impressions

cities & architecture
  • New city centre, Ulm
  • Historic town hall, Ulm
  • Weißenhorn
  • Blaubeuren
  • Marktplatz, Ehingen

You will find gorgeous medieval buildings on one side and bold modern architecture on the other. There is something truly magical about the cities and towns in the Ulm region.

Most of these characteristic contrasts can be found in Ulm/Neu-Ulm where they come together in a very confined space to create a perfect symbiosis.  But the architectural design is not the cities’ only asset. There are many reasons why you should come and visit our region: a plethora of theatres and museums, various shopping and leisure activities and very unique festivals.

There are also numerous smaller towns in this region that have a very special appeal, such as the historical town of Weissenhorn, the Patrician town of Illertissen, the towns of Blaubeuren and Munderkingen with their half-timbered houses or the Baroque town of Ehingen. Each place has its own appeal and very unique attractions.

caves & springs
  • Vertical cave, Laichingen
  • Hohle Fels cave, Schelklingen
  • Blautopf spring, Blaubeuren
  • Hohlenstein cave, Lonetal valley
  • Venus vom Hohle Fels

The caves that can be found in the Swabian Alb are very mystical and fascinating places. There are large show caves with numerous little winding alleys and beautiful stalagmites. The vertical cave of Laichingen is one of the highlights in the region. It is Germany’s deepest show case.

The caves of the Swabian Alb bear witness to the history of mankind and the art of the Ice Age. As early as in the Stone Age, humans came to live in these caves. There are unique archaeological findings such as the legendary “Lion Man” (Ulm Museum), which was found in the Hohlenstein cave in the Lonetal valley. Or the famous “Venus”, which is 40,000 years old and was found in the Hohle Fels cave close to Schelklingen, the world’s oldest work of art (Prehistory Museum Blaubeuren).

A must-see for any Alb visitor is the legendary karstic Blautopf spring in Blaubeuren with its gleaming blue spring lake – a genuine natural spectacle you should not miss.

castles & fortresses
  • Vöhlinschloss, Illertissen
  • Federal Fortress, Ulm
  • Schloss Neubronn, Holzschwang
  • Lautertal valley
  • Schloss Mochental, Ehingen

In the Ulm region, the Swabian Alb and on the banks of the Danube and Iller River, traces of knights, noble families and Patricians can be found. Knights such as the Lords of Rechtenstein, von Kirchberg or von Neuffen built their residences in the Early Middle Ages. The ruins of these romantic castles have been preserved in the Großen Lautertal valley or high above Blaubeuren for centuries. They offer a stunning view.

There are many smaller palaces and castles spanning the period from Renaissance to Baroque. Patrician families from Ulm such as the Ehinger, Besserer or Schad families were able to afford smaller mansions on the left and right side of the Danube River. They would use them as their summer residences. Magnificent palaces were built by wealthy merchant families such as the Fugger family (Weissenhorn and Oberkirchberg) or the Voehlin family (Illertissen) and clergymen (the Mochental castle of the Zwiefalten monastery) as a testament to their power and status.

churches & monasteries
  • Monastery, Roggenburg
  • Library, Monastery Wiblingen
  • Ulm Minster
  • Monastery, Obermarchtal
  • Kloster, Blaubeuren

The most impressive landmark of Ulm is its Gothic Minster, which boasts the highest church tower in the world. It was built in the 14th century to be the parish church of this Free Imperial City. The minster was completed in its present form in the late 19th century.  Genius sculptors such as Hans Multscher, Joerg Syrlin or Michel Erhart created outstanding works of art in their workshops.

During the Counter Reformation movement, the monasteries in their still Catholic surroundings feverishly started to build new churches and monasteries. The Benedictine monks in Wiblingen and Elchingen and the Premonstratensian monks in Obermarchtal and Roggenburg created splendid monasteries and churches with impressive artistic interior.

leisure & recreational activities
  • Shopping in Ulm
  • Cycling in and around Ulm
  • Steam train operating between Amstetten and Gerstetten
  • Donaubad adventure pool Ulm/Neu-Ulm
  • Wandern in der Region Ulm

The Ulm region is the perfect place for a day-trip. The city of Ulm and the smaller towns in the region are also ideal for some serious bargain hunting or relaxed window shopping.

There are wonderful hiking trails and plenty of opportunity to go on adventurous bicycle tours. The trails wind their way through the landscape of the Danube and Iller Rivers and their side valleys up to the Swabial Alb with its many caves and castles and down to the towns and villages with great scenic viewpoints. We can provide cycling and hiking guidebooks including maps and tour description for day and half-day trips.

Families will have a great time enjoying our leisure pools, swimming in the lakes in our local recreation area, taking riding lessons at one of our pony farms or riding schools, going on canoe trips, playing miniature golf, going on a ride with our steam train, visiting our children museums or exploring our caves and ropes courses.

museums & theatres
  • Lion Man, Ulm Museum
  • Theater Ulm
  • Crib museum, Oberstadion
  • Edwin Scharff Museum, Neu-Ulm
  • Kunstmuseum, Oberfahlheim

The region provides the most diverse range of museums you can imagine: the Weishaupt Art Gallery, the Prehistoric Museum, the Museum of Bread Culture, the Crib Museum and the Bee Museum. So you will be spoilt for choice, no matter whether you are into contemporary or Stone Age art. These museums are home to the works of modern painters such as Warhol, Macke and Scharff but also of artists of the more distant past such as Joerg Syrlin and Januarius Zick.

The stage is set, the curtain rises! This is how the theatre people say. Visitors will be thrilled at the great selection of theatres: There is the Ulm Theatre, Germany’s oldest town theatre, but also many smaller venues in Neu-Ulm, Weissenhorn, Illertissen, Langenau, Erbach and Blaustein. You can find classic pieces and light comedy but also experimental theatre.

There are also large concert halls, such as the ratiopharm arena in Neu-Ulm and the Lindenhalle hall in Ehingen to ammodate large pop or comedy concerts as well as performances of comedians.