Aachen is one of the most picturesque cities in North Rhine Westphalia. This town is located in a lowland surrounded by fields, meadows, hills and literally immersed in greenery.
Aachen - one of the most picturesque cities North Rhine Westphalia. This town is located in a lowland surrounded by fields, meadows, hills and literally immersed in greenery. Aachen borders immediately with three states: the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg. For tourists, it is interesting primarily as balneological resort, as well as a place of a large concentration of historical monuments.
City `s history
Story Aachen begins with the Celtic tribes living here back in the 1st century. BC. Then the Romans and Franks came to these lands. In chronicles, the city was first mentioned in 765 A.D.Charlemagne in the eighth century founded his main residence here, and for some time the city became the capital of the Great Roman Empire. Aachen left his mark on German history, primarily as a city of coronations: here, in the main cathedral, for several centuries, German emperors received their right to the throne.
Modern Aachen combines a rich historical past and high-tech attributes of the present. It presents many of the latest medical clinics, research centers, regularly hosts cultural and music festivals that attract tens of thousands of spectators.
Aachen is one of the world equestrian centers. In June, famous competitions are held here annually - International Equestrian Festival (CHIO).
Among the main attractions of Aachen are the following:
Aachen Cathedral (Aachener Dom) - The very main cathedral of the city, in which the coronation of many emperors took place. It also houses the tomb Carla Velikogabout, in which is stored his majestic sarcophagus and marble throne. Despite the numerous reconstructions of the cathedral over the course of many centuries, its central part oktogon, erected even under Charles the Great, is still preserved. Aachen Cathedral is on the UNESCO list of sites.
AT City Hall You can also see traces of the centuries-old history of the city. Here are collected wonderful collections of paintings, frescoes and ancient treasures.
In Aachen there are several interesting museums to visit. Among them Zurmondt-Ludwig Museum (Suermondt- Ludwig-Museum), the collection of which presents an extensive collection of sculptures and paintings of the Middle Ages, late Gothic, romanticism, Baroque and classical modernism.
Museum Fortress Frankenberg built back in the 13th century. It presents numerous exhibitions on the history of the city, including models of the gardens of Charlemagne, a collection of old coins, a plan of the monastery, etc.
Couven Museum devoted to the history of bourgeois culture of the XVIII-XIX centuries. The halls of the museum are made in the styles of Rococo, early classicism, Empire, Bidemeier. Of great interest to tourists is the furniture of Aachen-Lutteher of the XVIII century, successfully combined with porcelain and earthenware products of this period.
Mostly Aachen museums are open on weekdays and weekends during the day from 10-11 to 17-19 hours, some of them receive visitors according to a certain schedule.