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Ulm

Weekend conference turned out to be a great time

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This Friday I had a conference in Ulm so we decided to stay for the weekend. The conference turned out to be way better than I was expecting and we had a great time in Ulm. We saw another cathedral, another Christmas market, another city gate and city wall, but it never gets old.

Ulm turned out to be a great city. It’s kind of interesting since it’s divided into two sections (Ulm and Neu-Ulm) by the Donau, and the Neu-Ulm side is in Bavaria while the city proper is in Baden-Württemberg. It’s a little smaller than Freiburg so it was easy to get everywhere on foot. The Friday we got there was the conference, so Saturday we set out to see the city. The cathedral was beautiful, and has the highest steeple in the world. Ulm is foggiest city in Germany, and you could tell; I don’t think we ever actually saw the top of the cathedral! Saturday morning we went in for an organ concert, which was wonderful, although freezing. After walking around the Christmas market all morning we needed a place to warm up so we found a café in the back of a bookstore. The café culture in Germany is definitely different than at home or any of the other places we’ve been. There aren’t many here, at least not compared to Italy or Croatia. I guess the drink of choice here is beer, not coffee. There are a few nice cafes to be found though.

Another “highlight” in Ulm was the Schiefeshaus. That just means crooked house, and that’s exactly what it is. It’s a hotel in the Fischerviertel (fishing quarter) of the city which looks like it’s about to fall into the river any day now. It’s pretty interesting. I didn’t go in, but I assume the floors inside have been fixed! Also worth mentioning is that Ulm is Albert Einstein’s birthplace. The house is gone, along with most of the original buildings in the city, but there’s a monument on the spot where the house stood.

Overall we had a great stay in Ulm. It’s a quiet city but worth a visit if you’re in the area. It’s not far from Munich, and has a couple of world-record setting buildings – the highest steeple and most slanted hotel. The trip there from Freiburg through the Black Forest is also beautiful and the city itself is quite nice, lying on the Donau. We probably would never have gone here if it weren’t for the conference, but I’m glad we made it and got a chance to see a little more of the country we’re living in.

Here are some pictures.

Posted by kmclean 03.12.2012 20:18 Archived in Germany Tagged markets cathedrals christmas conferences couchsurfing

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