Ulm is an economic centre with a variety of industries in close proximity of the Swabian Alb (about 100km from the city centre). Hence, Ulm hotels serve as a starting point to explore the city and its surroundings. The city is internationally known for Ulm Minster, the tallest Gothic church in the world and as the birthplace of Albert Einstein. Its public library owns over 480,000 print media. Further places of interest include the philharmonic orchestra and various theatres. Ulm's local public transport system relies on buses and a tram line giving easy access to most Ulm hotels.
Companies which run headquarters in Ulm include Gardena AG, Ratiopharm and Carl Walther GmbH. Furthermore, Ulm hosts major companies such as Daimler, Nokia, AEG and Intel. Ulm's university, which focuses on biomedicine, ranks as one of the best research universities in Germany. Ulm hotels cater for business travellers of every kind and are within easy reach by road (motorways A7 and A8) and rail (on the main European line (Paris-Strasbourg-Stuttgart-Munich-Vienna-Budapest). Tourists also use Ulm hotels for day trips to the Swabian Alb, for example.