century. These walls, built along the river to protect the city from attacks, have mostly been preserved in their original condition. One of the main attractions of this region is the 36-meter-tall leaning Metzgerturm or Butcher’s tower. This is a pristine location to laze around, enjoy great river views or grab a meal at one of the restaurants and cafes.

Ulm city walls

2. The Museum of Bread Culture

Museum der Brotkultur, Ulm

3. Ulm Town Hall (Rathaus)

Ulm Rathaus allures visitors with its extraordinary frescoes dating back to the mid-16th century. The building suffered heavy damage during the Second World War and was later reconstructed and restored to a condition as close to the original as possible. A special attraction of the Rathaus is a gorgeous replica of a 16th-century astronomical clock.

Marktpl. 1, 89073 Ulm, Germany +49 731 1610

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Ulm Rathaus | © Hans / Pixabay

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4. Cloister Wiblingen

An architectural tour of Ulm cannot be complete without a visit to the magnificent Benedictine monastery of Wiblingen. Its earliest existence can be traced back to the 11th century but the monastery, as it exists today, was almost completely rebuilt in 1714-1781. The cloister houses an enchanting church in its premises. Moreover, the cloister library is considered one of the finest examples of Rococo architecture in the country. At the Museum in Konventbau, you can learn all about the history of the cloister and its social, religious and cultural influence over the centuries. Schlossstrasse 38, Ulm-Wiblingen, Germany +49 (0)731 50-28975

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Cloister Wiblingen | © Wikimedia Commons

5. Oath House (Schwörhaus)

Every year, on the penultimate Monday in July, huge crowds gather in front of the Oath House, to listen to the speech delivered from the balcony of the Schwörhaus by the Lord Mayor of Ulm. However, even other than “Oath Monday” (Schwörmontag), the Oath House is worth a stop because of the interesting architecture of this ancient (854 AD) building and the Gothic statue of St. Christopher and a beautiful fountain in the courtyard.

Weinhof 12, Ulm, Germany +49 (0)731 161-4201

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Oath House | © Ssch / Wikimedia Commons

6. Ulm Museum

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Fischkastenbrunnen

Right in front of the Rathaus stands the ornate fountain called Fischkastenbrunnen (Fish Box Fountain). This was built in the 15th century and was used in bygone days by fishmongers to keep their wares alive during market days. In winter, the fountain is covered with planks to protect it from severe weather.

Fischkastenbrunnen

7. Tiergarten Ulm

If you are traveling with kids, or if you like zoos yourself, Tiergarten Ulm promises a fun day out. Animals, fish, birds and reptiles across several exotic species call the Ulm Zoo their home. At the open-air sections, you can view creatures freely roaming in their natural habitat, while the flocks of colorful birds is a favorite with visitors. There is even a petting section where you can get up and close with some animals.

Friedrichsau 40, Ulm, Germany +49 731 1616742

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Poison Dart Frog in Ulm Zoo | © H. Krisp / Wikimedia Commons

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Best Things To Do In Ulm, Germany

Ulm cleverly combines futuristic with medieval in the little heart of this city of Germany . If this place is on your bucket list, don’t forget to visit most of this city – its historic tall buildings, museums and beautiful parks. You can also go to the tower and bask in the attractive view of the city and enjoy the oh-so-amazing sunset! 

There’s quite a bit of things to do in Ulm that I will share in detail below. While I share my personal visit to Ulm, I’ll also share some of its famous places that you shouldn’t be missing if you happen to visit  Ulm! 

This city was sorely damaged in World War II, but now, most of its main buildings have been repaired. Many Gothic walls, gates and fountains have survived and are still standing today like before. 

Ulm is also famous for industries that include the manufacture of machinery, textiles, electrical equipment, metal products, motor vehicles, etc. 

Fun fact: Ulm is the birthplace of the famous Albert Einstein. 

Have a small Ulm map handy – you’re in for an adventure!

At A Glance

Where is Ulm, Germany?

Weather in ulm, germany, 1. b&b hotel ulm, 2. maritim hotel ulm, 3. comfor hotel ulm city, 1. ulm minster, 2. fishermen’s and tanners’ quarter, 3. town hall (ulmer rathaus), 4. schiefes haus, 5. ulmer museum, 6. metzgerturm, 7. cineplex dietrich, 8. donaubad, 9. zur forelle, 10. wiblingen abbey.

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Map of Ulm, Germany

Ulm is a city in the Southwest of Germany that lies on the left bank of the Danube River at its junction with the Iller and the Blau.

It was founded in the mid of the 9th century. This city has enjoyed a long history as a free imperial city that was ruled only by the Holy Roman Emperor without any annoying princes in between. 

Neu-Ulm and Ulm are both in the same time zone Europe/Berlin.

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The essence of Ulm – a house that is surrounded by running waters.

This city’s temperature varies throughout the year. The summers in Ulm are comfortable, but the winters are very cold and windy here, and it is partly cloudy all year-round.

From March to the end of May it is spring in Ulm, Germany. The weather is pleasant and the city is busy with Easter celebrations.

From May’s end to August it is summer season, known for high temperatures. If you’re someone not so used to warm weather I don’t suggest this weather is for you.

From September to November it’s the fall season here, when all the festivities happen and people from all over the world join.

Winter, from November to February, in my view, is the perfect time to visit this city if you are someone who enjoys winter sports in the surrounding mountains. Here’s a packing guide for winters in Europe .

Best Hotels In Ulm, Germany

If you’re wondering where to stay in Ulm, here our top picks for the best hotels in Ulm to stay and why we recommend it.

The first hotel is B&B hotel. This hotel is just some minutes away from Ulm main station. You can easily explore all sights from this place. This hotel features soundproof rooms so you can rest with all silence and peace. Free WiFi is provided 24/7.

This hotel is located beside the Danube river. Maritim Hotel Ulm features graceful and air-conditioned rooms with free Wi-Fi. 

The Maritim Hotel Ulm is connected to the Ulm Congress Centre. The historic Ulm Cathedral and the Donaustadion Stadium are just a 10-minute walk away from this hotel.

This hotel is situated in the centre of Ulm, featuring soundproof rooms and free WiFi. Comfor Hotel Ulm City’s reception is open 24 hours a day, thus is perfect if you are planning to arrive late or leave early in the wee mornings.

Things to do in Ulm, Germany

Ulm has its houses built around rivers. We were weaving through little bridges and between houses to discover the distinctive features that set Ulm apart from the rest of Germany. We were all so fascinated at how the houses can possibly be built upon the waters.

Here is a list of iconic things to do in Ulm and places you must visit when you visit Ulm.

Ulm Minster, ulm germany cathedral

Started in 1377, this church was completed in 1890. It is filled with 14th-century carvings that you can also find in the book of Genesis.

