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Ulmer Münster, Ulm

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Must see · Church · Architectural Building
Ulmer Münster, built in 1377, ranks as the tallest church in the world. The 161.5 m (530 ft) tall steeple is a fusion of Gothic and later styles. That's because it took a long time to complete. Climb the 768 steps to the top of the tower if you'd like to look out over Ulm, Neu-Ulm, and even the Alps. The stairs to the viewing platform are quite steep. Those with mobility issues may want to skip the climb. Everyone can enjoy the church's intricate interior architecture. The nave, sculptures, stained-glass windows, and a series of grandiose oak pews are especially impressive. For travelers who use our international travel planner, Ulm holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Ulmer Münster and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • Being in Ulm one is naturally attracted to this wonderful church (it's not a cathedral) with its spire that can be seen from miles around. On the day I visited they had closed the steeple for...  more »
  • Unbelievable architectural example. Really really astonishing to me. Situated at center of the city. River Danube the second largest river of Europe is just few minutes walk. Ulmer Münster is...  more »
  • A very impressive, although not extremely ornate Münster ( Word for Protestant cathedral I think). The daily Organ performance is enjoyable and reasonably priced ( use the tower entrance , not the gift shop) about 20 minutes before. But the real thrill here is the climb to the top! There is a ticket kiosk and turnstile. Once you begin a level, you cannot go back. ( There are three main levels to explore). The wind and view is astounding as this is likely one of the tallest structures in the region. The sheer drops to the plaza below can be unsettling..never mind the 760 plus steps to the top. It costs only 5€ per adult. The last section is a shared spiral tight and congested if busy.. allow about and hour and a half to do it all. Restrooms are out near the plaza for .50€ cent. The history here must be quite interesting, as it began as a Catholic cathedral, but ended up commissioned as a Lutheran Münster. One can only imagine the newspaper editorials on that topic!
  • Mind the stairs! Literally - there's like 700 of them and you can't really turn back once you commit. That said, it should be achievable unless you are really out of shape or have bad knees. The view is absolutely stunning though, so I would strongly recommend checking it out if you are in the area.

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