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Ulmer Minster
A vibrant church with the highest steeple in the world

Ulm Minster is a remarkable Gothic building with the tallest church steeple in the world. With more than 1,000 services and events, it is also an active minster. The original structure of the minster remains intact to this day.
Ulm Minster is a Protestant church built in the Gothic style. Not only does it have the tallest church steeple in the world (161.5 metres), but since 1530 it has also been able to accommodate 15,000 people, making it the largest Protestant church in the world. Since the first foundation stone was laid in 1377 until its completion in the mid 19th century, many generations have been involved in the construction of the church over the course of 500 years. Amongst them were famous master builders, such as the Parler and von Ensingen families, Matthäus Böblinger and Burkhard Engelberg.
The main tower houses thirteen bells, ten of which ring, and three are struck with a hammer. There are many interesting features in the interior of the church, including organs, sculptures, a sacrament house, fonts for holy water and baptisms, beautiful stonework and a crucifixion altar. The 15th century choir stalls by Jörg Syrlin the Elder are also highly renowned.
Visitors with a head for heights can climb the 768 steps to the top of the tower at a height of 140 metres. The breathtaking views which await are well worth the effort. About half way up, visitors can enjoy a break at the square gallery, which houses a collection of pictures of famous cathedrals. A little further up is the octagonal gallery at 102 metres. Equally fascinating are the portals of the basilica, ornately decorated with 1,400 stone carvings depicting the beginning of the world and the life of the Virgin Mary. Open daily, tours available. During services and events admission to the tower only.



A7, A8, train station