A tour through the Upper Danube bastion of Ulm’s Fortress
The Federal Fortress of Ulm is the largest fortress complex in Europe. Part of this fortress – the Upper Danube bastion – houses the Danube Swabian Museum. On the tour pupils gain access to rooms that are normally under lock and key and hear about the history of this historic structure. They find out why there is a big hole in the ceiling by the entrance, who used to live here, and how the fortress became a museum.
There’s a little boat on the Danube
A trip through the city to see Ulm’s “box boat”
Alongside the Minster and the sparrow, the “box boat” (Ulmer Schachtel) is one of the emblems of the city of Ulm. For centuries, the Schachtel – a flat river boat –transported goods and people travelling down the river in the direction of the Black Sea. On this city tour pupils uncover various traces that tell the story of how these boats were built, as well as trade and migration on the River Danube.
From the Black Forest to the Black Sea
The Danube and the Danube countries
The Danube, Europe’s second longest river, flows through ten countries on its way from the Black Forest to the Black Sea. Following the course of the river, pupils get to know the everyday life and culture of the people living in these countries; their homes, work, food, languages, music and customs. They uncover what makes these countries special and the things that are different and similar to how they live.
Out into the big wide world
Migration and the lives of Danube Swabians
On a journey back into the past, pupils discover an array of objects that tell the story of how the Danube Swabians migrated and how they lived their lives. The pupils themselves have to find out what these objects are and what they were used for, which lets them learn about the history of the Danube Swabians in a playful and practical manner. They learn about how Danube Swabians migrated, how they worked, their customs and the clothes they wore, and pose the question: To what extent did the Danube Swabians live differently than we do today? Throughout the session there will be lots of chances to try things on and try things out.
From fibre to clothes
Danube Swabian textile production and clothing
What raw materials were used to make fabrics? How were these transformed into textiles? What designs were used? And what did Danube Swabian clothing look like? Pupils look for answers to these questions using original materials and tools. They try out spinning and weaving and use different types of textile design. They also get to find out more about Danube Swabian clothing, how it was worn and what kind of things people could recognise via clothing. What do the clothes we wear today look like in comparison?