Aachen is a historically important city, spa and university centre in North Rhine-Westphalia, situated at the "three lands corner" where the borders of Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands meet. Known as Aix-la-Chapelle in French and Aken in Dutch, the city has played a prominent role in early Medieval Europe, when it became the favoured residence of Charlemagne, the first Holy Roman Emperor who created the Carolingian Empire in the late 8th and early 9th century and built the city's impressive cathedral, where he is now buried along with a succession of later German rulers, many of whom were also crowned in the city.

Apart from its medieval significance and a wealth of preserved artifacts, Aachen is also known for its springs, which have been attracting visitors since the Ancient Roman times and continue to do so today, with a number of historic baths and hotels sprinkled around the city. Contributing to the city's wealth and prominence is also the technical university, which made Aachen a hub for modern technologies and provides a sizeable student population (over 40,000 of the total 250,000 inhabitants in 2020). With all this, Aachen is now a multi-cultural, popular tourist destination.

Historically this spa-town was a prominent city, the place where the German Kings were crowned, and a famously favoured residence of Charlemagne who still lies buried in the impressive cathedral he himself had built. The city is packed with historic sights that remind of those days, including medieval buildings, city gates and beautiful fountains.

Aachen Cathedral - Carolingian Octagon

Understand edit

Aachen was the preferred residence of Charlemagne, "Roman" Emperor from 800 to 814 AD and king of an empire covering much of modern-day Italy, France, Germany and the Benelux. Additional information can be found at the Route Charlemagne Aachen[dead link] website.

As Aachen is a legally recognised spa, it could call itself Bad Aachen, but refuses to do so, as it then would no longer be first in almost all alphabetical lists.

The city lies at the borders of Germany with Belgium and the Netherlands, forming the economic region called the Euregio Maas-Rhein. There are several Euregios in Europe, but regionally speaking just of "the Euregio" is understood to mean the one centred on Aachen.

Get in edit

By plane edit

Aachen shares its Maastricht-Aachen airport (MST IATA) with Maastricht. It is located some 40 km outside the city centre, in the Netherlands. Maastricht-Aachen airport is connected to only a limited number of international destinations and served by budget carriers. Transit to and from the airport via public transportation is only possible via the city of Maastricht.

The nearest major international airports are Düsseldorf (DUS IATA) and Cologne-Bonn (CGN IATA). Both airports can be reached by train (via the Düsseldorf and Cologne central stations respectively) or car in an hour. Another major airport within close proximity is Brussels (BRU IATA). It can be reached by train with a change either in Liège, Leuven/Louvain, or Brussels.

Smaller airports within reasonable distance are Weeze (NRN IATA) in Germany, Eindhoven airport (EIN IATA) in the Netherlands, and "Brussels" South Charleroi Airport (CRL IATA) in Belgium. All three airports are bases for low-cost airlines. They can be reached by car in roughly 1h30, or by lengthy train journeys with several changes. Also, Liège (Lüttich) airport ((LGG IATA in Belgium is 45min by car and has some charter flights. Finally, https://www.antwerp-airport.com/ (ANR IATA), also in Belgium, requires a 90-minute car ride. Aachen is probably unique in having 9 airports in 3 countries within 150 km.

If for some reason none of the nearby airports are feasible or affordable, the airport in Frankfurt (FRA IATA), Germany's main hub, has a direct ICE connection and offers a number of trains to Aachen with one interchange or less. For some airports the rail&fly programme the German railways offer together with several airlines might be an option. For more on that see rail air alliances.

By train edit

Aachen central station (Hauptbahnhof)

1 Aachen Hauptbahnhof is the main train station of Aachen. Aachen has four other minor train stations: Aachen Rothe Erde, Aachen Schanz, Aachen West and Aachen Eilendorf. In case of doubt, Aachen Hauptbahnhof is the most convenient station as it is served by all trains going to and through Aachen regardless of destination and it is closest to the city center.

  • Local trains. Local trains (Regionalexpress) from Siegen via Cologne and Hamm via Düsseldorf run every half hour and take around 55 minutes from Cologne, 85 to 110 minutes from Düsseldorf.
  • Regional trains from Maastricht. Trains from Maastricht serve Aachen via Heerlen, Landgraaf and Herzogenrath (1 hr, €12.80
  • Night train. Nightjet, the Austrian Railways' sleeper train, runs twice a week from Brussels via Aachen to Vienna, Munich and Innsbruck. It calls at Cologne, Bonn, Koblenz, Frankfurt airport, Würzburg and Nuremberg where the train divides: one portion runs via Linz to Vienna, the other via Munich to Innsbruck.

