Regional trains to/from Cologne running twice hourly as well as international high-speed trains from Paris and Brussels stop right at Aachen´s main train station. The station is only 15 minutes from the old city center by foot.
Aachen´s cathedral is very easy to reach by car. Parking is available at Klosterplatz, and from there it´s only a 2 minute walk.
Jan till Mar 7a.m.-6p.m. & Apr till Dec 7a.m.-7p.m.
Aachen´s magnificent cathedral- a place full of history, where more than 30 German kings were crowned and where pilgrims have flocked since the 12th century- became Germany´s first UNESCO site in 1978.
Aachen should be on any visitor´s map especially because of its impressive cathedral, which is an outstanding example of Carolingian architecture. The legacy of Charlemagne lives on within the stunning cathedral; his bones are actually buried in the oldest and most impressive section of the church called the "Pfalzkapelle."
Pilgrims have been drawn to Aachen and its cathedral ever since the 12th century, mostly because of the cult surrounding Charlemagne and because of Aachen's multitude of prized relics. The colossal brass chandelier, for example, was a gift from Emperor Friedrich Barbarossa. A glimpse of Charlemagne's white marble imperial throne is a must, but you only get it by joining one of the guided tours. The tour is absolutely fascinating and delves into the very special history of the church. English tours are available but only at 14:00.
Escape Address: Domhof 1, 52062 Aachen , Aachen, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
Wandering Aachen´s medieval streets and enjoying the Dome can easily fill a whole day - everything is easily reachable by foot. The Tourist Information center offers guided tours every 90 minutes (english language available).
If you are looking for some relaxation, go to the Carolus Therme on the edge of the Stadtpark. Oriental pools, honey rubs, wonderful massages and soothing saunas will help you forget hectic day to day life.
If the weather is beautiful, venture onto the trails of the densely forested spa garden north of the old inner city. If you are looking for a breathtaking view over the whole city, you should take the 20-minute walk up Lousberg hill where a panoramic view of the entire city unfolds beneath you.