Germany
Aachen

Discover Aachen, Germany’s westernmost city, where Charlemagne's legacy endures amidst hot springs, historic architecture, and a vibrant academic scene. Read more

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Aachen sits near the borders with Belgium and the Netherlands, historically known as the preferred residence of Charlemagne and the place where German kings were crowned. The city's crowning glory is the Aachen Cathedral, a UNESCO World Heritage site, blending Carolingian and Gothic architecture, with its octagonal Palatine Chapel being a must-see. Home to the RWTH Aachen University, one of Europe's leading institutions of technology, the city thrives with a youthful spirit. Visitors to Aachen will enjoy exploring its charming old town, with narrow streets leading to historic squares like the Markt. The city is also renowned for its thermal baths, originally built by the Romans, providing a haven of relaxation. With the annual CHIO (Concours Hippique International Officiel), one of the most prestigious equestrian events globally, and its famous Christmas Market, Aachen is a city of traditions that warmly embraces the modern world.
In Aachen, every cobblestone street and monument is a testament to its storied past, yet its vibrant community and innovation-driven ethos ensure the city's place in the future. Whether you're soaking in the ancient thermal springs, savoring the local Printen (gingerbread), or marveling at the imperial cathedral, Aachen is a blend of history, culture, and warm hospitality waiting to be experienced.

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What to do in Aachen

Aachen Cathedral

The first UNESCO World Heritage site in Germany, known for its Palatine Chapel and as the final resting place of Charlemagne.

Aachen Cathedral Treasury

Houses a significant collection of Christian relics, including Charlemagne’s throne and the Cross of Lothair.

Aachen Rathaus (Town Hall)

A Gothic masterpiece that stands on the site of Charlemagne's palace, adorned with statues of German rulers.

Elisenbrunnen

Famed for its neoclassical architecture, this pavilion covers the thermal springs that led to Aachen’s development as a spa town.

Couven Museum

Located in an 18th-century house, this museum offers insights into the domestic life of the city's wealthy citizens during the Baroque and Rococo periods.

Carolus Thermen

Modern thermal baths where you can indulge in the warm, healing waters that have drawn visitors since Roman times.

Ponttor

One of the two remaining city gates from Aachen's medieval fortifications, offering a glimpse into the city's past defenses.

RWTH Aachen University

One of the largest and oldest technical universities in Europe, contributing to Aachen’s reputation as a center of innovation and research.

Lousberg

A hill offering panoramic views of the city and a popular spot for leisurely walks or jogs.

Suermondt-Ludwig Museum

Home to a fine collection of medieval sculptures, European paintings, and temporary exhibitions.

What else to visit
In and around Aachen

Hasselt (54.57 km)

Hasselt, the capital of Limburg, invites visitors to experience its blend of jovial Belgian culture, verdant spaces, and spirited history, all compactly situated in a charming, walkable city.

Augustusburg and Falkenlust Palaces (58.6 km)

Embark on a regal journey at Augustusburg and Falkenlust Palaces in Brühl, where baroque grandeur meets rococo finesse in a sublime German setting.

Cologne (64.51 km)

Cologne, known as Köln in German, is one of the largest cities in Germany, known for its millennia of history, rich cultural scene and iconic cathedral that dominates the city's skyline.

Dusseldorf (70.24 km)

Nestled along the Rhine River, Düsseldorf strikes an impressive balance between pulsating cosmopolitan life and tranquil charm.

Schloss Benrath (70.35 km)

Nestled amidst pristine gardens in Düsseldorf, Schloss Benrath stands as an epitome of Rococo architecture, exuding elegance, charm, and a storied history that dates back to the 18th century.

Bonn (71.81 km)

Bonn, a vibrant city on the banks of the Rhine River, boasts a rich tapestry of history and culture. As the former capital of West Germany, it played a pivotal role in shaping modern German history and is home to a myriad of landmarks and institutions.

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