Aachen is a historically significant city, spa, and academic center in North Rhine-Westphalia, located in the “three lands corner” where Germany, Belgium, and the Netherlands meet. The city, known as Aix-la-Chapelle in French and Aken in Dutch, was a favorite residence of Charlemagne, the first Holy Roman Emperor who founded the empire in the late 8th and early 9th centuries and built the city’s impressive cathedral, where he is now buried alongside a succession of later German rulers, many of whom were also crowned in the city.
Aside from its medieval importance and a wealth of surviving relics, Aachen is also famed for its springs, which have drawn tourists since Ancient Roman times and continue to do so today, with a variety of ancient baths and hotels scattered around the city. The technical university, which has made Aachen a centre for new technology and has a sizable student population, also contributes to the city’s prosperity and reputation (over 40 000 of the total 250 000 inhabitants). Aachen is today a multi-cultural and popular tourist destination as a result of all of this.
Historically, this spa town was a renowned city, where German Kings were crowned, and a notably favorite home of Charlemagne, who is still buried in the spectacular cathedral he erected. The city is densely filled with historic sites that harken back to ancient times, such as medieval buildings, city gates, and gorgeous fountains.