Countdown to Christmas: A market by the towering cathedral of Ulm
Ulm's Christmas market faces the majestic Minster (or Münster), which has the world's tallest church tower at just over 160 meters tall. Ulm is also home to the world-famous Steiff teddy bear, a great holiday gift for your little ones.
Christmas market dates: Nov. 21-Dec. 22, 2016
Helpful hints: It is well over 700 steps up, but the view is spectacular from the church tower; it's open during the Christmas market from 10 a.m to 3:45 p.m.
The nearest parking garage is at the Rathaus on Neue Straße, and there's a tasty sushi restaurant, Sushi Lounge, next door.
A separate medieval holiday market takes place Dec. 2-18, 2016 at the Rathausplatz.
Beyond the market: The old Fisherman's Quarter transports visitors to the Middle Ages with narrow cobblestoned streets, foot bridges over canals and lots of leaning half-timbered houses. Look for the Schiefes Haus, a hotel named the most crooked house in the world according to the Guinness Book of World Records.
The nearby Wiblingen Monastery has one of the most beautiful libraries in the world, a stunning Rococo masterpiece with frescos, sculputures and plenty of gilded trim.
Check back tomorrow to find out which European Christmas markets will be featured next as we continue our Countdown to Christmas!
Read more about Europe's holiday season in the Stripes European Christmas Markets & Shopping Guide.