Aachen Tourism

Aachen is a medieval German Spa-Town located on the border triangle of Belgium, Netherlands and Germany. Once a coronation place of many German rulers, it was referred to as the ‘watering place of the kings’. The city is renowned for its towering Cathedral, which became one of the first monuments in Germany to make it to the UNESCO world heritage list. Aachen is now one of the major educational destinations of Europe with four Colleges and Universities serving about 40,000 students focusing on Science, Engineering and Information technology.

From Neolithic times, there were traces of human inhabitation in the Aachen region. After the Roman era, it as a resort spa-town. The town flourished during the middle ages when Emperor Charlemagne (Charles the Great) turned Aachen into his winter capital and began the construction of the Cathedral. The town also prospered in trade and economy, thus gaining an imperial privilege. After being devastated and losing its importance by 1656, the town was restructured majorly influenced by the Baroque Architecture. Unfortunately, the World Wars added more to its destruction, although the Cathedral remained intact. Now, the city concentrates on science and technology, health sciences and tourism.

The city of Aachen is swarmed with numerous sightseeing places positioned between the residential and commercial areas. The narrow streets are mostly cobbled with medieval buildings and 20th century Gründerzeit houses on either side. Anybody who puts Aachen on their trip planners must know that this beautiful city takes pride in balancing both its medieval and modern aspects. Take time to climb atop the Lousberg hill to have a spectacular panoramic view of whole town.

The itineraries of Aachen doesn’t just include visiting museums or other places meant for the visitors. Pay a visit to one of their science centres or learn something about the educational excellence of the city. This city is brimmed with a lot of fun-filled activities to do, because of its rich and events round the year. Their impressive Christmas Market is one such event for which a number of tourists flock to Aachen every year.

Add Aachen to your vacation planners to have memorable holiday. And during one of those laid back days of the trip, take a stroll in the alleys, find a nice cosy restaurant and munch on their local sweetbread delicacy, Aachener Printen.

Essential travel information and Aachen tips for your visit

  • The best way to clothe in Aachen is in Layers, because the weather can be so random and may fluctuate from heat to cold on a same day.
  • Know the pollution level of Aachen before you plan your visit.

    • Air Pollution 28.57 (Low)
    • Water Pollution 21.43 (Low)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 46.88 (Moderate)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 21.88 (Low)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 10.71 (Very Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 15.63 (Very Low)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 13.64 (Very Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 28.13 (Low)
  • How safe is Aachen for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Aachen.

    • Burglary and Theft 31.67 (Low)
    • Mugging and Robbery 26.67 (Low)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 21.67 (Low)
    • Corruption and Bribery 18.33 (Very Low)
    • Car Stealing 23.33 (Low)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 28.33 (Low)
    • Attacks 28.57 (Low)
    • Drug offense 35 (Low)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 88.33 (Very High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 68.33 (High)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 33.33 (Low)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 16.67 (Very Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 31.67 (Low)
  • Quality of Life Index of Aachen is 204.14 (Very High)

    • Safety Index 72.24 (High)
    • Climate Index 87.19 (Very High)
    • Pollution Index 27.87 (Low)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 22.67 (Very Low)
    • Cost of Living Index 66.71 (Moderate)
    • Health Care Index 75 (High)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 5.8 (Low)
    • Purchasing Power Index 128.34 (Very High)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Here's how much it will cost to shop in Aachen

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.11 USD
    • International Movie per seat 9.68 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 47.38 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 111.28 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 88.99 USD

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