By bus edit

Aachen is connected by four bus operators for regional and long distance connections:

  • Arriva from Maastricht and Heerlen. Bus line 350 from Maastricht serves Aachen every 15 minutes and passes through Margraten and Vaals (1 hr). Bus line 44 runs between Heerlen and Aachen (45 min, €5.80). Both lines call at various stops in Aachen including Aachen Hauptbahnhof.
  • Flixbus. Flixbus operates several national and international bus connections. Coaches arrive at the stop at Henricistraße.
  • Sindbad. Sindbad operates international services to Poland and Ukraine.

The buses call at three different locations depending on the operator:

  • 2 Bus stop at Aachen Hauptbahnhof. Located directly besides the main train station.
  • 3 Bus station Henricistraße. Located to the north west of the city centre near local bus stop Aachen Bendplatz.
  • 4 Bus station Wilmersdorfer Straße. Located to the east of the city centre near local bus stops Aachen Hüls and Aachen Wilmersdorfer Straße.
The Münsterplatz

By car edit

Being on major routes from the Netherlands and Belgium to Germany, easily reachable via the A4 and A44.

Parking in the town centre costs around €2 per hour. There is also park and ride[dead link] available around the outskirts of the town.

If you don't have your own vehicle, car-sharing is a possibility. Car-sharing is very common in Germany, but you should of course be cautious when booking a trip nonetheless. blablacar.de and mitfahrgelegenheit.de are good resources for finding rides to Aachen, although you're less likely to be successful if you're looking to book far in advance. Payment is expected.

By hitchhiking edit

There are several conventient possibilities to hitchhike to and from Aachen. More details and recommendations are available in the Aachen article at hitchwiki.

Get around edit

The old town is best explored on foot and orientation signs can be found all around. Apart from the centre, Aachen at a whole is a fairly large city.

By bus edit

Aachen has an city bus system, operated by ASEAG, including a few night bus lines. Most buses run to the central bus station 5 Bushof near the city centre. You can get tickets from the bus driver. On arrival in Aachen, it may be worth visiting the ASEAG Customer-Centre opposite the main bus station. Here, you can pick up timetables for all bus routes run by the company and you can of course speak to an adviser as well. There are no timetables available for services run by Veolia, such as the number 50 to Maastricht, or for bus services run by Deutsche Bahn, such as the number 66 to Monschau.

By train edit

Aachen does not have a tram, U-Bahn or S-Bahn network like many other large German cities. It is still possible to travel through the city by train. The euregio-Bahn is a local line that stops at the stations Aachen West (not far from RWTH Aachen University), Aachen-Schanz, Aachen Hauptbahnhof (the most convenient for the city centre) and Aachen-Rothe Erde. Ticket machines are available at all stations.

By car edit

The city centre is mostly blocked for car traffic. A car can come in handy in the outskirts. Parking can get expensive, especially in the center of town.

By bike edit

While being hilly and not the most biker-friendly town in Germany, there are a number of bike routes and getting around on bike is increasingly popular. As in other German cities, some bike thefts have been reported so reasonable caution is adviced. Bike parking with surveillance is possible in "fahrrad station", near the central train station. You can rent a bike at the "fahrrad station", near the central train station.

By e-scooter edit

Several e-scooter rental systems such as Tier and Voi are active in Aachen in a similar fashion to other German cities.

By taxi edit

Are readily available on the streets as well as on fixed locations, e.g. near Aachen Hauptbahnhof station, Aachen Rothe Erde station and in Pontstraße. The same conditions as in the rest of Germany apply.

