Aachen has many beautiful places attractive for tourists who come from all over the world. You can find very old churches, thermal waters, museums, and much more. Here you see some of the most important places to see in Aachen.
The cathedral – Aachener Dom
This Roman Catholic cathedral is frequently referred to as the "Imperial Cathedral". It is the oldest cathedral in northern Europe and was known as the "Royal Church of St. Mary at Aachen" during the Middle Ages. The groundbreaking took place in the year 796. For 595 years, from 936 to 1531, the Aachen chapel was the church of coronation for 30 German kings and 12 queens. Come and admire the beautiful architecture of this cathedral.
The Aachen Cathedral Treasury
This museum is one of the most important collections of church cultural artefacts in Europe. In 1978, the Aachen Cathedral Treasury, along with Aachen Cathedral, was the first monument on German soil to be entered in the List of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The Treasury contains works from Late Antique, Carolingian, Ottonian, Staufen, and Gothic times. The exhibits are displayed in premises connected to the Cathedral cloisters.
The City Hall
In the early 14th century, the townspeople of Aachen took over the ruined palace of Charlemagne. On its foundation they built the gothic town hall, which was converted into a baroque building in the 17th and 18th centuries. The town hall was seriously damaged in the two fires of 1656 and 1883. 50 statues of German rulers adorn the north facade; 31 of the kings represented were crowned in Aachen.
Inside the town hall visitors can take a look at the Coronation hall with its famous Rethel frescoes dating from the 19th century and copies of the Imperial Crown Jewels as well as the gothic and baroque furniture of the building.
Elisenbrunnen – Thermal springs
The Elisenbrunnen consists of an open foyer with a doric portico and a gazebo to both sides left and right. From two drinking fountains flow warm waters (52 ° C), which is fed via a line from Büchel the origin to the fountain. The water is rich in sulfur, so that Elissenbrunnen always present a characteristic odor of rotten eggs (hydrogen sulfide).
The Elisenbrunnen in Aachen is a classic building by the architect Johann Peter Cremer and Karl Friedrich Schinkel.
The Ludwig Forum is a museum for contemporary art. From the American pop art, the 1980s and 1990s to current trends collections, temporary exhibitions, events and museum educational activities this place conveys a vivid picture of contemporary art.
On 6000 square meter spread over three levels and a 5,000 square meter garden the contemporary works of art are exhibited. Many of them are world famous pieces and are part of art history, such as the photorealistic painting "Medici" by Franz Gertsch and the so-called "Supermarket Lady" by the American sculptor Duane Hanson. Dance theater and performance-oriented productions have marked the beginning of the Ludwig Forum as a cross-border house.
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Housed in a bourgeois mansion of the late 19th century Suermondt Ludwig Museum presents exceptional works of art from antiquity to the middle of the 20th century. The extensive collection existence is due to numerous important Aachen citizens, especially the persons who gave name to the museum, Barthold Suermondt and Irene and Peter Ludwig.
The show includes works by Lucas Cranach, Juseppe de Ribera, Jacob Jordaens, Francesco de Zurbaran, Antonis van Dyck and Rembrandt van Rijn and Karl Spitzweg, Alexej von Jawlensky, August Macke, Max Beckmann and Otto Dix.
The Museum now has one of the most important medieval sculpture collections in Germany for the period 12th to 16th century. Other highlights are the paintings of the late Gothic, Baroque, Romantic and Classical Modernism. From Cologne, southern Germany to Dutch paintings of the 15th and 16th centuries you can appreciate sculptures from these regions. Four halls of Dutch painting of the 17th century shine through works of outstanding masters. The museum also has a significant collection of prints and drawings, large stocks of stained glass, antiques and handicrafts, an art library and offers many educational activities.
In over 20 rooms can be tracked the development of bourgeois living culture in the 18th and 19th centuries. The decor of the rooms ranges from the early rococo classicism of Louis XVI and the Napoleonic Empire style to the cozy Biedermeier. A special focus is the Aachen-Liège furniture of the 18th century, which is combined with typical contemporary pottery and precious porcelain and glass to create impressive room ensembles.
With a reconstruction of the Eagle Pharmacy the Couven Museum Aachen houses cradle of sweets confectionery production. In the 1778 designed House of the traditional family of pharmacists Monheim was made chocolate in Aachen for the first time in 1857. The present name of the museum was given after the famous Aachen architect Johann Joseph Couven (1701-1763). The Couven Museum is a station of the Route Charlemagne.
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The former water tower made of reinforced concrete was built in 1956-1958 according to the plans of the former City Commissioner of City Planning and architect Dr. William K. Fischer. Since the 1970s, there is on the top floor a revolving restaurant, whose outer platform can be accessed. 56 minutes is the orbital period of segment rotation that contains the guest area and gives a wonderful view over Aachen and the tri-border area.