This place reveals some breath-taking views if you take the 768 steps up. The climb to the top might be a tiring experience, but it’s completely worth it. 

As an example of Gothic art and architecture, the church carries many examples of medieval culture. The pews are oak with busts carved by a famous German sculptor. Many of the other pieces of beautiful art date back to the 14th or 15th century. 

The Fishermen’s and Tanners’ Quarter in Ulm used to be the centre of medieval Ulm once, when it was first documented in 854. This place was built around the channels of the stream of Blau which leads into the Danube.

The quarter is basically known for its medieval buildings which were used by craftsmen. Most of them were fishermen, tanners, or shipbuilders. All of these professions were benefited because of the closeness of the river to this place.

The streets over here are tightly packed with timber-framed houses, so close to each other that sometimes they even touch in front. 

The quarter was also a home for emigrants travelling down the Danube to Hungary. They used to normally stay here for a few months to raise money before making the journey and moving ahead. This place has many tales that you’d love to hear from its locals.

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It has been transformed many times according to the needs and today, it presents itself with the beautiful baroque facade of Johann Fischer von Erlach, decorated with the symbols of Justice and Kindness.

Coated with trompe-l’œil frescoes, Ulm’s majestic old town hall has an Early Renaissance design. 

Basically, it is composed of three buildings, the oldest of which dates back to the 1370s. The oldest architecture it has is on the south-east side of the complex, while the gables and daintily ornamented windows this place has, are from the 15th century.

This iconic astronomical clock that you see on its facade was built in 1520. Apparently this clock tells not only of the time, but also your zodiac, the moon and the dates!

The intricately-designed murals surrounding the clock originate from 1900 and illustrate virtues, commandments and vices. 

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Walking past this timber-framed house, one might think it’s about to fall on you. Built in the 14th century, this Leaning House is one of the oldest buildings in the city of Ulm. The crooked building tilts precariously towards the south and almost looks as if it’s about to fall any moment. 

Set along the river Blau in a half-timbered house built-in 1406, the “Schiefes Haus”, or crooked house, is the most frequently photographed former townhouse in Ulm. 

Dating all the way back to the year 1406, this quaint hotel is an 8-minute walk from Stadthaus Ulm and 11 minutes from the Ulm Hauptbahnhof railway station. 

If you’re looking for hotels in Ulm for your stay from where you can visit attractions and things to do in Ulm easily, this is one hotel to consider. 

The Leaning House, Ulm

Come spring, colourful flowers greet you from each of the room’s windows, making this landmark an unmissable photo spot in Ulm.

This museum is spread over 7 buildings linked together. There are signs near the lifts and various spots that will guide you about sections on each floor. 

Since the joined-up complex can be confusing for a first-time visitor, you can ask an attendant for help and to decode the floor plan signs.

This place is filled with paintings and mesmerising works of sculptures by members of the late barbaric Ulm School. 

A prehistoric statue of lion-man that was discovered in Hohlenstein-Stadel cave in 1939 is also set up here. This statue consists of a body of a man with the head of a lion. 

Have a wander and be surprised by the amazing art collection this museum has.

metzgerturm ulm

Metzgerturm is also known as the “Butcher’s Tower” because it was once used to protect the butcher shop present in the area. 

The way to get to the tower is through the old wall. On a square plant, this structure is 36 metres tall and has a hipped roof. 

This tower is a part of the old town wall. A passage had to be made through this wall & a tower built on top, so the Butcher Shop was then behind the wall. Whereas formerly, it was outside the wall & totally unprotected.

This place is still scenic and unharmed, and this tower is now also open for public viewing. 

Due to the marshy ground, the tower leans two metres to the northwest. Be amazed – the slant is only slightly less severe than the Leaning Tower of Pisa. 

Learn the history of Metzgerturm and discover all stories about this place from its locals.

When one considers the things to do in Ulm, a little relaxation away from everything is always a good idea. 

For that, visit a high-end modern movie theatre that is Cineplex Dietrich when in Ulm. This cinema has everything you might need like snack bars, restaurants and lounging areas. 

You can reserve a seat there and watch the latest movie! All of the famous and latest movies are available here. 

Check out the snazzy-looking theatres they have, especially when the neon lights are turned on. The movie vibe is just another level.

Get yourself tickets and watch a movie with your friends or family!

A perfect place to take your kids or family to, Donaubad is a cool water park in Ulm I bet you didn’t know existed. This spacious water park is known to be one of the largest water parks with beautiful outdoor pools, indoor pools, whirlpool area, Jacuzzi, sauna and many other fun facilities.

Spending a few hours here knowing that there are tons of facilities to take advantage of takes no conscious decisions as you will lose track of time. 

This is the perfect family-friendly activity, having fun with the water activities and enjoying every moment.

Try German food at Zur Forelle, a lovely restaurant at Ulm. Not only will the building attract your eyes, the food that they serve here is another compelling reason to visit.

When you get the chance to visit Zur Forelle, you’ll understand why this is such a famous restaurant in Ulm. They serve authentic German cuisine with seafood and healthy food options, along with a wide array of dining items from appetizers to desserts. That is what you shouldn’t be missing this dining experience when visiting Ulm!

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Wiblingen Abbey was a former Benedictine abbey which was later used as barracks. 

Today, its buildings contain several departments of the medical faculty of the University of Ulm. 

Wiblingen Abbey was founded in 1093 (11th century) by the counts Hartmann and Otto von Kirchberg. Wiblingen Monastery and its church represent the final masterpiece of Baroque architecture in Upper Swabia. 

The interior of the library is considered to be one of the finest examples of Rococo architecture which is also seen as one of the biggest achievements.

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Ulm is such a peaceful, quiet town. Its ancient lanes, winding passageways, half-timbered houses, bridges and jetties give a real impression of what medieval life must have been like!

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13 Best Things to Do in Ulm, Germany (2023)

In this article, we’ve found the 13 best things to do while visiting Ulm , based upon tourist reviews and ratings.

Ulm is a historic city located at the Danube river in the state of Baden-Württemberg. Due to its geographic location in the southern part of Germany, the climate can be hot during summer and freezingly cold (but beautiful) during winter.

Known mostly for its impressive German cathedral which is the tallest in the world , the city offers attractions for everyone, and if you need even more things to do, we recommend visiting the nearby cities of Memmingen and Augsburg !

While visiting Ulm, you’ll find plenty of deep-blue lakes, castle ruins, cozy shopping streets, museums, parks, and medieval buildings. People who are into photography will fall in love with this German city due to its picturesque medieval streets and lakes.

Fun fact: Ulm is the birthplace of the famous physician Albert Einstein !

So, if you ever feel like you are running out of things to do in Ulm, think again.

