Located in the western part of Germany, in North-Rhine Westphalia, the city of Aachen flourished economically over the years, thanks to its location in a coal-mining area.
The former capital of the Charlemagne’s Frankish empire is also known as ‘Bad Aachen’, with thousands of people enjoying the benefits of the local mineral waters every year.
Aachen’s economy is based on science, engineering and innovation. In 2009, the city was rated 8th among cities in Germany in this area. The RWTH Aachen University, one of the country’s top universities, is located in the city.
In 1372, the city of Aachen became the first coin-minting city in the world that used an Anno Domini date on a coin.
Opened in 1959, the Scotch Club was the first discotheque in Aachen, with Klaus Quirini as the first DJ.
The ‘Printen’ is a local specialty of sweet bread, which, unlike gingerbread, is sweeten with sugar. However, the original recipe is no longer used, that’s why the new ‘Printen’ has another taste.
The main attraction of the city is the Aachen Cathedral. Erected in 796 AD on Charlemagne’s orders, was the largest cathedral in northern Europe. 30 German kings and 12 queens were crowned in this cathedral between 936 until 1531. The remains of Charlemagne can be seen inside the church’s walls. Its original form is lost in the mists of history, due to several extensions and renovations, which gave the Cathedral an eclectic, rather interesting style.
Dating from 1330, the city hall is an imposing building located nearby the market and the cathedral. The city hall’s attractions are the coronation hall and the emperors’ hall, beautifully decorated with scenes from the life of Charlemagne (also known as Charles the Great) as well as the legendary king’s signature.
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