Ulm and Neu Ulm – two cities, one cultural centre, one experience
With a total of around 188,000 inhabitants, the Swabian twin cities are neither overwhelmingly big nor too crowded. Everything is close by and will seem familiar in no time. The Danube river officially divides the two federal states Baden-Württemberg and Bavaria. Ulm, with approximately 125,000 inhabitants the larger of the two cities, is located in Baden-Württemberg and directly borders the smaller Bavarian city of Neu-Ulm on the other side of the Danube river. The two municipal authorities work hand in hand in many sectors. They have grown into a comprehensive economic and cultural space and form the centre of the region between Allgäu and the Swabian Alb.
Ulm is an old city, whereas Neu-Ulm is relatively young and drawn up as the modern counterweight to Ulm. This fact determines the character of the two cities. In Ulm, the former Free Imperial City, you can find the romantic Fishermen’s and Tanners’ Quarter with its old houses, alleyways, air of medieval times and of course the world’s highest church steeple (161.53 m). Moreover, relics of the city wall, ancient towers and fortifications are also worth a visit. Especially appealing to tourists is the historic city hall of Ulm with its astronomical clock. The history of Ulm is still alive in many festivals and traditions like the fishermen’s competition on the Danube river, the International Danube festival as well as the Schwörwoche (Oath Week), a celebration of one of Europe´s oldest city constitutions. The latter is the biggest spectacle in and around Ulm.
Famous people, such as the physicist and Nobel Prize laureate Albert Einstein and the Scholl siblings, were born in Ulm. Hans and Sophie Scholl are known as members of the resistance against the Nazi regime. In 1943, the two students were sentenced to death for the distribution of pamphlets against Hitler and his war in Munich.
Besides cinemas, theatres and museums, Ulm and Neu-Ulm offer a broad range of leisure time activities: rowing, boat trips and ice skating are only a few of your options. In summer, quarry lakes in the city surroundings invite for a swim and the Ulmer Zelt (Ulm Tent) offers a wide entertainment programme including political cabaret, comedy, rock and jazz. The open air concerts on the Münsterplatz have become famous for their live acts during Oath Week. Afterwards, you can explore many bars and clubs in Ulm to turn the night into day.