Aachen sights for a day
We have been guests in Aachen several times, but as travel bloggers we always didn't have enough time to see all of Aachen's sights in one day. On our first visit we explored Charlemagne's city on a walk through the old town, for which we took a day. We discovered some very interesting museums that piqued our interest. Reason enough to come back again.
1 day in Aachen and on the trail of its history
We learned on our first visit that Aachen played a major role in history. We wanted to explore this story during our second stay in the city. This time we planned to see the three museums in the center of Aachen in one day. This is easy to do since they are only a few steps apart. Therefore, you hardly waste any time on the way between the museums. Our plan included:
- The cathedral treasury
- The Center Charlemagne and
- The Couven Museum
Further down in the text you will also find a suggestion for a daily routine in which we adapt the visit to these three museums to the opening times. This gives you plenty of time to take a close look at their exhibitions.
3 museums for a Aachen old town tour
Aachen in one day - which sights in Aachen do you have to see as a museum friend in the city of Charlemagne? That was the question we asked ourselves on this visit to the city Nordrhein-Westfalen put. We visited three of them on our tour of the old town. They are all located in the city center and can easily be visited in one day. The walking distances between the museums are short. This tip is suitable for a day trip or a rainy day. If you want to stay longer, you will find further suggestions below Imperial city.
Book accommodation near Aachen Cathedral here
- The Park Apartments* are two studios located near the Aachen Cathedral, the Theater Aachen and the main train station.
- From the three-star hotel Motel One Aachen* it is only eighty meters to the Theater Aachen, and the cathedral and the main train station are also not far away.
- The four star hotel Aquis Grana City Hotel* is 200 meters from Aachen Cathedral. Also practical: the hotel has an underground car park.
- In the three-starHotel Three Kings* you spend the night directly at the Aachen town hall and the cathedral. It doesn't get any closer!
- During one of our visits to Aachen we stayed at the four-starHotel INNSiDE by Mélia Aachen*. From there it is about 500 m to the town hall and 600 m to the Aachen Cathedral. But there is a great breakfast terrace with a view of Aachen in this hotel. There is also a practical garage directly at the hotel where you can park your car.
- Not the right thing? Here you will find further accommodations in Aachen*.
Aachen city center in the rain
These three Aachen sights are good for a rainy day in the city. You can spend Aachen in the rain in the museums in the city center. There you will learn a lot about the city and its history.
Aachen sights for Aachen sightseeing
The Center Charlemagne near the town hall in Aachen's old town
A museum that should not be missed when visiting the city of Aachen is the Center Charlemagne. Among other things, the exhibition is about a resident of Aachen who has shaped the city to this day: Charlemagne. This museum is located at the Katschhof. That's the name of the large square between the Aachen Cathedral and the town hall. The square was already used for festivals in the times of Charlemagne, just as it is today. In the Center Charlemagne we will also learn more about the history of the city. However, the urban region was a settlement area much earlier. Already in the 5th millennium people lived where the city is located today.
From the Romans to Emperor Charlemagne
The history of Aachen only became interesting with the Romans. These used the thermal springs. As a result, the place quickly developed into a spa. To this day, the thermal baths make the city a destination for wellness lovers. When Charlemagne finally came to the city, he decided to build his imperial palace in it. The cathedral still reminds of the times of the great emperor. All that remains of his palace are the foundation walls that are located under today's town hall. All the more you learn about the emperor and his time at the Center Charlemagne. We therefore recommend a visit to this museum to everyone who wants to get to know Aachen and its development better.
Under Napoleon and the French, the city experienced a renewed heyday. Nobles from France visited the thermal baths at that time. Even if they were not exactly popular in Aachen, they contributed to the boom in the 19th century. In our time, Emperor Karl lives again. He is considered to be the first to think of European unity. As such, he is now the namesake of one of the most prestigious prizes awarded to supporters of European unity: the Charlemagne Prize. This is awarded every year in the Aachen City Hall to people who have made a contribution to the unity of Europe.
New City Museum Aachen
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That has to be in your suitcase for a tour of the Aachen sights
- You will be walking a lot on paved roads on this day in Aachen. Therefore you need comfortable shoes for the city, I myself have wide feet and have very good experiences with these shoes * .
- If you are planning an elegant evening, then you should bring comfortable pumps .
- Are suitable in summer Sandals are good for a city tour.
- We always have one Travel Guide* and one map* for orientation. Further down in the text you will find Aachen travel guides that we recommend.
- The City backpackBeing able to accommodate everything you need for the day will certainly serve you well.
- To capture your impressions, you should use yours Camera* .
The Couven Museum - one of the Aachen sights with everyday history
The Couven Museum provides an insight into the citizens of Aachen. Where pharmacists once mixed their pastes and powders, today you can see how the middle class citizens of Aachen lived. The museum is also located in the old town. It's on the chicken market, about a five-minute walk from the Center Charlemagne.
Here I recommend visiting the Center Charlemagne first. There you will already familiarize yourself with the history of Aachen. In the Couven Museum we get an insight into what everyday life looked like in the city of Aachen from Rococo to Biedermeier. With knowledge of the history of the city of Aachen, visiting this museum is even more fun.
