Ulm Cathedral is a record-breaking building yet to be matched. Its steeple is the highest in the world up to this day. Hence, it can be seen from afar, and is the city's most important landmark. It is an act of honour for sportive visitory to climb the 768 steps up the tower on foot to get to the viewing platform. From there, you get an stunning view over the surrounding area of Baden-Württemberg and Bavaria. In good weather you can see as far as to the Alps.
But the church's interior is just as impressive. Choir stalls from the 15th centuries, the high altar and the aumbry are some of the cathedral's treasures. The pulpit and the two chapels are also worth a visit.
The foundation stone of the imposing church was laid on 30th June 1377. As it was supposed to be a peoople's church, its construction was completely financed by the citizens of Ulm. Construction was stopped 166 years later for lack of money. It was not until mid-19th century that work on the cathedral was resumed, including mainly maintenance measures. First the nave itself had to be stabilised, then the two choir towers were finished. Only in 1890 was the main tower fully erected. More than 500 years after the start of construction Ulm Cathedral was finally finished.
How to get there
Ulm Cathedral is located inside Ulm's historic city centre, and only a 15 minutes' walk away from the central railway station.