13. Friedrichsau

If you are in Ulm with your family or friends, planning a trip to Friedrichsau is going to be a great idea. This is a big park that is full of greenery and quietness, which is quite different from city life. Every day, many tourists and locals come to this place to get some much-needed relaxation.

The park has been in Ulm since 1811 and still remains one of the biggest green parks in the city. The park measures approximately two kilometers and is full of lakes trees. Visitors can come and play sports like volleyball, golf, and even chess.

The park also has lots of restaurants that serve beer and food. There is also a zoo that showcases animals like kangaroos. It is just a lovely place to visit.

12. Donaubad

Donaubad

If you are in Ulm visiting and you badly need a relaxation day, consider Donaubad. Located in Wiblinger Str. 55, 89231, this is a water park with pools and relaxation facilities. It is a great place to visit. Visitors can go on water slides, pools and even take advantage of the sauna.

The amazing part about this location is the presence of different types of pools like outdoor pools and even adventure pools. After a dip in the pools, visitors can also go to the sauna or even head to the Donaubad bar. There is also a sports hall and even motor homes.

Visit website: www.donaubad.de

11. Museum Ulm

Museum Ulm

Museums are a great place to learn while also having fun. Thankfully, if you are in Ulm, there are no shortages of great museums. The Museum Ulm, founded in 1924, is a great place worth visiting. The Museum Ulm focuses on archaeology and art as well as the urban and cultural history of the city.

Tourists can find exhibits that range far back as prehistoric times. Gothic and even Renaissance paintings are also common. If you wish to visit this Museum, you can locate it at Ulm, Baden-Württemberg. Statues from different periods are also on display. Lovers of art will really enjoy a visit here.

Visit website: museumulm.de

10. Tiergarten Ulm

Tiergarten Ulm

Zoos are always a great place to visit, and Ulm also has its very own zoo. The Tiergarten Ulm can definitely kill boredom and make for a fun day with friends, family, or loved ones. You can find this zoo at 89073 Ulm. Visiting this zoo means getting to see tons of exciting and even indigenous animals.

Opened in 1966, the Tiergarten Ulm has more than 500 species of animals. The original history, however, goes back to the late 1920s when animals got donated, and sheds and enclosures got constructed for them. Today, people wanting to visit this place can do so whenever they want as the zoo is open throughout the year.

9. Ulmer Stadtmauer

Stadtmauer Ulm

Located in Unter der Metzig, 89073, the Ulmer Stadtmauer is a place that definitely should be on your visit list. The place gets even prettier and more attractive if the weather is good and the skies are clear and blue. It’s a nice place to visit on lazy Sunday mornings. Taking a walk alone or with a companion is also ideal.

The Ulm City Wall presents so many beautiful sites and locations when taking a walk. People get to see different houses, structures, and even the river. You will get to experience the true beauty of Ulm when taking a stroll here. It is also one of the most popular sites for tourists as well.

8. Museum Brot und Kunst

Museum Brot und Kunst

Among the many exciting and fun things to do in Ulm, visiting the Museum Brot und Kunst or the Museum of Bread and Art is a great idea. This is a Museum of knowledge. As such, visitors get to learn the importance of grains and bread. There is also an art exhibition on another side of the Museum.

Visiting this museum is not just about admiring the place but also learning about the culture. The art side of the Museum houses several artifacts and art collections. The bread section not only showcases the different types and importance of bread but also displays the technological aspects of bread-making. It is a place worth visiting when in Ulm.

7. Wilhemsburg

Staying in Ulm and not visiting Wilhemsburg is a sin! This citadel is a location that people need to come and see. Built from the years 1842-1849, this place is a fortified location that, in the past, served as stations for different regiments and units.

Visiting this place today is quite different from what it was originally built for. Today, visitors can simply admire the location and think about all the things that went down. After the end of the second world war, the place also served as refugee camps. If you plan on visiting this place, you’re not going to regret it! You will be offered a guided tour.

More info: www.die-wilhelmsburg.de

6. Blautopf

Located about sixteen kilometers west of Ulm, this spot is a must-visit location for nature lovers. Blautopf is a natural spring as well as the source for the river Blau. If you are getting tired of the city landscape and the busy city life, retreating to this quiet and peaceful location is surely a good way to rejuvenate.

Tourist Tip: You can also go and take a visit to the Blau cave system

The spring is not the only attraction. The water is a rich blue in color and photographs really well. Just standing or sitting somewhere and admiring the landscape is in itself a magical experience. Taking a stroll near the spring’s vicinity is also another must-try.

More info: www.blautopf.de

5. Ulmer Rathaus

Ulmer Rathaus

Have you heard of the Ulmer Rathaus? Known as the Ulm Town Hall, this Renaissance-inspired building is hard to miss and should be on everyone’s visit list. The present-day structure has a total of three structures, with the oldest one going back to the 1370s.

Not only does this place photograph incredibly well, but the place has so much historical value and significance as well. There is also an astronomical clock that you won’t get to see anywhere. Exterior murals are also visible and offer insights into interesting topics. If you’re ever getting tired of this rustic city, visiting Ulmer Rathaus will renew your interest.

4. The Leaning House (Das Schiefe Haus)

Das Schiefe Haus

Getting bored is normal, but not in Ulm. The city offers so much potential and ways to have fun and get inspired. One great thing to try out is to visit the Leaning House. This 16 th -century structure is unique in the sense that it leans at an interesting angle. What’s more, is that it is one of the oldest buildings in the city that till today is in livable condition.

For an onlooker, the buildings appear as they will fall at any moment, but there’s no reason to panic! The building is still strong and got reinforced. Try not to leave this place without clicking a photo. This particular structure is easy to locate, you just need to take a stroll in the Fishermen’s Quarters, and you’ll spot it. You cannot miss it.

3. Wiblingen Abbey

Wiblingen Abbey

Ulm has no shortages of historic sites and locations, and Wiblingen Abbey just so happens to be one of them. Founded in 1093, this Abbey originally served as a Benedictine Abbey and, in the later years, got converted into barracks. If you are wondering what your next move should be in Ulm, then visiting this Abbey should be your top priority.

From the outside, the Abbey looks like any other building. However, once inside, visitors always get blown away by the lavish decoration, pillars, wall art, and even ceiling art. It is a great location for people who love art, architecture, and history. Wiblingen Abbey also has a church and even a library. For people who are in Ulm, taking a day off and coming here will surely be a fantastic idea.

Visit website: www.kloster-wiblingen.de

2. Fishermen’s Quarter

Ulmer Fischer- und Gerberviertel

Want to enjoy and experience the rustic charm that Ulm has to offer? If so, make it a point to visit the Fishermen’s Quarter. This place offers a contrast from the busy city life. It is quiet and very peaceful. While visiting this place, you can take strolls around the back streets and bridges. The quarters were built around channels of the Blau stream.