See edit

History edit

Aachen Cathedral
  • 1 Aachen Cathedral (Der Aachener Dom / Hohe Domkirche), Domhof 1, +49 241 4770 90. Jan-Mar: daily 07:00-18:00; Apr-Dec: daily 07:00-19:00. During mass access is restricted to attending in the services. Touristic visits are recommended for M-F after 11:00; Sa-Su after 12:30. 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 "Aachen glasshouse"), 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). Heiligtumsfahrt The Aachen pilgrimage has taken place every year since 1349. In 1978 it was the first German building to be inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. €1 for a wristband that allows taking photos (though they usually will not collect it if you're on a tour).    
    • Aachen Cathedral Tour, Dominformation Visitor Center, Johannes-Paul-II.-Str. 14:00. There's a 45-min English guided tour every day. Tickets are sold inside Dominformation (not the cathedral). €4/adult €3/concession.
Crown of Margaret of York in the cathedral's Treasury
  • 2 Cathedral Treasury (Domschatzkammer), Johannes-Paul-II.-Straße. Treasure grove (Schatzkammer) hours: Jan-Mar: M 10:00-13:00; Tu-Su 10:00-17:00. Apr-Dec: M 1000-13:00; Tu-Su 10:00-18:00; closed on 24 and 25 Dec, 31 Dec, 1 Jan, and some days around carnival. Ecclesiastical treasures from Antique, Carolingian, Ottonian and Staufian epochs,including Cross of Lothair and the Bust of Charlemagne. Public and private tours are available with reservations for additional cost. €5/adult, €4/concession, €10/family.
Aachen city hall
  • 3 Rathaus, Markt, +49 241 4320. The medieval town hall. The mayor of Aachen still has their office in there.
Ludwig Forum
  • 4 Elisa Fountain (Elisenbrunnen), Friedrich-Wilhelm-Platz. Built 1827, thermal waters of the spa town.
  • 5 Couven-Museum, Hühnermarkt 17, +49 241 4324 421. 18th-century house and furniture.
  • 6 Grashaus, Fischmarkt. Original town hall, completed in 1267, is one of the oldest buildings in Aachen.
Haus Loewenstein
  • 7 Haus Löwenstein. 14th-century building.
  • 8 Ponttor. 14th-century city gates.
  • 9 Marschiertor. 13th-century city gate.

Art edit

  • 10 Suermondt-Ludwig-Museum, Wilhelmstraße 18, +49 241 4798. German and Dutch sculpture and painting collection.
  • 11 Ludwig Forum für Internationale Kunst (Ludwig Forum for International Art), Jülicher Straße 97-109, 52070 (Slightly outside the city centre, in between Stadtgarten and Europaplatz), +49 241 1807 104, . Tu W F 12:00-18:00; Th 12:00-22:00: Sa Su 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 German and English. Adult €10; Child €6.

Architecture edit

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 with the exception of the Uniklinik requiring a short bus ride.

  • 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. The lower half of the C is underground, so the letter looks more like a super Tau т.
  • 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.

Special interests edit

Do edit

  • Lousberg. A recreational area on a hill situated just 10 minutes walking north from the city center. Offers stunning views of the city below and the landscape around.
  • Market place. Sit in the central city on a summer evening, watch students strolling by, listen to guitar players and have a beer, bought at a small Turkish or Chinese diner around.
  • Frankenberger Viertel. Walk through the Frankenberg Quarter an alternative area in the south of Aachen; have lunch or dinner in a Turkish or Arab diner.

Events edit

Some of the most popular events are listed below. The city events website and the city magazine Klenkes list other events by calendar.

  • Spring: Carnival. Experience the whole city and region becoming an outdoor and indoor party.
  • Summer: Pinkpop festival. Enormous yearly music festival in Landgraaf just across the border to Netherlands.
  • Summer: CHIO equestrian championship. Annual international horse riding championship and horse show.
  • September: September special. Annual cultural and market event in the city center.
  • November - December: Aachen Christmas Market (Aachener Weihnachtsmarkt) (Located in the city centre. Parking nearby can be an issue some days, so it may be wise to make use of the Park & Ride system organised especially for the market. See the website for more information.), +49 2 41 936 88 949, . 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.

Sports and recreation edit

  • Spa Carolus Thermen, Passstr. 79. Large and very well known spa, sauna and wellness place.
  • Hangeweiher outdoor swimming pool. 1st of May to last Sunday before 16th of September. Exercise, cool down in the bassins and relax on the meadows. €3.50.
  • Indoor swimming pools. Aachen has five public indoor swimming pools that are open throughout the entire year.

