This week, the WordPress weekly photo challenge is Achievement. My interpretation of this week’s theme takes me back to Baden-Württemberg, to the city of Ulm.
Ulm is home to the Ulmer Münster. This building is a grand Achievement to say the least. Construction on the church began in 1377, and continued until it’s completion in 1890. For a period, it was the tallest building in the world, and to this day it remains the tallest steeple in the world. Many mistakenly refer to the Münster as a cathedral, but it was never the seat of a bishop. Although it was initially built to serve the Roman Catholic Church, as Ulm became Protestant during the reformation, so did the Münster.
One of my Achievements that day was climbing the 768 steps to top of the steeple. It was at times narrow, often steep, and enough to leave you breathless, but it is definitely worth the visit. There are signs to guide you, and many parts of the climb have a separate staircase for ascending and descending visitors – although many people do not heed the signs. The last section, was probably the most nerve-wracking for me. There is one final staircase to the last vantage point. Visitors press themselves against the sides to allow one another passage through the steep narrow stairs. The climb is worth it, the view from above is spectacular. From here, you can see much of the city below you, including the Donau (Danube) River. At that point in my journey in Germany though, the only thing I recognized from above was the IKEA located a slight distance away.