Historically, these quarters were the homes of medieval artisans, including tanners, shipbuilders, and of course, fishermen. These quarters were also a resting place for so many emigrants. Today, this is an amazing tourist attraction, but locals and residents also visit this place often. A summer visit is a must as festivals are common on this site.

1. Ulmer Münster (Cathedral)

Ulmer Münster

Won’t it be exciting to see the tallest church in the world ? Well, if you are in Ulm, you can make this a reality by simply visiting the Ulmer Münster. This Lutheran church is the tallest there is in the world, and is the main reason for being ranked #1 of things to do in Ulm. The church’s steeple stands at the height of 540 ft.

People can find this massive church at Münsterplatz 21, 89073. The construction started in the closing decades of the 14 th century. The church officially opened in 1890. The architectural style is Gothic influenced with bricks as the main building material. The towers and steeples, however, used sandstone in their construction.

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Ulm Germany: 1-day Itinerary and Map

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Ulm is a city in Germany located in the state of Baden-Württemberg . This ancient imperial city is situated on the left bank of the Danube River , known as the birthplace of Albert Einstein.

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How to spend one day in Ulm Germany

In this 1-day itinerary in Ulm , discover the main attractions of the city.

Day 1 in Ulm

Start the day by visiting Ulmer Münster , located on Münsterplatz . For panoramic views of the city visit the top of the church tower.

Next to the church is the modern Stadthaus building, which houses a café, and restaurant and hosts various events. And near the Stadthaus building is the Weishaupt Art Gallery .

Head to the Ulm City Wall ( Ulmer Stadtmauer ) along the Danube , and you’ll find the Metzgerturm , a 36-meter-high tower, as well as restaurants and cafes.

Explore the Fischerviertel , the site has numerous restored half-timbered houses, narrow alleys, and bridges around the Blau River .

Schwörhaus is another building in the city, it is the former Palace of the Kings. The site now houses the Museum of Local History .

Things to see

  • Ulmer Münster
  • Stadthaus Ulm
  • Ulmer Rathaus
  • Ulm City Wall
  • Metzgerturm

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Sights in Ulm

1. ulmer münster.

Cathedral of Ulm

The Ulmer Münster  is a Lutheran church from the Gothic era that was completed only in the 19th century.

It has an observation platform. From the platform, you will have a panoramic view of the city.

Münsterplatz 21, 89073

2. Ulmer Rathaus

Ulmer Rathaus

The Ulmer Rathaus is located south of the Ulmer Münster on Marktplatz . The oldest part of the current building was built in 1370.

The ornamental astronomical clock was installed around 1520.

Marktpl. 1, 89073

3. Walls of Ulm

Walls of Ulm

The Walls of Ulm were built in 1482 along the banks of the Danube . Much of the 15th-century walls were well preserved.

Along the way, you will find the Metzgerturm 36 meters high.

Unter der Metzig, 89073

4. Schwörhaus

Schworhaus Ulm

The Schwörhaus , a structure existing since the 17th century, is the former Kings Palace .

The local history museum is located in the “ Schwörhaus ”, which also houses the city archives of Ulm .

Weinhof 12, 89073

5. Fischerviertel

Fischerviertel Ulm

The Fisherman’s Quarter ( Fischerviertel ) located around the Blau  river is a wonderful place to explore on foot.

The site includes numerous restored half-timbered houses, narrow alleys, bridges, excellent restaurants, and places to shop.

6. Einstein Brunnen

Einstein Fountain Ulm

The Einstein Fountain is a bronze sculpture made by Jürgen Goertz in 1984.

Zeughausgasse 15, 89073

7. Stadthaus

Stadthaus Ulm

The Stadthaus is a modern building located near the cathedral . It creates a mixture of the past and the future.

The place has a cafe and a restaurant.

Münsterplatz 50, 89073

8. Weishaupt

Weishaupt Ulm

The Weishaupt is located near the Ulmer Münster .

The beautiful building has an entrance hall with glass walls that give modernity to the square.

Hans-und-Sophie-Scholl-Platz 1, 89073

9. Botanical Garden

Bothanical Garden Ulm

The Botanical Garden was founded in 1981, it has an area of 28 hectares, and being one of the largest in Germany . It is maintained by the University of Ulm .

Hans-Krebs-Weg, 89081

Where to stay in Ulm

1. maritim ulm.

Located on the banks of the Danube 15 minutes from the center, the Maritim Hotel Ulm offers comfort and elegance.

Rooms feature a seating area, flat-screen TV, and minibar.

The hotel has an indoor pool and a restaurant on the 16th floor.

Basteistraße 40, 89073

2. Boutique 005 Ulm City

Boutique 005 Ulm City is a charming hotel located just a short distance from the Ulmer Münster and the banks of the Danube .

The rooms are elegant and equipped with a flat-screen TV and a work desk.

Sterngasse 17, 89073 Ulm, Germany

3. LAGO hotel & restaurant am see

Located on the banks of the river, the LAGO hotel & restaurant am see offers comfortable rooms with all modern amenities.

All rooms have a flat-screen TV, work desk, and minibar.

The hotel has a restaurant and a bar.

Friedrichsau 50, 89073 Ulm, Germany

4. Hotel Löwen

Hotel Löwen is a family-run hotel located in the Söflingen district of a former monastery 25 minutes away by public transport from central Ulm .

The rooms are individually decorated and equipped with a TV and work desk.

The hotel has a restaurant.

Klosterhof 41, 89077 Ulm, Germany

5. Leonardo Royal Hotel Ulm

Leonardo Royal Hotel Ulm is located next to the city’s central station and 1.3 km (0.8 miles) from the Ulmer Münster .

The modern rooms feature a flat-screen TV, coffee machine, electric kettle, and minibar.

The hotel has a gym and a sauna.

Mörikestraße 17, 89077 Ulm, Germany

Shopping in Ulm

1. galeria kaufhof.

Galeria Kaufhof is a German department store chain with many stores in Germany .

The company features brands like Esprit, S. Oliver, Tom Taylor, Gerry Weber, Tommy Hilfiger, Bugatti, Olymp.

Bahnhofstraße 5, 89073

2. Glacis-Galerie Ulm

The Glacis-Galerie is located 1 km from the Ulmer Rathaus .

Brands: Zara, New Yorker, Deichmann, Schuhe.

Plan your Trip

Ulm  has easy train access from various cities in  Germany . Famous cities nearby:  Stuttgart , Augsburg, Munich .

Stuttgart – 92.1 km (57.2 miles)

Augsburg – 86 km (53.5 miles)

Munich – 157 km (97.6 miles)

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Book your trip, book your accommodation.

