The Ulm Minster, which has the highest church spire in the world, is a major source of pride to locals, who have turned the area around the famous church into a beautiful architectural ensemble combining old and new.
Building work on the Gothic church began in 1377 and took five centuries to complete. The entire construction was funded by the people of Ulm. Originally a Roman Catholic church, it became Protestant during the Reformation. The modern building opposite the church was designed by star architect Richard Meier. Though its design originally caused controversy, many now view the two buildings as a harmonious marriage of old and new. From the Middle Ages to the modern day, Ulm thrives on contrasts. That's also the case at the Weishaupt Kunsthalle, which houses the oldest piece of figurative art in the world as well as the work of contemporary artists.
The French government has indicated it may not stick to its savings targets for next year. Paris cited continuously low inflation in the country, which it claimed made a reorientation rather likely.
No other player in the German national team personifies a "never give up" attitude more than Bastian Schweinsteiger. The decision to make him captain seems obvious and appropriate.
This week, children across the United Kingdom return to school. Some experts are concerned that UK schools are becoming the breeding ground for Islamic extremism and want a clear focus on "British values."