Christmas in Ulm

Founded somewhere around 1445, Ulm’s Christmas market is a delight for the senses. Located in front of the largest church steeple in the world, Ulm features a living nativity scene.

Founded somewhere around 1445, Ulm’s Christmas market is a delight for the senses. Located in front of the largest church steeple in the world, Ulm features a living nativity scene.

This beautiful city next to the Danube river offers much for the tourist. Whether it’s half-timbered buildings in the Fisherman’s quarter, or the leaning Butcher’s tower, the ornately painted town hall, or the occasional nod to modern architecture, this city offers something for everyone.

Located on the Baden-Württemberg side of the Danube, the city is famous as Albert Einstein’s birthplace and the home of the Donauschwaben – the Swabians who would sail their boats the length of the Danube. In this manner, germanic peoples settled throughout eastern Europe. Many US cities offer Donauschwanben Clubs in honor of these scattered settlers.

Our guests get a special treat since we have several friends who call Ulm home. Though a little tight with luggage and all, some of our friends help us transport our guests from Bamberg to Ulm in the morning. Once there, they were treated to a personalized tour of the old city. Perhaps you remember Jens and Uli – they love to show everyone the best stands at the market -especially the one with the reall good Glühwein. Uli also has a favorite cookie shop she sometimes shows people – that’s always a big hit! Petra took our guests to the Gummi Bear shop in Ulm. In the afternoon, several went to Michael and Petra’s neighborhood haunt, the Zunfthaus. Swabia has a number of wonderful culinary traditions. Two of my favorites are Käsespätzle (Cheese Noodles) and Maultaschen - something like a ravioli. At the Zunfthaus the proprietor is not tied to just one brewery, so it’s nice ot be able to have a selection of the best beers of the region. For example, Jerry got to enjoy an Andechs Doppelbock – just the thing on a cold winter’s day! For more about Ulm’s Christmas Market, click here.

After the day in Ulm, the group ventured on to Füssen where they were treated to great hospitality and huge portions of Schnitzel at Hotel Ruchti. On Wednesday, it’s off to Ludwig II’s fairy tale castles!