A tongue-twister in German goes something like "in Ulm, about Ulm and all around Ulm", but visitors don't need to go very far to have a great day in the town. Not only does the twin town on the Danube have the world's highest spire, but it can also serve up a whole range of cultural highlights, culinary treats and other activities to boot.
You want a daytrip that suits your entire family? Ulm is the place for you. A free imperial city in medieval times, Ulm's main church, the minster, is famous for having the highest spire in the world. Climb the 768 steps to reach the viewing platform 143 metres above the ground: it's well worth it for the fantastic view of the town and its surroundings. On clear days, you can even see the peaks of the distant Alps.
What's the difference between Ulm and Neu-Ulm? The border between Baden-Württemberg and Bavaria: the old town is in the former, while "new Ulm" is part of Germany's largest state. The Danube forms the border between the two states at this point, but to the northeast, the Seligweiler hotel and restaurant straddles the dividing line. Have a meal here and you get to be in both states at once!
Another spot you should see is the quarter once inhabited by fishermen and tanners. Built on the Blau brook, lovely half-timbered houses line up beside one another and are connected by winding alleys and quaint bridges.
Art lovers and adventurers can find what they're looking for when the cross the Danube to Neu-Ulm. Visitors to the Edwin Scharff Museum can expect an eye-opening display of classic modernism, while the neighbouring children's museum lets kids try out their scientific skills.
Anyone who needs a snack to keep them going should try out a local speciality, the red sausage or "rote Wurst". If you'd like something a little sweeter, swing by the Dall’Asta ice-cream parlour, which sells home-made classic, vegan, low-sugar, gluten- and lactose-free varieties and other specialities all year round. To round off your trip, take a relaxing stroll along Neu-Ulm's impressive Jahnufer promenade on the banks of the Danube.