Book your hotel with Booking.com as they consistently provide the cheapest and lowest rates.

Book Your Flight

Find cheap flights to Germany by using  Momondo . Momondo is a flight search engine that searches a lot of different airlines, including many budget carriers.

Book a Train Ticket

Check the train routes and schedules with Omio . Omio is an authorized Deutsche Bahn ticket seller, which compares and combines transport options for complete flexibility.

Don’t Forget Travel Insurance

Travel insurance will protect you against illness, injury, and cancellations. It’s a protection in case anything goes wrong. You can book your travel insurance with Travelexinsurance.com .

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The Best things to do in Ulm, Germany

Hallo! Welcome to Ulm, Germany , where history, beauty, and charm collide to create a beautiful city. Nestled along the picturesque Danube River , Ulm is a hidden gem that offers a lot of exciting activities and captivating sights. In this blog, I’ll share with you the best things to do in Ulm, ensuring that your visit to this enchanting city is nothing but amazing.

From the iconic towering spires of its cathedral to its quaint cobblestone streets, Ulm is a city that seamlessly blends rich history with modern delights. Whether you’re a history enthusiast, an architecture lover, or simply a traveler seeking authentic cultural experiences, Ulm has something to offer everyone. Join me as I show you the top attractions, hidden gems, and must-see landmarks that make this city an interesting destination in Germany. 

Welcome to Ulm

Here are some quick and interesting facts about Ulm that you might not know:

  • Did you know that what people usually call Ulm is actually two different cities? The city of Ulm, located in the B aden-Wurttenberg region, and Neu-Ulm located in Bavaria. Both cities are separated by the Danube River . However, they used to be the same city until 1810.  There is actually a tongue twister in German about this that goes like this: “In Ulm, um Ulm und um Ulm herum”.
  • The city of Ulm has the church with the tallest tallest tower in the world, the Ulm Minster with 162m.
  • It is the birthplace of Albert Einstein and there is a memorial for him near the house where he was born.

Best Things to do in Ulm

Plan your trip to ulm

How to get to there.

There are several ways you can reach Ulm:

  • Plane + Car : There are several airports near Ulm but the one with more flights is Munich Airport (MUC). From there you will have to rent a car and drive for 130km until Ulm. Get the best deals with  RentalCars .
  • Plane + Train : Instead of renting a car, you can also get to Ulm from Munich Airport by train. This train ride will take approximately 2 hours. Book your train tickets  here .
  • Car : If you live in central Europe, you can just make it a road trip with your own car.  This will give you a lot of flexibility if after Ulm you want to visit other areas nearby. We opted for this option and made Ulm the final stop of our Bavarian Road Trip.

Accommodation

Like in any other city, there are endless choices of places to stay. Depending on what you’re looking for, you can choose a hotel in these different areas:

  • Ulm-Mitte (City Center): This is the best place to stay for sightseeing and has the best restaurants nearby. 
  • Neu-Ulm : Ulm’s twin city on the other side of the Danube can offer, slightly cheaper accommodations, and on top of it, this is where you will get the best views of Ulm.
  • Outer neighborhoods of Ulm : If you have a car, then you might want to consider getting a hotel in one of the outer neighborhoods to ensure a free parking spot. 

Best Things to do in ulm

1. visit the ulm minster.

A must-visit in Ulm is, of course, the Ulm Minster (Ulm Munster in German). This church is often wrongly called Ulm Cathedral but it is actually not a cathedral. It can’t be since it was never the episcopal see of a bishop. 

The Ulm Minster is a Lutheran church with the highest tower in the world (162m). It is built in the Gothic architecture style in the 16th century but construction was not complete until the 19th century after a long hiatus. 

The church can be visited for free and is open between 9 am to 6 pm (April to September) and 10 am and 5 pm (October to March).

Good to know : On Saturday morning, the city market is placed in the Münsterplatz, right in front of the church. This can be very interesting if you want to buy local products but it can spoil a little bit your photos of the cathedral. If you’re in Ulm on a Saturday, maybe you should consider visiting the church in the afternoon.

Best Things to Do in Ulm: Ulm Minster

2. Go up the Ulm Minster Tower

Another interesting thing to do in Ulm is to climb up the Ulm Minster Tower. To do so, you will have to go up 768 steps! But trust me, it will be worth it! From 143m high, you will get amazing views of both Ulm and Neu Ulm. On a clear day, you can even see the Alps and the Zugspitze, Germany’s highest mountain.

View from the Ulm Minster

3. Admire the Rathaus (City Hall)

The Ulmer Rathaus or City Hall is another sight not to miss in this city. It is located only a few minutes walk from the Minster and it is hard to miss since it is covered in some very colorful murals that date from the mid-16th century. To make it even more impressive, the façade also has an astronomical clock dating from 1520.

It is not possible to visit Rathaus but you will sure want to spend a bit of time here admiring every detail of its façade. 

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4. Check out the Metzgerturm or Butcher's Tower

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Did you know that just like Pisa, the city of Ulm has its own leaning tower? This is  the Metzgerturm or Butcher’s Tower, which is a rectangular tower with a height of 36 m and an inclination of 3,3º (for reference Pisa’s tower has an inclination of 3,97º). 

Legend says the tower is leaning due to the weight of the heavy butchers that were imprisoned here as a punishment for deceiving people during hard times with sausages that were too small. When these butchers were threatened with the death penalty, they would all panic against one side of the tower. In reality, this tower is leaning due to a bad foundation issue and soil conditions near the Danube.

Another interesting fact about Metzgerturm is that its roof is not covered with regular tiles like any other roof. The tiles used are from other historic buildings in Ulm!

5. Go for a walk on the City Walls

A walk on the city wall is a must for people visiting the city. There is a lot to see in the middle section, beautiful gardens on one side, and the Danube and Neu Ulm on the other. 

The city wall is accessible from the Metzgerturm Tower, so make sure to include it in your itinerary.

Best things to do in Ulm

6. Relax next to the Danube

If walking along the city wall is not for you, then why not get a little bit closer to the Danube? There is a long park that stretches along the Danube where on a sunny day many people come to relax and have a picnic, go for a walk, or even ride their bikes.

Along the park, you will find the Berblingen Turm, a small spiral view point tower, where if you make the effort of going up a few steps you will get nice views of the city and the Danube. 

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7. Cross the Danube to Neu Ulm to get the best views of the city skyline

While you’re next to the Danube, it is time to cross it. From Neu Ulm’s side, you can get the most beautiful views of the city with the Minster popping out of all the traditional houses. This is one of Ulm’s most famous views. You can find the exact location on the map at the end of this blog named as Munster Selfie Point.

