Tuesday June 25

Trip Start Apr 18, 2013
Trip End Jul 09, 2013

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Flag of Germany  , Baden-Wurttemberg,
Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Ulm, Germany

Took the train with Mucki and Wolfgang to Ulm for the day. It cost 23 Euro for 2 tickets return. It should take 1 hour 50 minutes one way. Unfortunately someone threw themselves onto the track in front of a train traveling from Ulm to Langenau and the track had to be closed. We had to get off the train in Thalfingen and a bus was organised by the railways to collect us and take us to Ulm railway station (about 5 km).

We walked around Ulm for three hours and visited the Ulm Munster with the highest church tower in Europe. We climbed the 768 steps to the top with a stunning view of Ulm and Neu Ulm all the way to the Black Forest. We viewed the Rathaus (Town Hall), old city wall, Albert Einstein Fountain, walked along the Danube and old Fachwerk houses.

We ate bratwurst in a roll with German mustard for lunch. Grabbed coffee to go and pastries from a bakery to eat on the train ride back to Crailsheim.
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Paul on

Surely, after all your travels in Germany, this can't be the first time you've climbed the Münster at Ulm? It's still in my top 6 or 10 travel experiences ever - I've recommended it to many people over the years. I can't forget the experience of stepping into the space at the bottom of the spire on the top of the bell chamber (after 300+ steps and already 60 metres above the floor). What I thought (from below) was solid stone (the spire) was revealed as a delicate tracery of stone arches - transparent, insubstantial - I felt dizzy from the sense of being outside amid the glorious view, fearful of the height and at once awestruck with admiration for the skill, the passion and the bravery of the people who built it all those hundreds of years ago - and the spiral staircase and the view from the parapet were still to come.

ronandsusie2013 on

Ron and I said the same - admiration for those who built it. I had butterflies in my stomach. It is an awesome experience. Yes, it was our first climb up those 768 steps.

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