Yesterday we decided that today we would come to Ulm for lunch. So we did. We bought our tickets this morning at Zürich main railway station and left on the 09:16 and caught our connecting train in Memmingen around 2½ hours later.
We stopped for lunch at the Wirtshaus zur Brezel (Ulmer Gasse 8) - a short hop from both the Bahnhof and Old Town of Ulm. I took the Bayrischer Schweinsbraten for lunch which came with a Brezelknodel (a type of dumpling with bacon) and Weinsauerkraut. To drink? A Müncher Dunkle - a delicious dark beer. Service was not only polite and hospitable but delivered with the kind of efficiency one has come to expect from the Germans.
After lunch, we continued to the Ulmer Münster which is an impressive piece of German-Gothic architecture. The spire of the Cathedral, at 161 meters, is the worlds tallest spire. For 3.50Euros, you can climb the 768 steps to the top for views over Ulm and Neu-Ulm. Apparently on good days, you can see as far as the Alps.
The interior of the Münster, while clearly Gothic in style, lacks the austerity of other constructions including, interestly, Berne Münster. I say interestingly as both Matthäus Ensinger and his father Ulrich von Ensingen were involved in both Cathedrals. The vaulting, essential to the structural integrity of the building and ceiling, is elegent with white painting between the ribs and, comparativly, new paintings close to some of the points. The nave, while retaining all the essential elements of the Gothic style, gives a much greater appearance of elegance than many other Gothic structures, especially those in the High Gothic style, which tend to be more imposing and darker than the Ulmer Münster.
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Mark Sukhija is a travel and wine blogger, photographer, tourism researcher, hat-touting, white-shirt-wearing, New Zealand fantatic and eclipse chaser. Aside from at least annual visits to New Zealand, Mark has seen eclipses in South Australia (2002), Libya (2006), China (2009) and Queensland (2012). After twelve years in Switzerland, Mark moved back to London in 2012. You can follow Mark on Twitter or Facebook