8. Go for a stroll in the Fisherman's and Tanner's Quarter

The Firsherman’s and Tanner’s Quarter is one of the most charming parts of the city. Narrow alleys, half-timbered houses, and small canals of the River Blau all make for picturesque views. Walking along these cobbled streets and crossing the many bridges is another must-do. Just get lost in these streets and discover the most beautiful spots.

Among the main things to discover in this area is the Crooked House (Schiefes Haus), an ancient fisherman’s house that is leaning over the River Blau or the Ulmer Spatz (Sparrow), the symbol of the city. According to the legend, the people from Ulm needed a really long beam for the construction of the Minster but they could not fit it through the gate. Just when they were about to tear down the gate, they saw a sparrow carrying a straw from its nest that turned it from crosswise to length wise in its beak.

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9. Visit the Albert Einstein Memorial Fountain

Albert Einstein was born in Ulm and even though the house was destroyed during a bombing in 1944, there is an Albert Einstein Memorial Fountain nearby where his house stood. 

In addition, there is also a fountain of Albert Einstein in another part of Ulm. In this fountain, you can see the face of the famous physicist sticking out his tongue to the visitors 

10. Enjoy some Modern Art at Kunsthalle Weishaupt

Looking for some cultural activities? Then you have to visit Kunsthalle Weishaupt. This is an art gallery that hosts a private collection of Modern Art that belongs to Siegfried Weishaupt and his wife. They have a collection of over 400 pieces of Modern Art.

If you want to visit this gallery, you can find opening hours and ticket prices at the official  website .

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11. Admire the Lion Man

The Lion Man is a sculpture of mammoth ivory that is exposed at the Museum Ulm. It is one of the oldest works of art of mankind with approximately 40,000 years! The sculpture is a mixture of man and animal. The legs and the upright posture are human, and the head and the paws are those of a lion. 

Important : The Museum will be closed from April 2023 until 2025 for renovation works. Because of this, it is not possible to admire the Lion Man at this moment. However, from 2024 this sculpture will be on display at the Kunsthalle Weishaupt until the museum is open again.

12. Visit the most beautiful Library in Wiblingen Monastery

The Benedictine monastery of Wiblingen is still quite a hidden gem to discover in Ulm. Within the monastery, you can find one of the most beautiful libraries you can think of. It is designed and built in the rococo style with paintings in the ceilings by Franz Martin Kühn, sculptures, stucco work, and delicate pillars. They all complete each other in harmony. 

Entering this room will make you feel like you have entered the library of a beautiful palace and not one of a monastery. Just relax, and admire every single detail in this beautiful room.

Good to know : To visit this library you have to buy an entry ticket to a small museum within the monastery (5 euros) in which unfortunately everything is in German. However, visiting this library is really worth it!

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Map with all locations to visit in ulm

On the map below, you can find the exact locations of all the sites mentioned in this blog as well as the few restaurants we tried. 

And this is it for my post about the Best Things to Do in Ulm, Germany. I hope you liked it and made you include a stop in this beautiful city during your next trip to Germany. Let me know in the comments if you have any questions or there is something else you would like to know.

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›hallo‹ and ›willkommen‹.

Where is this Minster, which everybody is rambling about? How far is it to see the peachy water tower? What activities can I undertake to entertain my little ones?

We are here to help! And are happy to as well. Just visit us at the Tourist-Information desk in the Stadthaus Ulm. Take our brochures with you, get directions and all the infos you need to make your stay the most special one.

A proper bagain and our go to tip: To make most of your stay – get the UlmCard. Free use of public transport, free guided tour, climb the steeple of the minster for free, free one-day bike rental, no entrance fee in over more than 12 museums and much more. Do we need to say anything else?

You made great memories and wouldn´t mind being reminded of the amazing time you had in Ulm/Neu-Ulm? You can find the coolest souvenirs in town at our Tourist-Information desk or order them online . Whether it´s going to be the odd postcard or the Einstein teddy bear – we have them all. Come and have a look.

Tourist-Information Ulm/Neu-Ulm Münsterplatz 50 89073 Ulm Telefon +49 731 161 2830

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Opening hours

Apr–Dec: Mon–Fri 9.30 am–6 pm Sat 9.30 am–4 pm Sun/Holi 11 am–3 pm Schwörmontag July 22 9.30 am–14 pm Decmeber 24-26 closed

Jan–Mar: Mon–Fri 9.30 am–6 pm Sat 9.30 am–4 pm Sun/Holi closed

Special opening times during the Christmas market Mon–Fr 9.30 am–6 pm Sat 9.30 am–4 pm Sun/Holi 11 am–4 pm

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By Vicky · Published Oct. 24th, 2022 · Updated Mar. 23rd, 2023

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This walking tour around Ulm visits the main sights, including the cathedral, fisherman’s quarter and more.

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This walk starts from Ulm Train Station , on the western edge of the city centre. Ulm is 1hr20 from Munich on the fast trains and 1hr10 from Stuttgart.

Ulm Walking Tour Map

Get the route by downloading the .gpx or .kml file below. For navigation with Maps.me on your mobile phone, simply download the .kml file and open to add it to the Maps.me bookmarks.

Tips for Ulm Walking Tour

  • Don’t walk up the cathedral tower if you are afraid of heights!
  • There are a couple of worthwhile museums in Ulm, the Bread and Art Museum being the most unconventional and perhaps the best.
  • Check out other walks on our Germany Hiking Page .

Top Sights in Ulm

On this self-guided walking tour you’ll see the main sights and attractions of Ulm. One day is the perfect amount of time to spend in Ulm .

  • Ulm Minster
  • Fischersviertel (Fisherman’s Quarter)
  • Marktplatz, Rathaus & Museums
  • Museum der Brot & Kultur

This is a self-guided walking tour, but there is a great guided walking tour of Ulm * you can do. The guided tour visits most of the sites on this tour, including Ulm Munster, the Fisherman’s Quarter and the splendid Rathaus. It starts from the Stadthaus, our stop Number 1.

Ulm Walking Tour Route

This walking tour starts from Ulm Train Station.

Directions: From the train station, follow the signs for Ulm Innenstadt/City Centre. This will lead you underground, then back up again in a little shopping square. Head slightly right along the pedestrian street and soon you’ll arrive at the Munsterplatz, the main city square.

1. Stadthaus

Stadthaus in Ulm

Key Information: Tourist information open Mon-Sat 9am-6pm, Sun 11am-6pm. The exhibitions open from 10am (11am Sundays) and are free to get in.

The Stadthaus ( Website , Tripadvisor Reviews *) is a modern white building on the right-hand side of the square. An architect from New York designed it and its construction in the early 1990s was fairly controversial. The town residents were divided on whether it added to or detracted from the ambience of the Munsterplatz.

