By Nicholas Erni May 14th
Germany Day 10:
Today began on a weird note. Yes, we had our typical breakfast at the hotel and left around 7:35 am, but I found something in my waffle. This thing was a large piece of metal. I was disgusted to say the least and spit it out immediately. Luckily for me, I had only one bite before this, so i’m hoping I didn’t eat any by accident.
From the hotel we took a train over to the city of Ulm. This was my second train ride ever and this one felt much faster than the other. We made it to Ulm in about 45 minutes.
When we arrived in Ulm I was surprised to see cranes and development of land everywhere. For some reason I expected it to be a smaller city in a rural area of Germany. Walking around the translation to get to the main plaza of the city was diifuclt, like I said there was construction everywhere. Once we arrived in the Plaza there stood Ulm’s main attraction, the Munster. The munster is the tallest church building in the world. It was a gothic piece of work and took years to build. Part of the reason being the fact there was a 300 year break while building it. Like the other churches we have visited they are architectural master pieces. It took generations of masonries to build these spectacles. This church was no exception as it was finished in 1890, so not too long ago.
When you walked inside, the detail was not as great as the churches we had seen before in my opinion. The inside was extremely light to my suprise. The sun was shining through the stained glass windows and there was also lights on the inside to add a nice touch. The ceilings were very impressive, they were extremely high up, which made me wonder how the world people built such a building with little to no modern building technology.
After observing the church for some time, we began our climb to the top of the tower. Jeff, Justin, Frank and I were the first for to venture for the top. The church is close to 600 feet, and has 700 plus steps. This proved to be a true physical test for our group. Not sure why, but I thought it would be cool to run up as fast as possible. I came to a halt when I got to the first of 3 rest station. My asthma had caught up with me and I needed a break. Also all the stairs up and down the tower were spiral staircases, so everyone got extremely dizzy to say the least. The second of the three stretches was the hardest and most definitely the longest. I was winded once I finished this part and so was everyone in front and behind me. But after 9 minutes of climbing I had finally reached the top. Only Jeff, Justin, and Frank had finished before me, so it was a nice feeling to do well in our “race”. Funny enough, when we all got to the top it was almost too crowded in the viewing section of the tower to really move. The group was so tired practically all of us disregarded taking photos, which you would’ve thought we would do instantly. I was honestly just too tired to reach for my phone. The way down was not as tough, but it took much longer.
From the climbing of the Munster, we went to a city tour for about an hour and a half. We learned about Ulm’s history in great detail, as our guide loved to talk. We first went back in the church and got some insight on the building of it. We next went walking around to some of the older buildings in Ulm. We then went to a bridge that had a great view of the Danube. The Danube was a key piece in the rise of Ulm as a key city in Germany. Ulm was the beginning of the stretch that was available for sailors to navigate.
We then went to the town hall. The town hall had one extremely special feature, in which was it’s astronomical clock. It is one of the most famous in the world due to its complexity in how it shows time, as well as the moons.
Once the tour had wrapped up, the group went to a restaurant called Plannekuchenhaus. This was essentially a pancake house where you could get anything on them. It was definitely an interesting meal. I got a pancake with Schnitzel and salad on the top. The meat wasn’t the best to be honest, so I would give it a 6.5/10.
We then headed back to the train station and hopped on a train, nearly everyone in our group fell asleep. I think its safe to say we all have sleep deprivation from the extremely long days.
After we got back to the hotel I began to work on my presentation in which is due tomorrow and thats about it. I got Done again and now I’m writing my blog. Gotta rest up for the biggest day of the trip tomorrow, presentation day!
I would give my car of the day today to this Bentley I saw on my way from getting dinner in Marianplatz.