In memory of the pharmacist Adam Coebergh, we begin our tour of the museum in a room that looks like a pharmacy. Here once had pharmacist Coebergh in the second half of the 17. Century chocolate sold over the counter. At that time it was still reserved for the rich and wealthy. The house changed hands several times until it finally houses the Couven Museum since 1958.
We particularly like the kitchen, the ballroom and the tiled room. Its walls are completely covered with ceramic tiles from the Netherlands that tell stories. It's about children's games, shepherd scenes, ships and even sea monsters.
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Cathedral treasury at the cathedral - a must among the Aachen sights
The third museum in our list of Aachen sights is the cathedral treasury. This is a must for every history lover! In addition to relics of Charlemagne, which are kept in gold, there are also the coronation mantle of the German emperors and other utensils that were needed for the imperial coronation.
In addition, the exhibition provides an insight into the splendor of the Catholic Church. It's unbelievable what treasures lie here. There are crosses decorated with precious stones, as well as altars that are carved from wood and decorated with gold leaf. We see holy water stoups and ivory book covers alongside works of art of book art from the city's scriptoria. Margaret of York's crown is particularly splendid. We had already heard from her during our visit to Mechelen heard in Belgium.
After so much splendor, we take a break in the inner courtyard of the cathedral treasury with a view of the cathedral, which towers over the administration building. We will take a few minutes' rest here before we go looking for cafes and restaurants that have been recommended to us for Aachen. But this is another story.
Cathedral Treasury Aachen
Pope-Johannes-Paul-II-Straße ("Little Dragon Hole")
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Daily schedule for the sights of Aachen in one day
With this daily itinerary for Aachen in one day, you will be well prepared for your sightseeing of the city, rain or shine.
- 9:00 a.m. – 10.00:XNUMX a.m. Start your day in Aachen with breakfast at Café Didier at Fischmarkt 6.
- 10.00:11.00 - XNUMX:XNUMX Visit the cathedral treasury (John Paul II Street) and marvel at the works of art in the largest church treasure north of the Alps.
- 11.00:12.00 a.m. – 45:XNUMX p.m. Take a look at Aachen Cathedral on your own or join a guided tour (XNUMX min.).
- 12.00 – 13.00 p.m. Lunch break in the Hanswurst sausage kitchen near the cathedral. You can find our review in our article about the Aachen specialties.
- 13.00:14.00 p.m. – XNUMX:XNUMX p.m. Find out more about the history of Aachen at the Center Charlemagne. (Mon. closed)
- 14.00:14.15 p.m. – XNUMX:XNUMX p.m. Take advantage of the views of the Old Town Hall and the cathedral from Katschhof for photos.
- 14.15:15.15 p.m. - 18:19 p.m. Visit the Couven Museum (closed Monday) and see how Aachen's upper society lived in the XNUMXth and XNUMXth centuries
- 15.15:16.45 p.m. – XNUMX:XNUMX p.m. Walk to the doll fountain and the courtyard with the Roman portico (there you can drink coffee in one of the cafes and people watch).
- 16.45 p.m. – 18.00 p.m. Walk past the Postwagen Restaurant to the town hall and visit the town hall on your own.
- 18.00:20.00 p.m. – XNUMX:XNUMX p.m. Typical Aachen dinner Post Car Restaurant or enjoy finer cuisine Ratskeller at the city Hall.
Other Aachen sights
In addition to these three museums, there are other Aachen sights that are worth visiting. You can find a selection of them here:
Aachen City Hall
The city's historic town hall rises above Aachen's market square.
The Katschhof separates the back of the cathedral from the back of the town hall. The Center Charlemagne is also located there.
In addition to being a cathedral city, Aachen is also a city with thermal springs. Even the Romans liked coming to Aachen, as did the emperor and many prominent guests from all over the world. They all appreciated the healing powers of the Aachen thermal water. The Elisenbrunnen has stood above the Kaiserquelle since the 19th century. There you can try the medicinal water.
The Carolus thermal baths
In the Carolus Thermen there are outdoor and indoor pools where you can relax in Aachen's thermal water.
Frankenberg Castle dates back to 1261. Today there is a civic and event center there.
The Doll Fountain
The doll fountain behind the cathedral is worth seeing. What is remarkable is that the figures can be moved. They symbolize different aspects of the city of Aachen.
The courtyard is a square with pavement cafes and a Roman portico. Located behind the Couven Museum, it is a place to relax.
The Pont Quarter
Pontstraße branches off from Aachen's market square to the Pontviertel. Pubs, restaurants and cafés line the street and are popular with students from the nearby university.
The district of Kornelimünster
Museums, historical markets and hiking trails can be found in the Kornelimünster district.
Discover the hidden sights of Aachen: local tourism tips
Take a break from the ordinary and discover the hidden gems Aachen has to offer! Here you will find local attractions for visitors to explore.
Aachen is definitely a great destination for tourists looking to experience something off the beaten track. From historical monuments to spectacular natural sights, there is much to discover in this old German city. Here we present the best Aachen attractions and sights that not everyone knows.