Learn edit

The Hauptgebäude (main building) of RWTH Aachen

Aachen is home to the highly regarded RWTH Aachen University, which is particularly strong in the field of mechanical engineering. While language courses during semester time are only available to students of the university, travellers may be interesting in applying for the Internationaler Sommerkurs[dead link] (international summer course) which takes place annually in September and is open to students from some partner universities. Alongside an intensive language course, participants can take advantage of the programme of cultural events offered. To apply, one must be at least 18 years old and have prior knowledge of German at level A1 (the lowest level, roughly equivalent of being able to write a post card) on the Common European Framework for Languages or above.

A range of goods for sale at the Christmas market

Buy edit

General needs edit

Kapuiziner Karree, a historic multi-use building in Aachen, with a cinema, restaurants, shops and offices

Large supermarkets, grocery stores and smaller kiosks are available throughout all of the city. German opening hours have a lessened effect in Aachen, as just across the border in the Netherlands, all shops are open in the small town of Vaals, which can be reached by bus lines 25, 33, 35 and 50.

  • Adalbertstraße. Shops and cafes in one of Aachen's pedestrian zone shopping areas.
  • Krämerstraße and Market. Small shops in a very touristic area.
  • Großkölnstraße. The second big pedestrian zone shopping area in Aachen, where you´ll find clothing and more.
  • Jakobstraße. Smaller shops and boutiques.

Sweets and baked goods edit

Aachen is famous for its characteristic local gingerbread called Printen. Characteristic bakeries can be found in many places around the city center. There are also two large factory outlets for sweets.

Aachener Printen
  • 1 Nobis Printen, Münsterplatz 3.
  • 2 Klein Printenbäckerei, Krämerstraße 12.
  • 3 Lambertz Factory shop, Ritterstraße 9. Gingerbread and biscuits.
  • 4 Lindt Factory Outlet (Lindt Werksverkauf), Süsterfeldstraße 130, 52072. M-F 09:00-18:00; Sa 09:00-16:00. Stocks a wide range of Lindt chocolate products, at low prices, which have been produced in the neighbouring factory.

Eat edit

Old post office in Aachen, now a food court and meeting place

Aachen offers many different cuisines, from traditional German food to exotic cuisines. The centre offers restaurants of all categories, prices being relatively cheap in comparison with other German cities. Students prefer the snack bars and light meals offered at Pontstraße.

Budget edit

In the city center edit

  • 1 Sultans of Kebab, Peterstraße 23. Döner Kebab, Turkish desserts.
  • 2 Curry-Palast, Komphausbadstraße 39. German cuisine
  • 3 Café & Bistro Anvers, Kockerellstraße 20.
  • 4 Damascus Gate Restaurant, Peterstraße 36-38. Syrian cuisine

Around the Ponttor edit

  • 5 Pont Grill, Pontstraße 119. Very cheap and good chicken, pizza and Turkish food.
  • 6 Polonia, Marienbongard 24. Polish bistro. Has lunch offers. Four to six Polish beers.
  • 7 Kathy‘s Frietnesse, Pontstraße 101-105. Fries with over 50 different sauces. Also hamburgers and Dutch specialities.
  • 8 Saray, Pontstraße 118. Turkish food besides döner kebab.
  • 9 White House, Pontstr. 141- 149. Cheap but still nice-looking restaurant with special lunch offers: Buffet for €5.90 or Schnitzel for €4.90.

Near the city center edit

  • 10 Jakobsimbiss, Jakobstraße 75. Chinese and Thai fast food.
  • 11 Del Negro, Jakobstraße 73. Best ice cream in town.
  • 12 Babylon, Königstraße / Karlsgraben. "The Kebab Cube" if you have only €2.20 left.

