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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.

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Facts and Stats for Aachen*

  • Pollution Statistics in Aachen

    Know the pollution level of Aachen before you plan your visit.

    • Air Pollution 30.77 (Low)
    • Water Pollution 25 (Low)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 50 (Moderate)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 25 (Low)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 10.71 (Very Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 17.86 (Very Low)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 15 (Very Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 32.14 (Low)
  • Aachen: Crime and Safety

    How safe is Aachen for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Aachen.

    • Burglary and Theft 34.62 (Low)
    • Mugging and Robbery 26.92 (Low)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 23.08 (Low)
    • Corruption and Bribery 17.31 (Very Low)
    • Car Stealing 23.08 (Low)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 28.85 (Low)
    • Attacks 29.17 (Low)
    • Drug offense 30.77 (Low)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 88.46 (Very High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 71.15 (High)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 30.77 (Low)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 17.31 (Very Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 32.69 (Low)
  • Living in Aachen - Quality of Life

    Quality of Life Index of Aachen is 204.2 (Very High)

    • Safety Index 72.58 (High)
    • Climate Index 87.19 (Very High)
    • Pollution Index 30.47 (Low)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 20.67 (Very Low)
    • Cost of Living Index 67.31 (Moderate)
    • Health Care Index 69.44 (High)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 5.5 (Low)
    • Purchasing Power Index 134.87 (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.

  • Cost for Essentials in Aachen

    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 10.48 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 50.48 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 116.33 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 92.76 USD

*Stats and figures mentioned are crowd-sourced ​and subjected to change without notice.

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