The Ulmer Schachtel

From a means of transport to a symbol of friendship

Rental exhibition with 5 displays

An Ulmer Schachtel is a keel-less riverboat whose name originated in the 1840s in the Stuttgart state parliament when a member of parliament mocked the Ulm ships as Schachteln. In Ulm, they were called Ordenare because they had been travelling to Vienna since 1712. The correct name is Wiener Zille, but in the vernacular the term “Ulmer Schachtel” has become established. The size of the Ulmer Schachtel has changed time and again. In the 17th century, they were 19 metres long, 2.75 metres wide, 1 metre high and curved at both ends. In the beginning, the Schachtel served as a transport ship for goods such as wine, playing cards, cheese and the prized Barchent. The transport of people on the Schachtel is due to the Turkish wars. In 1683, 5,000 men travelled down the Danube to protect Vienna from the Turks. After the Habsburg victory, the city became a collection point for emigrants, which began in 1712 from Upper Swabia. Throughout the 18th century, the flow of emigrants was very large and meant very good business for the boatmen.

Exhibition texts

The exhibition texts are in German.

Exhibition technology

The exhibition consists of 5 display elements measuring 90 x 220 cm. Each item is packed in its own bag. The individual display elements can be set up quickly and easily.

Loan Conditions

The insurance value of the exhibition is 5,000 euros. Associations and institutions can borrow the traveling exhibition free of charge. The exhibition can be transported with a normal car. A loan agreement is concluded for borrowing.


The exhibition was realized by the cultural advisor for Southeast Europe from the Danube Swabian Central Museum in Ulm.

Contact Person

Please inform yourself about the exhibition at (0731) 96 254 0.