One day I took a day trip to Nordlingen. It was a town where I had been wanting to visit for a long time.
Nordlingen is one of the few German cities which has kept the medieval shape well. Interestingly, it is located in the middle of a giant impact crater called the Noerdlinger Ries.
"A well-preserved medieval town in a crater", it sounded kind of exciting!
I changed trains once and it took two hours by train from Ulm to Nordlingen train station.
Nordlingen train station isn't a major station and it is very small. The ticket counter is closed on Saturday and Sunday and you need to buy your ticket with a ticket machine. So I highly recommend you be sure to learn how to use a ticket machine in advance!
As you can see, the old town of the Nordlingen is surrounded by a high wall with five gates. The train station is only a short walk from the town wall.
Following the signs saying "Centrum(center)" will take you to one of the town gates, "Deininger Tor".
From a distance you will see a tall tower in the middle of the town Noerdlingen. The tower is called "Daniel" and it is the most striking feature of this mediaval town.
"Daniel" is a part of the St. Georg's Church and the church stands right at the heart of the walled town. The first stop I would recommend is the tourist information close to the church. You can get a free useful city map.