Classicism meets modernity in Ulm and not just in architecture. Ulm’s cultural scene is incredibly diverse. whether for music fans, theatre goers, art lovers, dance enthusiasts or those who like artist-run spaces, Ulm has the right cultural offering for each and every one.
Ulm is famous for its Minster with the highest church tower in the world. The Minster may soar into the sky and be the symbol of the city around the world, but a much smaller work of art is also seen as one of Ulm’s main attractions: the Lion Man figurine. The sculpture carved from mammoth ivory is several thousand years old, making it one of mankind’s oldest small works of art. The figure combines a man and a cave lion and was named a UNESCO World Heritage in 2017 with the caves in the Swabian Jura and other finds dating from the Ice Age. The unique man-animal figurine is on display in the Museum Ulm, which also hosts changing art exhibitions alongside the displays on the city’s history.
Art and culture can also be seen and experience in the Stadthaus Ulm. The classic-modern building designed by Richard Meier on Münsterplatz is a venue for events and exhibitions on current topics, offering contemporary photography, concerts with new music and contemporary dance. The programme often addresses current social issues and creates a basis for open exchange and discussion. The Stadthaus is open to all seven days a week and is free to visit.
The Theater Ulm is Germany’s oldest city theatre. It puts on over 30 productions each season, encompassing plays, musical theatre and ballet, at a range of venues within and outside the theatre itself. The annual programme is very broad, offering something for every taste.
The Haus der Stadtgeschichte - Stadtarchiv Ulm is the city’s memory and the central contact point for research into Ulm's history. In addition to archiving city traditions and making them available to anyone who is interested, researching the city’s history is also central to the work of the Stadtarchiv. Visitors can learn about Ulm’s rich history from a permanent exhibition in the Schwörhaus.
The glass pyramid of the city library rises elegantly to take its place in the city’s skyline. With around 600,000 media, the library offers novels, non-fiction, journals, audio books, games, music and films in almost all genres. The library card also allows use of the online catalogue with e-books and more.
Anyone who would like to have a go at making their own music can do so at Ulm’s Musikschule. More than 100 dedicated music teachers work tirelessly to develop the artistic talents of music-loving children, young people and adults. Whether on piano, clarinet or singing: from parent and child courses for the youngest to so-called preparatory courses, the Musikschule offers a rich variety.
Ulm’s Kulturabteilung (Dept.
of Culture) sees itself as a service provider and link between the city
government, cultural bodies and the culturally minded public. The department
mediates and presents, acting as a hub for the local cultural scene, organising
special cultural events, designing general marketing campaigns and supporting
cultural development processes.
The Kulturnacht Ulm/Neu-Ulm (Night of Culture) is the right place for anyone wanting to go on a journey of discovery and experience cultural diversity. The Kulturnacht takes place every year on the third Saturday in September and has become a major affair and absolute highlight of the city’s calendar with around 500 artists, over 100 events and venues in two cities.