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The Home of Geniuses
‘In Ulm und um Ulm und um Ulm herum’ – the catchy tongue twister can be thanked for popularising the medieval city in Baden-Württemberg the world over. But, of course, that’s not all: Ulm is also known for producing many of the world’s greatest thinkers, including Albert Einstein himself. The father of the theory of relativity was born in Ulm on 14 March 1879.
The southern German metropolis can even take credit for two of the best-known resistance fighters against the Nazi regime – the Scholl Siblings. Sophie and Hans Scholl, the faces of the White Rose, were born in the Ulm area around the beginning of the 20th century. Could it just be a coincidence? Definitely not – intellect flows through the veins of the city. After all, it doesn’t proudly call itself the ‘Heimat der Genies’ (Home of Geniuses) for nothing.
Ready for a historical gem?
Ulm has a lot to show its visitors. In the old town itself, there’s history to be found around every corner.
Why not start with the Ulm Grabenhäusle? The rustic little houses dating back to the 17th century have made themselves comfortable in an orderly row right on the historic city wall. They originally served as military accommodation – and for a good reason. Nowhere else offered a better view of the city’s moat, a popular target in war. From here, the enemy could be routed more quickly.
Next up is an old friend. In the centre of the site of the historic armoury, you’ll meet Albert Einstein. As brazen as ever, the famous physicist greets you from the Einstein Fountain with his tongue out. The mischievous grimace is not the only hallmark of Jürgen Goertz’s creation, as the fountain’s water also flows from a nuclear missile. The scientist would have definitely liked that.
Now it’s time to set your sights on the heights. Even from a distance, the Ulm Minster – the tallest church tower in the world – draws you in. The 161-metre-high tower watches over its city like a pious protector. Can you conquer the 768 steps? Keep going! The steep climb is worth it. On the way to the top of the church tower, you can catch a glimpse of Ulm’s old town through the many Gothic windows decorated with gargoyles. And the best part is that on sunny days, you can even see all the way to the Alps in the distance.
Once you’re back on terra firma, make your way to the Fishermen’s Quarter (Fischerviertel). Along with the Minster, the artisans quarter is Ulm’s pride and joy. And rightly so – the winding alleyways, narrow half-timbered houses and idyllic stone bridges offer picture-perfect scenery for a postcard. Be sure to keep an eye out for the ‘outlier’, as the leaning Schiefes Haus charmingly and naturally stands out from the crowd of other buildings.
Another crooked beauty awaits you at the Ulm City Wall. The Berblinger Tower leans to the side by a dizzying ten degrees – but not purely by accident. The 20-metre-high platform was intended to be this way right from the start. It was inspired by the ‘Schneider von Ulm’ (Tailor of Ulm), who attempted – and unfortunately failed – to fly from here. Although the flying didn’t work out, he did give Ulm a unique monument with the Berblinger Tower.
Motel One Ulm – book a tête-à-tête with the Ulm Minster
What sets Ulm apart? The Minster, the Stadthaus or the university on the Oberer Eselsberg? Why not find out for yourself? Book a cosy room at Motel One Ulm and start exploring from an affordable design hotel.
With our varied breakfast, you can fuel yourself for an eventful day in Ulm. Relax with a second cup of coffee in hand, book online tickets for the biggest sights in Ulm and plan your route of discovery at your leisure thanks to our free WiFi.
Now you can get going. Dive into the colourful hustle and bustle on Münsterplatz. Right in front of your hotel, cosy cafés, trendy burger restaurants and stylish boutiques invite you to feast, linger and stroll.
And the closer you get to Ulm Minster, the slower the clock turns. It feels almost as if time has stood still in the narrow, picturesque streets. The half-timbered houses overgrown with ivy, traditional handicraft shops and fountains with a Mediterranean touch seem like they have been borrowed from another era.
You’ll return to your hotel with a full camera memory but an empty stomach. Luckily, it’s right in the culinary centre of Ulm. What are you in the mood for today? How about a vegetarian burger with fries or a classic Italian pizza washed down with an Ulmer Golden beer?
Book a design hotel for a taste of big-city living
You know Ulm as the small city on the Danube. In the Motel One Ulm, however, you’ll suddenly feel like you are in a metropolis of millions. The avant-garde design of the hotel is reminiscent of New York, Singapore and Tokyo – from the room, through to the breakfast buffet and right down to the lobby.
The hotel’s colour scheme alone brings a big-city feel. Dark tones provide an elegant touch, broken up here and there by strong accent colours. The affordable design hotel offers a real 2-for-1 deal: inside, the hotel gives off a big-city vibe à la New York City, while outside you get to enjoy the conviviality and cosiness of Ulm.
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