The tourist information is at the base of one section, and there are several free exhibitions inside. The top floors contain rotating exhibits of variable interest, but check out the terrace from which there are good views of the cathedral opposite. The best little exhibition is in the basement and displays artefacts found during excavations to build the Stadthaus.

On the ground floor of the other building is a nice cafe offering homemade cakes. On the Munsterplatz itself there’s a market on Wednesdays and Saturdays selling fruits and vegetables, meat, flowers, bread and more.

2. Ulm Minster

Ulm Minster Tower, soaring into the sky

Key Information: The cathedral is open Apr-Sep 9am-6pm and Oct-Mar 10am-5pm daily, the tower closes 1 hour earlier. The cathedral is free to enter, while tickets to the tower cost €5/3.50.

The Gothic Ulm Minster ( Website , Tripadvisor Reviews *) is a must see and highlight of this walking tour. In the gift shop, you can pick up a guide to the cathedral – an in-depth booklet for €3, or a shorter leaflet for €1 that takes you to the top 10 sights of the cathedral. It’s a good idea to pick up one of these leaflets, with the cheaper one recommended unless you have a really strong interest in the building and its history.

Slightly surprisingly, the Ulm Minster has the world’s tallest church tower, at 161.53 meters high. When it was first envisioned in the Middle Ages, the town citizens had grand ideas of a huge church. Their big ideas came to a halt in 1543 with a decline in trade through Ulm resulting in a lack of money. Three hundred years later, in 1844, construction started again in earnest and the builders completed the tall tower in 1890.

Walking up the tall tower is slightly scary since the spiral staircase is quite tight and you can see all the way down to the square below on every rotation. However, the view from the top is worth it.

Inside the Cathedral

Cathedral, Ulm Minster, a highlight of a self-guided walking tour

Down in the church, don’t miss the choir stalls, made of oak carved in 1469-1474. The 99 wooden figures are either from the bible or famous people from antiquity such as the philosopher Cicero. At the back of the church, you can see the famous Ulm Sparrow, today a symbol of a city. Legend goes that the (slightly stupid) townspeople couldn’t fit a cartload of long wooden planks through the city gates. They didn’t think of turning them lengthways until they saw a sparrow carrying a twig turn its head to get through a narrow gap. After this, the townspeople rejoiced as they could just turn the planks around rather than knock down the city gate.

Directions: Leave the Munsterplatz behind the Stadthaus and down a pedestrianised street with the Neuer Bau (a warehouse from the 16th century) on your left. At the park turn left, then right over the two bridges into the Fischersviertel.

3. Fischersviertel (Fisherman’s Quarter)

Walking through the Fischersviertel (Fisherman's Quarter) on a tour of Ulm

The Fischersviertel * is a historic district of Ulm that’s great to walk through. It’s a picturesque area with many old half-timbered houses from the 15th-17th centuries and two channels of the River Blau. A lot of the old houses have their foundations partly in water and the soft ground has shifted, leading to buildings subsiding and tilting quite precariously. Fishermen lived here in the Middle Ages and fished on the Danube in little boats. Shipbuilding later became more important, constructing shallow-bottomed tub-like boats to transport people and goods along the Danube.

As you walk down the main street you will see many cute old houses. Towards the end of the street, turn left to walk across the Häuslesbrücke . This bridge was built in 1316 and is the oldest bridge in Ulm, and crosses the two branches of the Blau River. Look back from the bridge and you’ll see the historic Schmales Haus (narrow house), now a hotel *.

The Schwörhaus and more

The Schwörhaus in Ulm

On the other side of the river, pop up the steps on the other side of the road and round the corner into the square. To your left you’ll see the Schwörhaus , or oath house. It’s a lovely building where the city mayor swears an oath every year ‘to serve rich and poor alike’, a tradition started in 1345. There’s a free exhibit about the city’s history inside (the Haus der Stadtgeschichte), but the captions are all in German.

Schmales Haus (Narrow House), a hotel in Ulm.

Leave the square and head back to the Fischersviertel. You’ll soon see the Schiefes Haus , or Leaning House ( today a lovely hotel *). Look at its front, then head around the back. It’s very cute and precarious-looking, hanging over a little canal. It was built in 1406 and today tilts around 10 degrees, but it’s good to know that the building has been renovated such that it’s stable even in its leaning position. It used to be in the Guinness Book of World Records as the ‘most leaning hotel in the world’, until recently overtaken by a hotel in Abu Dhabi.

Schönes Haus (left) and more old houses on Fischerplätzle in Ulm

Cross the next bridge and you’ll reach Fischerplätzle, a little square that used to be a small harbour on the Danube. The Schönes Haus (beautiful house) is on this square, another nice old house and the centre of the mariners guild.

Directions: Walk up the steps to the city walls and turn left.

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4. city walls.

Historic houses in Ulm, southern Germany

From the City Walls * you can see the River Danube on one side and historic townhouses on the other. This wall was built at the end of the 15th century. Older walls, from the 13th century, have mainly since been destroyed though you might spot a few remnants around the city. Walk along the wall until the Metzgerturm , a stone tower that like other buildings is also leaning quite considerably.

Directions: Head down and through the Metzgerturm up to Ulm Marktplatz.

5. Marktplatz, Rathaus & Museums

Ulm Rathaus, a top sight on the walking tour through Ulm

The most prominent building on the Marktplatz is the splendid town hall , or Rathaus *. The Rathaus is fully covered in paintings. There’s a depiction of a merchant tub sailing on the River Danube, as well as virtues and vices such as hope. The oldest part of the building dates from 1370 though it became a town hall only a few decades later. Don’t miss the astronomical clock from 1520, showing the signs of the zodiac.

Albrecht Berblinger's hang glider, on display in the rathaus in Ulm

Inside (the entrance doors are not signed, but are open), you can see a full-size replica of the world’s earliest hang glider. This was designed by Albrecht Berblinger in 1811, a tailor who observed owls to try and replicate their flight. Unfortunately, the weather was bad on the day Albrecht tested his machine and instead of soaring through the air it was a big flop and he fell into social ruin. However, today it’s thought his original hang glider was a good design and would have worked if the weather had complied.

Museums on Ulm Markt

Museum Ulm, a stop on the walking tour

Key Information: Both the Museum Ulm and the Kunsthalle Weishaupt are open Tue-Sun, 11am-5pm. Tickets are €8/6 to Museum Ulm, €6/4 to Kunsthalle Weishaupt, or €12/10 for both.

At the east end of the Marktplatz is the Museum Ulm ( Website , Tripadvisor Reviews *). It’s located in a rather nice house with lovely ceilings and period furniture and contains a mix of modern art and archaeological finds, the most famous of which is the Lion Man. This is a Stone Age sculpture from over 30,000 years ago, carved in ivory from a mammoth tusk and one of the oldest sculptures in the world.

