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Designed by Richard Meier, the contemporary aesthetic of the concrete-and-glass Stadthaus is a dramatic contrast to the Münster. The...
The glass-fronted Kunsthalle Weishaupt unveils the private collection of Siegfried Weishaupt. The accent is on modern and pop art, with...
The 14th-century Rathaus has an ornately painted Renaissance facade and a gilded astrological clock (1520); bells count off every...
Go for coffee or a good-value lunch special; linger for the mesmerising cathedral views at this glass cube opposite.
'Ooh, it’s so big'… First-time visitors gush as they strain their neck muscles gazing up to the Münster. It is. And rather beautiful. Celebrated for its 161.5m-high steeple, the world’s tallest, this Goliath of cathedrals took a staggering 500 years to build from the first stone laid in 1377. Note the hallmarks on each stone, inscribed by cutters who were paid by the block. Those intent on cramming the Münster into one photo, filigree spire and all, should lie down on the cobbles.
Only by puffing up 768 spiral steps to the 143m-high viewing platform of the tower can you appreciate the Münster’s dizzying height. Up top there are terrific views of the Black Forest and, on cloud-free days, the Alps.
The Israelfenster , a stained-glass window above the west door, commemorates Jews killed during the Holocaust. The Gothic-style wooden pulpit canopy eliminates echoes during sermons. Biblical figures and historical characters such as Pythagoras, embellish the 15th-century oak choir stalls . The Münster’s regular organ concerts are a musical treat.
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