Aachen Tourist Attractions

Aachen (formerly known by its French name of Aix-la-Chapelle), Germany's most westerly city and historically one of Europe's most important towns, lies near the Dutch and Belgian frontiers in a forest-ringed basin in the foothills of the Eifel and the Ardennes.


The Marktplatz in Aachen contains a number of notable attractions.

Town Hall

In the Marktplatz in Aachen is the Town Hall, built about 1350 on the foundations of the Carolingian imperial stronghold (helm roofs of towers rebuilt in 1979 to a design by Dürer), with its fine Coronation Hall (frescoes on the life of Charlemagne by A. Rethel) and copies of the imperial regalia (orb, sword, crown; originals now in Vienna). To the south of the Town Hall is the Katschhof, marking the site of the Carolingian palace courtyard.
Address: Markt, D-52062 Aachen, Germany

Couven Museum

In an old burgher's house in Aachen is the Couven Museum (Aachen domestic interiors from 1740 to 1840).
Address: Hühnermarkt 17, D-52062 Aachen, Germany

Newspaper Museum

The International Newspaper Museum in Aachen contains first and most recent issues of some 100,000 titles.
Address: Pontstrasse 13, D-52062 Aachen, Germany

Aachen Cathedral

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The Cathedral consists of a central octagon built about 800 as Charlemagne's palace church and the Gothic choir, completed in 1414. Under the dome is a candelabrum presented by Frederick I Barbarossa; in the gallery is Charlemagne's marble throne; and in the choir is the golden reliquary containing his remains. The Cathedral's Treasury contains many precious things.
The windows in the cloister are excellent examples of post-war German design.
Address: Münsterplatz, D-52062 Aachen, Germany

Cathedral Treasury

The Cathedral Treasury in Aachen is one of the richest in Germany. Some of the notable attractions include the Cross of Lorraine and the Bust of Charlemagne.
Address: Münsterplatz, D-52062 Aachen, Germany

Roman Baths

Where now stands a reproduction of a Roman portico in Aachen, the remains of Roman baths and temples were brought to light in 1967-68.

Old Town Hall

The so-called "Grashaus" (1267) is Aachen's earliest town hall, which now houses the municipal archives.


The Fischmarkt in Aachen has old burghers' houses and a fountain.


In Friedrich-Wilhelmplatz in Aachen is the Elisenbrunnen, the emblem of Aachen's role as a spa, with the drinking fountain and a colonnade designed by K. F. Schinkel.

Municipal Theater

A few paces away from the Elisenbrunnen in Aachen is the Municipal Theater (Stadttheater; 1825; opera, operettas, plays).
Address: Hubertusstrasse 2-8, D-52064 Aachen, Germany

Suermondt Museum

A little south of Aachen's Kaiserplatz is the Suermondt Museum.
The museum contains German and Flemish paintings from the 18th C. and sculpture from the 12th and 16th centuries.
Address: Wilhelmstrasse 18, D-52070 Aachen, Germany

St Adalbert's Church

At the east end of the pedestrian zone in Aachen is the Kaiserplatz, with St Adalbert's Church.

Old Kurhaus

Some 500m/550yds northeast of the Elisenbrunnen, in Aachen, is the Old Kurhaus, which now houses the New Gallery and Ludwig Collection (mainly 20th C. art; special exhibitions).

Municipal Museum

In Burg Frankenberg in Aachen is the Municipal Museum.

Spa District

In the north of Aachen are the Eurogress (conference and congress center), housed in the New Kurhaus, and the Kurpark.
There are other spa facilities in the southern district of Burtscheid.

Town Gate

At the end of the Ludwigsallee in Aachen rises the frowning Ponttor with its barbican (c. 1320).

Aachen Zoo

On the south-eastern outskirts of Aachen, in the Drimborner Wäldchen landscape reserve, is Aachen's Zoo.
Aachen's Zoo is home to 1700 animals from over 250 different species.
Address: Obere Drimbornstrasse 44, D-52066 Aachen, Germany


On the Lousberg (340 m/1,116ft) in Aachen's Kurbezirk stands the Belvedere revolving tower restaurant, with fine panoramic views.


6km/4mi southeast of the Aachen town center lies the suburb of Kornelimünster, with the Stefanskirche, which dates from Carolingian times, and an old monastery (14th-15th C. church).

St Stephen's Church

Stefanskirche in Aachen dates from Carolingian times and has an old monastery (14th-15th C. church).

Ludwig Forum for International Art

Modern art pieces from around the world are displayed at the Ludwig Forum for International Art, designed in the Bauhaus style to resemble a train station.
Address: Jülicherstrasse 97-109, D-52070 Aachen, Germany
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