The layout of the museum is slightly complicated and most exhibits don’t have English captions, though most items are self-explanatory. Don’t miss the rooftop garden, from which you have a great view of the cathedral.

Across the road from the Rathaus is the Kunsthalle Weishaupt ( Website , Tripadvisor Reviews *). It’s a much smaller museum than the Museum Ulm and displays modern art along with old artworks. There are some famous pieces, for example by Rothko and Andy Warhol and the museum is nicely laid out. It’s another building with interesting architecture, and again you have nice views of the cathedral from the balcony near the top.

Directions: Walk left from the Kunsthalle and to the backside of Ulm Cathedral. Continue out the other side of the square along a cute pedestrian street. At the T-junction turn left then right again, and through the small square to the big white building and museum.

6. Museum der Brot und Kunst

A painting at the museum of bread and art in Ulm, a highlight of a walking tour through the city

Key Information: Opens at 10am every day, closes at 3pm on Mondays, 7pm on Wednesdays and 5pm the rest of the time. Tickets are €6 and include an audio guide (available in several languages).

The Museum der Brot und Kunst, or Museum of Bread and Art ( Website , Tripadvisor Reviews *) is a surprisingly good museum. The building itself is lovely, with huge exposed wooden beams. The museum is a mix of artworks that feature bread or grains such as wheat, along with everyday objects associated with bread. There’s also a history of breadmaking, the discovery of yeast, the impacts of famines and more. It’s also about how bread can be evocative and how certain types of bread are associated with certain types of lifestyles.

The written descriptions are in both German and English, and there’s an audioguide in English (which is interesting but rather long and could take hours and hours if you listen to all the entries).

Directions: This is the last stop on the Ulm Walking Tour. Head around the back of the museum and left back towards the cathedral square. Then turn right along the broad pedestrian shopping street to reach the train station. Alternatively, take the bus to Wiblingen Abbey (see below) to wonder at the amazing library.

Best Places to stay in Ulm

Budget: Ibis Budget Ulm City * – a solid choice not far from the centre of town with small and basic but clean rooms. There’s not much atmosphere, but it’s a great price for its location.

Comfort: Hotel Schiefes Haus * – stay in one of the top sights in Ulm, the leaning house, almost toppling into one of the pretty river channels. It’s got a great location near the centre of town.

Comfort: Hotel Schmales Haus * – similar to the Hotel Schiefes Haus and in another historic building, this hotel also has a great location and lots of character.

Wiblingen Abbey

Wiblingen Abbey

Key Information: The basilica is open every day 9-6pm in summer and 9-5pm in winter, and entrance is free. The library and museum are open March to October, Tue-Sun, 10am-5pm. In winter they’re open only on weekends and holidays 1-5pm. Tickets are €5.50/2.80 for adults/reductions. Take bus Number 4 from Ulm town centre to Pranger a bus stop right at the front of the Abbey (journey takes 11 minutes, leaves every 10 minutes).

Wiblingen Abbey ( TripAdvisor Reviews *) is a huge monastic complex and former Benedictine monastery. You can enter the large, Baroque basilica in the centre for free, and admire its high ceilings and architecture. Wiblingen Abbey library is particularly renowned as one of the most beautiful (over-the-top) rococo rooms.

To enter the library you have to get a ticket for the library and museum. Unfortunately, the museum is all in German, but you can get an English audioguide for the library. You can also wander around the monastery grounds to admire the outside of the buildings, some of which are falling into slight disrepair.

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    Here is a list of iconic things to do in Ulm and places you must visit when you visit Ulm. 1. Ulm Minster. ... With the kindest Brigitte who took us on a road trip around South Germany for the weekend! Hear about our family's 25 year-long history with her family. Ulm is such a peaceful, quiet town. Its ancient lanes, winding passageways, half ...

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    It is just a lovely place to visit. 12. Donaubad. Donaubad (VillageHero/ Flickr) If you are in Ulm visiting and you badly need a relaxation day, consider Donaubad. Located in Wiblinger Str. 55, 89231, this is a water park with pools and relaxation facilities. It is a great place to visit.

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    The Botanical Garden was founded in 1981, it has an area of 28 hectares, and being one of the largest in Germany. It is maintained by the University of Ulm. Hans-Krebs-Weg, 89081. Where to stay in Ulm 1. Maritim Ulm. Located on the banks of the Danube 15 minutes from the center, the Maritim Hotel Ulm offers comfort and elegance.

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    There are several ways you can reach Ulm: Plane + Car: There are several airports near Ulm but the one with more flights is Munich Airport (MUC).From there you will have to rent a car and drive for 130km until Ulm. Get the best deals with RentalCars.; Plane + Train: Instead of renting a car, you can also get to Ulm from Munich Airport by train.This train ride will take approximately 2 hours.

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    Things to Do in Ulm, Germany: See Tripadvisor's 23,391 reviews & photos of 112 Ulm attractions. ... Other Top Attractions around Ulm. 2023. Mercedes-Benz Museum. 8,384. 71 km away. Stuttgart. Speciality Museums. LEGOLAND Deutschland Resort. 5,716. ... The top attractions to visit in Ulm are: Ulmer Muenster; Fishermen's Quarter; Kloster ...

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    Climbing to the top of the spire was both exhilarating and rewarding. The panoramic views of Ulm and the surrounding countryside were simply breathtaking. Overall, Ulm Münster is a must-visit for anyone traveling to the region. Its beauty and historical significance make it a true gem of Germany.

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    Ulm Minster Church is a gothic masterpiece and a must-visit landmark in the city. Towering at 161.5 meters, it boasts the tallest church steeple in the world. Visitors can climb the 768 steps to the top of the tower to enjoy breathtaking views of Ulm and the surrounding region. The church's intricate architecture and stunning stained glass ...

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    We are here to help! And are happy to as well. Just visit us at the Tourist-Information desk in the Stadthaus Ulm. Take our brochures with you, get directions and all the infos you need to make your stay the most special one. A proper bagain and our go to tip: To make most of your stay - get the UlmCard. Free use of public transport, free ...

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    Things to Do in Ulm, Germany: See Tripadvisor's 23,565 traveller reviews and photos of Ulm tourist attractions. Find what to do today, this weekend, or in June. We have reviews of the best places to see in Ulm. ... Other Top Attractions around Ulm. 2023. Mercedes-Benz Museum. 8,404. 44 mi away. Stuttgart. Speciality Museums.

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    This walking tour around Ulm visits the main sights, including the cathedral, fisherman's quarter and more. ... On this self-guided walking tour you'll see the main sights and attractions of Ulm. One day is the perfect amount of time to spend in Ulm. Stadthaus; Ulm Minster ... Tourist information open Mon-Sat 9am-6pm, Sun 11am-6pm. The ...