Aachen sights for a day
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 posed. 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 therefore suitable for a day trip or for a rainy day. If you want to stay longer, you will find further suggestions for the here Imperial city.
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
Tel: +49 241 432-4956
Fax: +49 241 432-4989
You need this 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 comfortable pumps .
- Are suitable in summer Sandals 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.
- A 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.
Chicken market 17
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Travel guide for Aachen sights
With these travel guides you won't miss any of the Aachen sights:
- Discover Aachen - A City Guide * - We walked through Aachen with the author a few years ago and learned a lot about the city.
- Merian Aachen * - I like the Merian booklets because the articles delve deeper into individual points of view.
- CityTrip Aachen from Reise Know-How Verlag * - These travel guides are well suited for a brief overview of the sights of Aachen
- Lucky places in Aachen * - Go there and be happy
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")
(no access through the cathedral)
Tel: 0241 / 477090
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Do you like to travel to the sights of Aachen by motorhome?
- Do you want to rent a motorhome? Then you will find information and a selection in these booking options. 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 a camping tent is possible.
- Check our packing list for campersto see whether you have packed everything for your motorhome tour.
- A campsite in Aachen is the Bad Aachen motorhome parking space, Branderhofer Weg 11, 52066 Aachen. But there are other campsites near Aachen. There you can after a day trip in a Dutch Oven or on the portable grill or maybe on that Campfire after a day trip .
- Practical accessories for the mobile home you can also find here.
- Why is a folding e-bike useful when camping?
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, historic markets and hiking trails can be found in the Kornelimünster district.
Aachen Activities & Sights
What can you do in Aachen?
- A walk through the old town shows you the architecture of the city from the time of Charlemagne to today.
- Join a city tour of Aachen. You will learn a lot of interesting things about the city and its history.
- Visit one or more of the city's museums. The cathedral treasury is particularly impressive.
- Relax in the thermal baths of Aachen.
- 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 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 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 that 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. Those who like culinary things should not miss 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 well 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 ones specialties.
Excursion destinations and sights around Aachen
There is a lot to discover in and around Aachen. Here you will find excursion destinations in and around Aachen that we have visited ourselves. We also present travel tips from other travel bloggers:
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- 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 there's 22 Places.
- Cafes and restaurants in Aachen introduces Fernwe (h) ge.
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 Frankfurt the best choice. From there you can take the train or bus to Aachen. Those arriving by car can also park their car in one of the multi-storey car parks near the center.
Reserve a rental car here for a visit to the Aachen sights:
Accommodation near the Aachen sights:
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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