Aachen Sightseeing

Aachen Cathedral

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  • Aachen Cathedral, Domhof 1, +49 241 477090. Opening times of the Cathedral: Jan-Mar: Daily 7AM-6PM, Apr-Dec: Daily 7AM-7PM. Note that during mass access is restricted to attending in the services. Touristic visits are recommended for Mon-Fri after 11AM; Sat-Sun after 12:30 PM. Aachen Cathedral is one of the most famous examples of occidental architecture. Around 800, the core building of the Palace Chapel was built. During the 14th and 15th centuries, the Gothic choir the north and south chapel were added. Through the centuries, many other constructions and decorations were completed. Today, it is a unique and beautiful two-storey cathedral of classical pillars, bronze railings, golden masterpieces, glassworks, etc.
    The cathedral is the memorial and funeral place of Charlemagne (+814). During 936-1531, 30 kings and 12 queens were anointed, crowned and enthroned here. In the Middle Ages, it was one of Christendom's most important venues for pilgrimage, together with Jerusalem, Rome and Santiago de Compostela. Heiligtumsfahrt (the Aachen pilgrimage) takes place every year since 1349 (the next one will be in June 2014). In 1978 it was the first German building to be inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

  • Cathedral Treasury, Johannes-Paul-II.-Straße. Opening times of the treasure grove (Schatzkammer): Jan-Mar: M 10AM-1PM; Tu-Su 10AM-5PM. Apr-Dec: M 10AM-1PM; Tu-Su 10AM-6PM; closed on 24 and 25 Dec, 31 Dec, 01 Jan, and some days around carnival. Ecclesiastical treasures from Antique, Carolingian, Ottonian and Staufian epochs,including Cross of Lothair and the Bust of Charlemagne.

  • Rathaus, Markt, +49 241 4320. The medieval town hall. The mayor of Aachen still has his office in there.

  • RWTH Aachen University (Rheinisch-Westfälische Technische Hochschule Aachen) If you are interested in architecture, you can find all building styles from 1900 till today concentrated at the city-campus around Templergraben.

  • *Main building

  • *Kármán Auditorium

  • *Audimax

  • *Mogam

  • * Super-C The reception building of the RWTH-Aachen. Build to resemble the letter C. Nicely illuminated at night.

  • *Reiff Museum

  • *Rogowski building

  • *Department of mining

  • *Semi 90

  • *Heizkraftwerk (now lecture halls)

  • Uniklinik. The university's hospital. One striking example of post-modern architecture like the Centre Pompidou in Paris.

  • Ludwig Forum für Internationale Kunst, Jülicher Strasse 97-109, 52070 (Slightly outside the city centre, in between Stadtgarten and Europaplatz, +49 241 1807 104. Monday: Closed; Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday: 12:00 - 18:00; Thursday: 12:00 - 22:00: Saturday and Sunday: 11:00 - 18:00. While the building looks less than impressive from the outside, Ludwig Forum für Internationale Kunst houses a grand collection of contemporary art, including works by Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein and Keith Haring. Text accompanying the works is given in both German and English. Adult €5; Child €3.

  • Aachen Christmas Market. 11:00 21:00 daily. From late November until 23 December, Aachen's Christmas market takes over Katschhof, Münsterplatz and the market square. Traders offer a wide variety of gift ideas, such as cosmetics, jewellery and ceramics, and there are plenty of opportunities to eat and drink your fill - a trip here wouldn't be complete without a glass of Glühwein! If you need a break, take in a performance at the rear of the town hall (see the website for a detailed programme). The market looks particularly spectacular when lit up at night, set against the magnificent cathedral and town hall. Free entry.

  • International Newspaper Museum, Pontstraße 13, +49 241 4324910.

  • Elisa Fountain, Friedrich-Wilhelm-Platz. Built 1827, thermal waters of the spa town.

  • Couven-Museum, Hühnermarkt 17, +49 241 4324421. 18th century house and furniture.

  • Belvedere rotating water tower, Belvedereallee 5, +49 241 9188043. Park above the town.

  • Grashaus, Fischmarkt. Original town hall, completed in 1267, is one of the oldest buildings in Aachen.

  • Haus Löwenstein. 14th century building

  • Suermondt-Ludwig-Museum, Wilhelmstraße 18, +49 241 4798. German and Dutch sculpture and painting collection.

  • Ponttor. 14th century city gates.

  • Marschiertor. 13th century city gate.

  • Zollmuseum Friedrichs, Horbacher Straße 497 52072 Aachen-Horbach (Bus 44, +49 241 997-0615. 1st and 3rd Sunday 11:00 and 14:30. Museum about border crossings and the border Phone To Reserve.
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    Aachen Cathedral is one of the most famous examples of occidental architecture. Around 800, the core building of the Palace Chapel was bu...

     

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    Vaalserberg

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    The Vaalserberg is a hill with a height of 322.7 metres (1,059 ft) above NAP and the highest point in mainland Netherlands.

     

    Vaalserberg

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    Rathaus

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    The medieval town hall. The mayor of Aachen still has his office in there.

     

    Rathaus

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    The Frankenberg Castle is a castle in the Frankenberg area of Aachen-Mitte, itself a district of Aachen, Germany.

     

    Burg Frankenberg

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    Ponttor

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    14th century city gates.

     

    Ponttor

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    Ecclesiastical treasures from Antique, Carolingian, Ottonian and Staufian epochs,including Cross of Lothair and the Bust of Charlemagne.

     

    Aachen Cathedral Treasury

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    German and Dutch sculpture and painting collection.

     

    Suermondt-Ludwig-Museum

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    The Throne of Charlemagne is a throne erected in the 790s by Charlemagne, as one of the fittings of his Palatine chapel in Aachen (today'...

     

    Throne of Charlemagne

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    Kornelimünster Abbey is a Benedictine monastery in Kornelimünster, since 1972 a part of Aachen (in the district of Kornelimünster/Walheim...

     

    Kornelimünster Abbey

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    While the building looks less than impressive from the outside, Ludwig Forum für Internationale Kunst houses a grand collection of contem...

     

    Ludwig Forum für Internationale Kunst

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    St. Michael's is a church in Aachen, Germany.

     

    St. Michael's Church

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    Couven-Museum

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    18th century house and furniture.

     

    Couven-Museum

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    The Aachen Bismarck Tower is one of 173 still-standing towers and columns which were constructed in the German Empire to commemorate the ...

     

    Bismarck Tower

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    The Palatine Chapel is an early medieval chapel that is a remaining component of Charlemagne's Palace of Aachen in what is now Germany.

     

    Palatine Chapel

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    The Cross of Lothair or Lothair Cross is a crux gemmata (jewelled cross) processional cross dating from about 1000 AD, though its base da...

     

    Cross of Lothair

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    Theater Aachen

    theatre

    Theater Aachen is a theatre in Aachen, Germany. It is the principal venue in that city for operas, musical theatre, plays, and concerts.

     

    Theater Aachen

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    International Newspaper Museum

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    Grenzlandtheater Aachen is a theatre in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany.

     

    Grenzlandtheater Aachen

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    Öcher Schängche is a theatre in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany.

     

    Öcher Schängche

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    Klenkes Denkmal

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    The thermal springs are where the township of Aachen originally started.

     

    Klenkes Denkmal

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