"In Ulm und um Ulm und um Ulm herum"
...is a German tongue twister ("in Ulm around Ulm and all around Ulm"), that is well known all over Germany.
There is a lot to discover in Ulm and Neu-Ulm. Beautiful parks and beer gardens are very inviting, especially when the sun is shining. Other than that, the twin cities offer plenty of culture, but also great shopping and party locations.
The river Danube and the Swabian Alb (Schwäbische Alb) and its many popular attractions are close by. From the steeple of the Ulm minster you have a breathtaking view of the twin cities, in clear weather actually stretching to the Alps. These mountains are the ideal place for skiing and snowboarding in winter. Both the Alps and Lake Constance are only a one hour by car and so are bigger cities with airports like Munich or Stuttgart.
Ulm and Neu Ulm – two cities, one cultural centre, one experience
With a population of 180 000 people, the Swabian twin cities have a comfortable size. Everything is close by and will seem familiar in no time. The Danube officially divides the two federal states Baden-Württemberg and Bavaria. Ulm, the bigger of the two cities with 120 000 inhabitants, is located in Baden-Württemberg and directly borders on the smaller Bavarian city of Neu-Ulm on the Southside of the Danube. The two municipal authorities work hand in hand in many areas. They have grown into a comprehensive economic and cultural space and form the centre of the region between the 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 you can find the romantic Fischerviertel and Gerberviertel with their old houses, its alleyways, medieval flair and of course the world’s highest church steeple (161.51 m). Moreover, relics of the city wall, ancient towers and fortifications are also worth a visit. Especially appealing to tourists is the historical city hall of Ulm with its astronomical clock. The history of Ulm is still alive in many festivals and traditions like the Fischerstechen (fishermen´s competition on the Danube), the Danube festival as well as the Schwörwoche (oath week). The latter is the biggest spectacle in and around Ulm.
Famous personalities 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 Munich, the two students were sentenced to death for the distribution of pamphlets against Hitler and his war.
Besides cinemas, theatres and museums, Ulm and Neu-Ulm offer a broad range of leisure activities: rowing, boat trips and ice-skating are very popular. In summer, lakes in the city surroundings invite for a swim and the Ulmer Zelt (Ulm tent) offers a varied entertainment programme with political cabaret, comedy, rock and jazz. The open air concerts on the Münsterplatz during the Schwörwoche have become famous for their popular live acts. The many bars and clubs tempt to extend the day into the night.