Mid-range edit

  • 13 Goldener Schwan, Markt 37 (Opposite Rathaus), +49 241 3164 9. 15th-century building where you can get local and German meals. For example Aachener Puttes a type of Blutwurst similar to English black pudding.
  • 14 Maredo, Reihstraße 10, +49 241 2140 8. Delicious Argentinian food chain based in Germany. Good food, not expensive. Open late and offer late-night specials and lunch specials.
  • 15 Estado Steakhaus, Seilgraben 39, +49 241 238 00. Great steakhouse with a salad bar and wide variety of dishes.
  • 16 Carlos I, Rennbahn 1 (next to the Cathedral), +49 241 2966 6. This Spanish restaurant offers authentic Spanish cuisine like Tapas, the perfect food for sharing, Paella, etc., at medium prices
  • San Sheng, Pontdriesch 13. Open only during weekday lunch hours. Authentic Chinese food.
  • 17 Oishii, Pontstraße 83, +49 241 9008 360. Great Japanese restaurant. Reserve your table in advance.
  • 18 Maranello, Pontstraße 23, +49 241 4636 3642. Daily 21:00-23:00. Italian pizza from a real stone oven.
  • 19 Karibik, Sandkaulstraße 5, +49 1573 5570 933. Colombian restaurant.
  • 20 Bacchus (Restaurant Bacchus), Roermonder Str. 28 (With Buslines 24, 27, 33, 44 und 47 from Aachen BusCentral station towards Pontstreet and Bendplatz. Get off at Ponttor and follow the road straight through the Ponttor and then through the underpass direction Bendplatz. On the other side of the underpass, go straight ahead. After about 50 m you will find us on the right handside. For car drivers, parking lots are available in the Rütscher Straße, in Turmstraße, on Roermonder Straße, as also around the Bendplatz which is just 350 m away.), +49 241 155545, . M-F 16:00–23:00, Sa Su 12:00–23:00. Great Greek restaurant with a wide variety of dishes. Absolutely recommendable gyros and grill dishes

Splurge edit

Rathaus by night

Drink edit

There's no need to order your drinks at the bar when in Aachen - simply take a seat and a member of staff will come over to take your order. They'll write down what you've ordered on your coaster. When you've finished your drink, someone will soon come along and ask if you'd like to order another. When you're ready to pay, hand over your coaster to a member of staff. It's expected that you leave a small tip when paying; 5-10% is expected, typically by rounding up to the nearest Euro. You should make it clear you want to leave a tip before handing the money over by saying, for example, "I'll pay €8".

A helipad in Aachen lit up at dusk

The Pontstraße begins at Markt facing the historic city hall and ends at the Ponttor, part of the medieval city walls. Pontstraße is the main student hangout and offers a large variety of restaurants and bars, from pizzerias to late night hangout spots and a cinema (Apollo). A special treat are public fiestas happening at Karneval and important football matches. Don't miss it if you have the chance! Reached by a number of bus lines from Bushof; park near University.

  • Molkerei. Pub suitable for younger crowd, near Ponttor.
  • 1 Cafe Madrid. Pub/bar better for an older crowd, posher, near Ponttor.
  • Pontgarten. Cheap cocktails and nice food.
  • Sowiso/Oceans. Typical student-inn.
  • Egmont, Pontstraße 1–3 (Right at one end of Pontstraße, close to the Rathaus), +49 241 4077 46, . M-Sa from 08:00; Su from 09:00. A delightful bar/café that occasionally hosts live music. Food can be ordered from the Lebanese restaurant next door and brought to your table without you having to get up!

Nice pubs elsewhere:

  • Guinness House, Neupforte 6, 52062 (Despite the address to the left, the entrance is actually located just around the corner on Mostardstraße. It's situated between the city centre and the Pontstraße.), +49 241 4022 11. A stereotypical Irish pub, just like you'd find in any other big city. However, it's one of the few places in Aachen that sells cider, so it's definitely worth checking out if beer isn't your thing! There's also live music (more often that not traditional Irish music) here on a regular basis.
  • 2 Kiste, Büchel 36. 8PM-late. Small pub with wooden interior that plays mostly rock and metal music. Has a discount on different drinks each day, e.g. Weizen (wheat beer) on Mondays for €2.10
  • Buddha Bar, Büchel 14 (Close to the old town square), +49 241 4012 590. Nice food, has a non-smoking area upstairs with restaurant and bar plus a cool smoking area downstairs with an impressive Buddha statue.
The Quellenhof

Sleep edit

A Deutsche Bank branch in Aachen, an example of 20th century architecture

Budget edit

Mid-range edit

  • 3 Leonardo Hotel Aachen, Krefelder Straße 221 (North of the centre between the stadium and junction 3 of the A4), +49 241 1803 0.
  • 4 Hotel Granus, Passstraße 2a, +49 241 1520 71. Check-in: 14:00, check-out: 11:00. This friendly family-run place has 12 rooms and a bit of a cosy B&B atmosphere. It's clean and conveniently located in the city centre, with fairly modern rooms and a somewhat quaint breakfast area. It gets good reviews, also suited for family stays. On weekends, the reception has limited opening hours. Doubles from €90.

