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Aachen Cathedral, Germany

From series “Top 15 Unesco Sites in Europe”
Year: 8th century.

In Germany, the city of Aachen is famous because of the Imperial Cathedral, which is also known to most travelers as the Aachen Cathedral. It’s a priceless monument of architecture in the Byzantine style. The story of the cathedral construction is incredibly interesting. The temple was founded in the late 8th century on the order of Charlemagne. The best specialists from Byzantium and Rome were invited to construct the building.

Aachen Cathedral, Germany As early as 805, the cathedral was consecrated. In 814, Charlemagne was buried in the specially built palace chapel that is the oldest part of the Aachen Cathedral. The Chapel, built in the form of an octagonal dome, is 31 meters height. During more than a thousand years, the Aachen Cathedral has undergone a lot of renovations. It was constantly rebuilt. In the medieval period, its architectural appearance was complemented by a series of Gothic elements.

A lot of amazing legends relate to the cathedral. According to one of them, the money for the construction was donated by the Devil himself. In exchange, he wanted to take the soul of the first creature who will come to the finished cathedral. Local residents managed to outwit the devil. When the cathedral was completed, they let a wolf come first. A number of outstanding historical events are associated with the place. Here, 35 kings and 14 queens of the German Empire were enthroned. Today, the Aachen Cathedral is as majestic as hundreds of years ago. Once inside, it’s impossible to look away from artistic colorful stained-glass windows, marble walls and ceilings, incredible painting, and other items of decor. Next - Giants Causeway Coast

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Useful staff nearby

ATM bankomat: 'Sparkasse Aachen - Geldautomat' located in 0.06 km ( check the route on the map).
Car rental office: 'cambio CarSharing-Station Prinz' is located in 0.33 km ( on the map).
Fuel station: 'Shell Station Bernd Passenheim' in 0.86 km
Supermarket: 'Eat a Rainbow' in 0.08 km
Parking: 'Annastrasse' in 0.02 km
Apotheek: 'Dom Apotheke am Puppenbrunnen' in 0.07 km
Police station: 'Polizei Aachen' in 0.24 km
Cafe/restaurant: 'Karls Café Centre Charlemagne' in 0.03 km
Railway station: 'Aachen-Schanz' in 0.93 km

Nearest airports:
 »  Brunssum Afcent Heliport Airport EH5 - in 19 km
 »  Geilenkirchen Airport GKE - in 20 km
 »  Maastricht Airport MST - in 26 km
 »  Liege Airport LGG - in 47 km
 »  Dusseldorf-Monchengladbach Airport MGL - in 58 km
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Best hotels near Aachener Dom

Ristorante da Salvatore

Located in 0 km from Aachener Dom
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Rooms: 8
The classic rooms are spacious and feature wooden flooring. They include large windows and a satellite TV. Just downstairs, the Ristorante da … More: photo, rates and booking
A&O Aachen Hauptbahnhof

Located in 1 km from Aachener Dom
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Rooms: 118
The light-flooded rooms are spacious and feature wooden flooring and a TV. The private rooms include an en suite bathroom with shower. Shared dorm … More: photo, rates and booking
Hotel Paseo

Located in 2 km from Aachener Dom
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Rooms: 12
The bright bedrooms feature individual décor and come with a satellite TV, a telephone and a desk. Rooms either have a private bathroom with a … More: photo, rates and booking
Hotel Restaurant Bismarckturm

Located in 3 km from Aachener Dom
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Rooms: 20
Each of the rooms at Hotel Restaurant Bismarckturm includes a desk, flat-screen TV and minibar. The en suite bathroom provides a shower, and all … More: photo, rates and booking

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Dom Cologne Cathedral
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Top destination around Aachen Cathedral - Aachen

The city of Aachen offers the travelers a great choice of entertainment. If you are planning to take kids with you, so include in the plan to visit a wonderful local zoo - Tierpark Aachen. This zoo is quite small but serves as the home for numerous inhabitants. Here, in the spacious enclosures live bulls, goats, and ducks. It is not even forbidden to feed them, so better prepare in advance some bun or bread. On the territory of the zoo, there are beautiful recreation areas with benches. One of the main distinctive features of the Tierpark Aachen is a bush hung with pacifiers. Mothers bring their kids here to say goodbye to this unnecessary accessory. Zoo Tierpark Aachen - one of the most lovely and interesting holiday destinations for children and adults in Aachen.

In case you are traveling with big company or bunch of relatives, you will definitely need some cool group entertainment. In the Raus! Escape Room Aachen, you and the family or friends will perform as one team. Here you will have a lot of technical puzzles and logical riddles to solve and escape! The quest can also be exciting for children, who can entertain in the specially styled playground for kids. All you need to do is to get out of the room during the estimated time. By the way, visitors can choose the level of quest's complexity. There are also quite unusual entertainment centers in Aachen, which will appeal to both children and adults. The most original entertainment can be found in the LaserGame Center - Black LaserTag. All the entertainments here available to visitors are based on the amazing properties of the laser. Moreover, this unique entertainment center is considered one of the best in the world of its kind, so no matter what you must come here.
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