Neu-Ulm — A Busy Little Town On The Mighty Danube

This amazing little treasure trove was only recently formed when W├╝rttemberg and Bavaria split at the Danube. This left Ulm on the north side and the other half of town — Neu-Ulm — on the south of the river. And it certainly grew to fill the size gap.

The town is filled to the brim with adventure and history. Maybe you could start your trip with some fun at the Atlantis Water Park. With its fast slides and outdoor pools, the family could be here most of the day.

You could then spend the afternoon wandering around the beautifully landscaped Kollmannspark Glacis-Anlagen in town, and you could stumble across one of the many live performances at the open-air amphitheater.

Spoilt for choice in Neu-Ulm, you could choose one of the many museums on offer, including the Edwin Scharff museum and the archeological museum (with local pre-history from the region). The courtyard here is nearly always showing some cultural event, so you may find yourself joining in!

Or you could trek around to Peters place on certain days to find the local market, selling everything from fresh fish to exotic fruits!

To the south of town, you can wear out your camera taking shots of the giant Kloster Wiblingen. This palatial structure is certainly something to behold, and is situated in a picturesque location on the Iller — a tributary of the Danube.

After you have explored here, you may walk back up the river into town, seeing all the buildings up in lights in the evenings. Very romantic! :-)

Around 80% of Neu-Ulm was destroyed during WWII, as were all the bridges across to Ulm. The simple stone bridge was rebuilt as before, but much was replaced with the more modern buildings and structures around town.

You can still find historical landmarks all across town, including parts of the Bundesfestung fortifications from the 1840’s. Some parts are to be found protruding into the Danube having been adapted into ornate gardens — a great place to relax after a busy few days here in Neu-Ulm.

 

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