Visit Aachen, Germany â€“ Discover Wonderful Facts of German History and Culture
Germany is a city that you probably have never heard of. It is located
on the far west side of Germany bordering both Belgium and the
Netherlands. The city usually does not make it into lists of the "Top
10 Places to Visit in Germany". If you are looking for something a
little different for your vacation to Germany, then Aachen just may be
the place for you especially if you are driving through the country.
Aachen has a population of over a quarter of a million people. A stop
in Aachen, Germany will provide you with the opportunity to visit
important sites related to Charlemagne who was crowned King of the
Franks and the Lombards in Medieval times (c. 774 AD). He was later
crowned the Emperor of the Romans (800 AD). Drop by the local tourist
board to pick up brochures that will explain all that you can see.
The King's Palace no longer exists, but the
church that Charlemagne had built in 805 AD still stands... and the
Cathedral is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. There are all kinds of
treasures to see inside.... including Charlemagne's throne. The Palace
Chapel, the octagonal chapel in the Cathedral, was part of
Charlemagne called it the Church of St. Mary, and he was entombed here.
His original tomb has been lost. Supposedly he was moved into the
Golden Shrine that is still in the Cathedral. Later there were
reliquaries made to display some of his bones, and those are kept in
In the Cathedral Treasury, around the corner from the Cathedral, you
can see the Golden Arm Reliquary.... a giant arm and hand that has
Charlemagne's arm bone in it. The Treasury is worth a visit as there
are other religious treasures to see.
Because Charlemagne was buried here, most kings of Germany or the Holy
Roman Empire were crowned here over the next several centuries.
The 14th century city hall or Rathaus lies between the market square,
the Markt, and the Cathedral. It was built on the foundations of
Charlemagne's palace and within some of its surviving walls. Kings of
Germany held their coronation banquets in the Coronation Hall of the
Try to stop on a Tuesday or Thursday morning where there is still a
fantastic market in the Market square in front of the Rathaus. The
flowers, fruits and vegetables look so artistic in these markets. The
cheeses and sausages call to you.
There are a number of hotels in the Old Town and lots of restaurants scattered around the pedestrian streets.
Road trips can take you to places that cannot be reached by large
international airports. They give you a chance to know and understand a
larger part of a country's culture and history. Germany is not just
Berlin, Hamburg, Munich and Frankfurt. A visit to Aachen will make that
When planning your vacation, be sure to verify the entry requirements for Germany
and takes some time to learn German
so you can communicate better with the locals.
Plan ahead and sign up for the most popular Germany tours
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