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ULM lies on the southern side of the Swabian Alb, around 95km southeast of Stuttgart and 85km east of Tübingen, but it's the city's location on the Danube that has shaped it most. In the Middle Ages it enabled Ulm to build great wealth from trading, boat building and textile manufacture. It became an imperial city in 1376 and then leader of the Swabian League of cities, which it used to throw its weight about on the European stage. Over time though, corruption, wars and epidemics whittled away at the city's greatness; then, in just thirty minutes in December 1944 its glorious Altstadt disappeared …
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