On todays edition of what Bob did in Germany we travelled to Ulm to climb the world’s tallest steeple and we ate some crepes.
To get to Ulm from Augsburg we used the regional train service. It was about a 45-minute ride, but it flies by when you fall asleep. Once we arrived in Ulm it was only a short walk to the church. When we were approaching the church I noticed something odd in the square in front of the church. There were a bunch of small Albert Einstein’s some of which people had arranged into his famous equation E=mc2. As it turns out Einstein was born in Ulm 140 years ago next year and the city wanted to pay homage to the most famous person born in Ulm.
After admiring the Einstein’s and maybe doing a spin move around one of them, it was time to climb the world’s tallest steeple. I was excited to climb up the steps and that excitement quickly disappeared as I entered the spiral staircase. The spiral staircase was small and as I kept going in circles upward I got dizzy. Many breaks were taken on the way up. The views on the way up were outstanding but I wasn’t going to settle for halfway up the steeple views. I had to go all the way up. I could tell I was getting close to the top because other people were trying to come down and there was not enough space for them to fit. It was a struggle. In the end it was all worth it as we were able to get some outstanding views of Ulm and the Danube river. It was yet again tight quarters at the top and you could only go one way. Tom ruined the photo but as you can see it was finally completed in 1890 with groundbreaking occurring in 1377.
After having no less than 37 panic attacks due to my fear of heights I started the descent back to the little Einsteins. The stairs back down were equally as difficult, but I eventually made it to the bottom. Once there I noticed that the ground was shaking or, so I thought. It turned out that due to the ascent and descent my legs would randomly start shaking. This was great, and it was just in time for our walking city tour.
Our city tour started in the church and like other churches I have mentioned in my blogs, this church was not touched by bombs during world war 2. This is starting to get suspicious because 80% of Ulm was destroyed due to bombing. Regardless of my suspicions, the church was built to house as many as 20,000 people. This is of course before pews when everyone stood at church.
After the church we walked toward the Danube river and we passed by the Ulm town hall. The town hall was covered in paintings and it had an astronomical clock. More things that you will never see in America. The tour ended at the Danube river which is also the border between Bavaria and Baden-Württemberg.
After the tour we went to eat lunch at Pfannkuchenhaus. Pfannkuckenhaus is a restaurant that specializes in either crepes or pancakes. I was told they are I had apfelschorle which is a carbonated apple juice and to eat I had the superpfannkuchen. This pancake was amazing, and I should’ve known I wasn’t going to be able to finish it when ordering but the super pancake was calling my name.