Splurge edit

  • 5 Pullman Aachen Quellenhof, Monheimsallee 52, +49 241 9132 0. Spacious, comfortable rooms (although some could do with a little redecoration), a swimming pool, fitness area and excellent breakfast buffet. from €130.

Connect edit

  • Post Office, Kapuzinergraben 19, 52062 (When on Kapuzinergraben, go through the entrance to Kapuziner Karree. You'll see the Post Office on your right.). M-F 09:00-18:00; Sa 09:00-14:00. This is probably the most convenient Post Office for tourists as it's located in the city centre. The service is operated by Deutsche Post.

Stay safe edit

Aachen is one of Germany's safer cities on average, and the casual tourist does not have to worry whilst in Aachen. The city center is usually bustling with life, especially during the school year, though pickpockets can take advantage of people taking a drink.

With that said, the areas immediately surrounding the main railway station (Hauptbahnhof) and the local bus station (Bushof) attract hordes of junkies. Furthermore, a lot of neighborhoods south of the city center can come off as sketchy if you are not accustomed to post-industrial towns. Most areas are usually fine.

As a border town, there is a certain amount of drug trafficking, but unless you are directly involved with this activity, you won't be affected.

Cope edit

Religious services edit

Saint Michael, Aachen-Burtscheid

Here's an overview of Christian churches in central Aachen:

Catholic churches:

  • 15 Aachen Cathedral (Der Aachener Dom / Hohe Domkirche), Klosterplatz 2 (Domhof - 15 min from central station), +49 241 4770 9110, fax: +49 241 4770 9144, . Su 07:00, 08:00, 10:00, 11:30; M-Sa 07:00, 10:00; Sa 08:00.    
  • St. Foillan, Ursulinerstr. 1 (just behind Aachener Dom), +49 241 4703 270, . Su 10:00, 19:30; M-F 08:30, 18:30; Sa 18:30.
  • St. Marien, Aureliusstraße 23 (3 min from central station), +49 241 3072 5. Sa 18:30; Su 09:45, 11:15 (Polish), 16:00 (Pol.); Tu Th 18:30; Fr 18:15 (Pol.).
  • St. Peter, Peterskirchhof 1 (20 min from HBf; near bus depot), +49 241 4488 1. Sa 15:00 (Vietnamese); Su 11:15; M-F 12:15.
  • St. Michael, Michaelsbergstr. 6 (Burtscheid). Sa 18:15; Su 19:00; W F 18:00.

For Protestant churches in Aachen see also this website.

  • Annakirche, Annastraße 35 (15min from central station). Su 11:00.
  • Auferstehungskirche, Am Kupferofen 19-21 (south from station Aachen-Rothe Erde). Su 09:30.


Go next edit

  • Neupré - World War II Ardennes American Cemetery and Memorial, commemorates the American soldiers who died in Northern Europe during WWII
  • Henri-Chapelle - World War II Henri-Chapelle American Cemetery and Memorial. The final resting place for 7,992 American military dead lost during the drive into Germany
  • Dreiländereck- The three-country border of Germany, the Netherlands and Belgium. Just a 10 min drive out of Aachen in the general direction of Vaals (Netherlands). Walk on the soil of three different European countries in just about under a second. Free. This is also the highest point of the Netherlands. There is a watchtower you can climb. You can get there best if you take the bus to Vaals and take Veolia Transport line 149 or walk.
  • Cologne - Germany's fourth largest city, with its striking cathedral, is less than an hour away by train.
  • Zülpich is a small town dating from Roman times on the road to Bonn. It has a newly opened museum focusing on Roman baths and bathing culture. It is also a gateway to the Eifel region.
  • Maastricht in the Netherlands with its beautiful city centre is where the Maastricht Treaty of the European Union was signed in 1992
  • Monschau Nicely preserved medieval town.
  • Nationalpark Eifel The youngest nature preservation area in Germany
  • Ordensburg Vogelsang Huge Nazi-built training centre near Gemünd. Served as Belgian barracks after the war, so they're quite well preserved.
  • Hohes Venn Marshlands between Monschau and Eupen
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