» Old residence, baths and pilgrimage city
Aachen is the westernmost town of Germany, located in the border triangle near the Dutch and Belgian border. The small student town has around 250 000 inhabitants.
Under the Carolingian emperor Charlemagne, who resided here from 768 in 1165 and was eventually canonized to Aachen became an important royal residence. In 936 a king was crowned in Aachen with Otto I the first time. Now as then, since thousands of visitors come daily in the Aachen Cathedral, the coronation site of 30 German kings to be anzuschauen.1656 sanctuaries like loincloth Nativity or the throne and the insignia of the Carolingian emperor destroyed a large fire nearly 80% of all homes in the second World War II, the city was largely destroyed and then rebuilt.
Every year, the old imperial city of the Charlemagne Prize to men and women who have made an outstanding contribution to Europe.
Have received him as Churchill, Adenauer and Kohl. In addition, Aachen is very popular and well known among horsemen, each year it hosts the CHIO, an international horse show, instead. Aachen is also a well known spa and spa resort. The hot sulfur springs that the Romans used for curative. There are the hottest sulfur springs north of the Alps, the only downside is that one a nasty rotten egg smell rises in source wells close to the nose. Von Aachen bond with the water bear witness to the many fountains in the city.
» The universities
Total Aachen has four universities together with approximately 40 560 students.
The largest and best known is by far the Rheinisch-Westfälische Technische Hochschule, Aachen short, which was founded more than 130 years ago and are enrolled at only about 31 540 students. She enjoys an excellent reputation, not only in Germany. If there were a German elite university, then it would be considered by the "Business Week", RWTH Aachen. It is particularly renowned for engineering, mathematics and computer science. This in turn means that Aachen is a real men's stronghold, only a third of the students are women. In addition, there is the RWTH University of Applied Sciences.
See absolutely you should:
- the cathedral, which was the first German building by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. Around 800 built by Charles the Great, he served for a period of 600 years, 30 German kings as coronation site
- the hall from the year 1350, on the north facade, you can see the statues of all the kings crowned in Aachen
- the old fountain hall, the Elisa Fountain, the landmark of the city from 1827
- the Aachen University Hospital, a building of so-called high-tech architecture. The clinic was and still is very controversial because of its architecture ... it looks like a refinery, who is not already sick, it is at the sight
» Student Life
In the Pontstrasse a pub lined up on the other, so here is likely everyone will find something. Also in the old town you can sip a cocktail or two. Otherwise, you need yourself informed of our pubs, cafe and disco Guide. Who has too much money to spare, you can take a look into the Aachen Casino, a large stylish casino that has nothing whatsoever to do with common gambling dens. the former "New spa".
You can very well go shopping in Aachen, given the size of the city actually. Main shopping street is Adalbertstraße, here are others Kaufhof and H&M is also the area around the cathedral and town hall good for strolling. Interestingly, the Elisen gallery is directly across from Elise's Fountain.
The Aachen residential area is relatively relaxed, of course, one must also here early enough to apply for a room in a student dormitory. The private approximate monthly rent is 230 €.
» Typical Aachen
Typical of Aachen, Aachen Printe are the delicious, so to speak, the national dish of Aachen. In many bakeries can buy cheap print breakage. A reduction of 20-50% is obtained at the factory outlet of the Aachener Printe & Lambertz Chocolate Factory in Borchersstraße 18
The weather in Aachen is mostly bad, it rains quite often. There are in the city, however, a forecast of a different kind: On a building at the station there is a weather column, where you can see how the weather is. Unfortunately, no one looks through at the changing and flashing color codes and markings on ascending and descending .... At night it lights visible from afar - if one has since informed about the importance of color codes, you know what the weather will be the next day.