Aachen City Hall with the Coronation Hall
Visit the town hall with its historical paintings and frescoes. No visit to Aachen is complete without a visit to the town hall! Located on the Markt, it is the epicenter of Aachen's political life as well as home to the famous Coronation Hall. This hall played an important role in the history of Aachen, from the Middle Ages to modern times. In the Middle Ages, the coronation banquets were held there. Today, the international Charlemagne Prize is awarded to deserving Europeans every year.
Aachen Bismarck Tower
Also check out the view of Aachen from the Aachen Bismarck Tower. It was erected at the beginning of the 20th century in the area of the Aachen Cemetery of Honor in the district of Aachen-Burtscheid. It was renovated from 1999 to 2005. It is therefore still a popular excursion destination for Aachen residents today and offers a beautiful view of the city.
Aachen Activities & Sights
What can you do in Aachen?
- A walk through the old town will definitely show you the architecture of the city from the time of Charlemagne to today.
- Join a city tour through Aachen, for example. You will learn a lot of interesting things about the city and its history.
- Be sure to visit one or more of the city's museums. The cathedral treasury is particularly impressive.
- Afterwards you can relax in the thermal baths of Aachen.
- Also try Aachen's specialties and let us show you how to make them.
Aachen insider tips among the Aachen sights
Experience the sunset in Aachen
You can do this best from the viewing platform on the Lousberg. On this page you can find out the date for the Sunset on the day of your visit and you can plan your day accordingly.
Wait in the Lousberg hammocks until the sun goes down
The best way to experience the sunset in Aachen, for example, is on one of the Lousberg hammocks at the viewing platform.
An unusual restaurant in Aachen is the Katzencafé, Alexanderstraße 55, 52062 Aachen.
Questions and answers about the sights of Aachen
Where is Aachen located?
Aachen is located in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia. It is about 72 kilometers to Cologne (as the crow flies). Düsseldorf is about 74 kilometers away as the crow flies.
What do you have to do in Aachen?
The squares of Aachen are definitely worth seeing. Münsterplatz am Dom is particularly beautiful in spring when the magnolias are in bloom. The market square with the Kaiser Karl fountain is worth a visit on market days and in the evening. The Elisengarten is worth seeing. Also not to be missed is the courtyard with the Roman portico and its cafés, which invite you to take a break.
What is famous in Aachen?
Of course, the cathedral comes first. The town hall and the Elisenbrunnen are also well known. If you like culinary things, you shouldn't miss out on trying Aachener Printen.
Is Aachen a beautiful city?
In any case. With its squares, the cathedral, the historic town hall, the small streets and the cafés, bars and restaurants, Aachen is a city that is definitely worth a visit.
What do you drink in Aachen?
Beer is one of the favorite drinks in Aachen. Pilsner, full beer and wheat beer are preferred.
What is there in Aachen?
These are certainly the Aachen Printen. In addition to the original herbal Printen, there are now also Printen with almonds and nuts or those covered with chocolate or icing. Aachener Printen are definitely one of the local specialties that you should try.
Popular activities in Aachen
Do you like to travel to the sights of Aachen by motorhome?
- Do you want to rent a mobile home? Then you will find information and a selection of booking options here. Rent a motorhome or a camper near you here. Or would you prefer to stay overnight in a roof tent on the car? Also the overnight stay in camping tents is possible.
- Check our packing list for campers to see whether you have packed everything for your motorhome tour.
- A campsite in Aachen is the mobile home parking space in Bad Aachen, Branderhofer Weg 11, 52066 Aachen. But there are more Campsites near Aachen. There you can after a day trip in a Dutch Oven or on the portable grill or maybe on a campfire . You can also find Dutch oven accessories here.
- Practical accessories for the mobile home you can also find here.
- Why is a folding e-bike useful when camping?
Excursion destinations and sights around Aachen
There is also a lot to discover in the city and in the vicinity of Aachen. Here you will find additional destinations in and around Aachen that we have visited ourselves. We also present travel tips from other travel bloggers:
- Aachen for connoisseurs
- What can you do in Aachen?
- Two good restaurants near the town hall in Aachen
- Aachen attractions Tour of the old town
- Pure enjoyment - travel tips for three days in Monschau in the Eifel
- Monschau - Visit a historic gem in the Eifel
- You can experience the Eifel for connoisseurs like that
- Discover more Travel Destinations for Connoisseurs in North Rhine-Westphalia
- Very nice holiday tips for Aachen 's at Finding Hummingbirds.
- Aachen tips from a local is also available at 22 places.
- Cafes and restaurants in Aachen introduces Fernwe (h) ge.
Parking at the airport
Getting to the Aachen sights by plane, train, bus or car:
Arrival by plane, bus or train*. The nearest airport is definitely Maastricht-Aachen (about 40 km away). For arrivals from all over the world, however Frankfurt the best choice. From there you take the train or bus to Aachen. If you are traveling by car, you can park your car in one of the parking garages near the center.
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Hotels, apartments and other accommodation in Aachen * You can also book via our partner booking.com under this link. However, we have in INNside at Melia * A comfortable hotel with a parking garage, from which you can easily reach the museums on foot.
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