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Ulm is famous for two things: the birthplace of Albert Einstein and its huge Gothic cathedral (münster) has the highest steeple in the world. We visited Ulm and were able to use the cathedral spire for navigation. Ulm also has the Danube (Donau) river pass through it and we were able to see that famous river for the first time.
We parked beside the water tower at Glacis park and walked along beside the fortress walls and bastians. We dropped down into the park to play at an excellent new playground shaped like a big ship and to pick up nuts with an elderly German man (see photo).
We found a parking spot on the edge of the old town and walked along bickering with each other and wishing we were eating lunch.
After briefly looking at some of the old town we stopped for lunch and took a break from family warfare, you know what I mean don’t you? Haven’t you ever travelled with your family and found that one by one the family members step out of synchronization and start to bicker? It’s enough to make me prefer to stay at home!
Anyway, we didn’t make it as far as the spectacular Gothic cathedral before racing back to our car, pausing briefly to consider the new synagogue in the old town and how brave modern Jews must be to live in Germany in the constant shadow of the Holocaust. The original synagogue was torn down during kristallnacht in November 1938. The majority of the old town was damaged by Allied bombings during WWII and only some of the buildings have been restored, hence Ulm is a vibrant mix of old and new.
On we raced to pick up our car, navigate to new Ulm (Neu Ulm) to the Marlene Dietrich cinema. We drove around and around looking for a parking spot and finally found one then raced in to buy our reasonably priced tickets to see Ice Age 5 in German. Even our children understood some of the film thanks to their 3 trips to Germany this year and their immersion in Norwegian which is intimately linked to German. It was a good way to spend the afternoon.
Today we started with a swim at the Leipheim hallbad (all 4 of us for less than the price of one in Norway) then haircuts (two for less than 2/3 the price of one in Norway, picnic lunch in the sunshine beside the castle before a long play in the sunshine at Klingel Park in our village of Günzburg. Our daughter befriended a local girl and they had a lovely time running around and doing imaginative play with acorns with minimal words. We had a delicious dinner at Restaurant Guntia.
Günzburg was founded by the Romans in 70 BCE, named Guntia. Later it became a German village and part of the kingdom of Bavaria. Günzburg was the birthplace of the monster Dr Joseph Mengele who inflicted death, suffering and inhumane experiments on so many people in Auschwitz concentration camp in Poland during WWII. But don’t hold that against Günzburg which is a charming village. We’ve enjoyed staying here for 5 days. We were fortunate to be here for the Sunday markets but also the Tuesday produce markets. The food at Restaurant Guntia and Café Kulisse is excellent and the owner from Rome is gentle and kind. Thanks Günzburg for a pleasant stay.