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Colors of Ulm - traditions, festivals, mentality and lifestyle

Ulm The symbol of this beautiful city with an interesting history is a sparrow (Ulmer Spatz). Travelers will certainly pay attention to the fact that souvenir shops sell a lot of interesting trinkets featuring this fragile bird; football fans are well aware of the fact that the local football team is called ‘Ulm sparrows.’ It’s unclear why the humble bird has received such important and honorable titles; many interesting legends associate with this amazing fact.
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According to one of them, the sparrow has helped local builders during the construction of the famous Ulm Cathedral. They needed to carry logs of great height that repeatedly exceeded the height of fortification walls through city gates. Desperate builders decided to dismantle the wall, but at that moment they saw a sparrow flying over to the city.
It was carrying a twig for a nest in its beak, and the twig was parallel to the ground. Builders were delighted with such a simple and ingenious solution of the problem; they easily carried timber through the gate and decided to thank the wise bird. The small stone figure of a sparrow was mounted on the roof of the Cathedral in the Middle Ages. Copyright www.orangesmile.com
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The miniature figurine is still kept within walls of the cathedral; all comers can see it. In 1858, a new figure of sandstone was set on the roof. Local people are very sensitive to their national character and willingly tell travelers many interesting stories and legends about the sparrow. One of the favorite pastimes of city visitors is making pictures with figures of birds, which can be found in the most unexpected places.
The most interesting festive event is the Oath Week (Schwörwoche). This historic holiday recalls events of 1397, when an oath agreement was kept between imperial officials and patricians. It is celebrated in July; it includes a lot of enchanting events. The Lichterserenade light show informs about the beginning of the celebration; it is followed by a series of interesting tournaments and competitions, concerts and cultural events. Many tourists prefer visiting the city on the Christmas Eve, because Ulm transforms beyond recognition at that time. The most anticipated event of the New Year is the opening of the Christmas Fair (Ulmer Weihnachtsmarkt), which is considered one of the most beautiful in Germany.
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Map of all churches
Cathedrals and basilicas near Ulm
♥   Basilika St. Martin, Ulm-Wiblingen, 4.1 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Basilika SS. Peter und Paul, Dillingen, 42.1 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Basilika St. Vitus, Ellwangen, 63.5 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Basilika St. Martin von Tours und St. Oswald, Weingarten, 70.4 km from the center. On the map   Photo
Map of all castles
Survived castles around Ulm
♥   Castle 'Erbach Castle' , 11.5 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Dellmensingen Castle' , 12.9 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Kaltenburg Castle' , 26 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Helfenstein Castle' , 26.5 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Burgruine Eselsburg' , 26.5 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Brenz Castle' , 28.7 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Alberweiler Castle' , 31 km from the center. On the map   Photo

Unique landmarks in Ulm and around

Schloss Lichtenstein

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Among the steep and enchanting Bavarian Alps in Germany you can find the strange castle Lichtenstein. The castle lies on the summit of a steep rock, whose height is about 817 meters. The Honau hill, on whose territory the castle is located, is considered one of the most picturesque in the country. Here the inaccessible rocks alternate with the incredibly beautiful forests. At first glance, you can hardly guess how to get to the rocky summit, to the old castle. … Read further
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Traditions and festivals in cities around Ulm

Cityguide on traditions, mentality and lifestyle of people in Ulm. Learn the best periods to visit Ulm to discover its soul - authentic festivals, events and celebrations. We will also reveal the interesting habits, attitude towards the world and to tourists in Ulm.
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