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Colors of Aachen - traditions, festivals, mentality and lifestyle

Many people call Aachen the city of students. The reason for this is in the fact that the local technical university attracts young people from different countries. There are always many people on the streets of the city – students hasten to their classes, relax in outdoor cafes and study lectures in shadowy parks. Due to such large number of visitors travelers always feel like home in Aachen. The locals are very friendly and have surely accustomed to curious visitors who ask to make a photo of them in front of beautiful buildings, or try to find the way to one of museums of the city. The number of business travelers arriving in the city is also huge, because in addition to the well-known institute in Aachen are located important engineering offices and technology centers. If you meet a large company of people in sleek business suits during your walk, do not be surprised – it’s just another delegation that has arrived at one of the local factories.
Aachen offers its guests to visit the best gastronomic facilities, each of which is distinguished by different original dishes. Oebel bakery is very popular among tourists. During the … Open
Horse remains the principal symbol of the city for many years. The reason for this is in the fast that the Aachen’s hippodrome is a regular venue for international competitions. Horse races here are held annually in late summer. The largest event here was held in 2006, when sportsmen from different parts of the world and tens of thousands of fans of equestrian sport arrived in Aachen. If you make a walk around the city, you will see most unusual monuments depicting horses. The monuments are made of stone, bronze, and even straw. The interior of many restaurants and cafes is also decorated with pictures and wall paintings depicting graceful horses.
The city has another important symbol - healing hot springs. These springs have once brought glory and fame to a humble settlement. After the discovery of hot springs Charles the Great decided to make Aachen his main residence. Today the site of the healing springs found in the early Middle Ages is the location of a large spa complex named Carolus Thermen. Copyright www.orangesmile.com
Perhaps, beautiful cathedrals and churches remain the main attractions of the city. There are 27 religious places of interest in total in Aachen. Aachener Dom Cathedral is the most notable … Open
For many years, the horse remains the main symbol of Aachen. The thing is that Aachen's racetrack has become a permanent venue for international horse competitions. Various races and tournaments traditionally take place every year at the end of the summer. One of the most spectacular and important events - is the CHIO AACHEN, an exceptional equestrian performance for fans and the treasured dream of the riders. This sports festival gathers only the elite and professional equestrians and riders from all over the world. The program includes contests, dressage, driving, and triathlon. Usual tourists and, visitors can have fun here as well, as far as Aachen tournament is not only a sporting event. In parallel, there are seminars for judges, various shows: broods and competitions.
Delft Paysage The comparatively small Aachen can boast with an amazingly rich history. Today Aachen is known as a major university center and a venue for one of Germany's brightest holidays. The Aachen Carnival will fill the historical center of the city with colorful columns of clowns, musicians, witches, and grenadiers. A cheerful whirlpool of various-caliber cultural events begins with the ceremony of selecting the "Prince of Fools" - the symbolic master of the carnival and the whole city. The peak of the holiday is the Zag street procession, in which all the local people, as well as tourists, can participate. On the central avenues of Aachen, blocked from transport, you can enjoy an incredible parade of mummers. It is accompanied by satirical platforms with huge dolls and marching brass bands.
Aachen is not distinguished by large choice of night clubs and discos. Walks through the picturesque streets of Aachen and shopping remain the main entertainment for travelers. However, in … Open
Aachen becomes very attractive for tourists during the preparation for Christmas. It is believed that Christmas fairs in this city are the most beautiful in Germany. Every year the squares and streets around the Aachen cathedral, which became the first object of UNESCO's world cultural heritage in Germany, turn into a festive paradise filled with the sounds of Christmas melodies, the scent of mulled wine and gingerbread. Everyone can enjoy a huge Christmas tree, installed in the middle of the Town Hall Square. On the fair, you will see numerous counters selling absolutely unnecessary things in everyday life, but so necessary for Christmas, and therefore so dear to the heart. By the way, the Christmas market in Aachen is well-known far outside the city and each year attracts up to 1.5 million visitors.
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City tours, excursions and tickets in Aachen and surroundings

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Map of all churches
Cathedrals and basilicas near Aachen
♥   Kaiserdom Unserer Lieben Frau, Aachen, 1.4 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Basilique abbatiale de Notre-Dame du Val-Dieu, Aubel, 22.1 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Basiliek van het Heilig Sacrament, Meerssen, 27.5 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Basiliek van Onze Lieve Vrouw ten Hemelopneming, Maastricht, 29.9 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Basiliek van de H. Servatius, Maastricht, 30.4 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Basiliek van Onze Lieve Vrouw van het Heilig Hart, Sittard, 30.5 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Sanctuaire de Notre-Dame de Banneux, Banneux, 35.6 km from the center. On the map   Photo
Map of all castles
Survived castles around Aachen
♥   Castle 'Castle Blomendal' , 6.2 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Landsfort Heerlen' , 15.7 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Hoensbroek Castle' , 21 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Valkenburg castle' , 21.7 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Jansgeleen Castle' , 27.1 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Ordensburg Vogelsang' , 31.7 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Château de Franchimont' , 32.9 km from the center. On the map   Photo

Unique landmarks in Aachen and around

Bonnefanten Museum

From the series “Famous buildings of Postmodern architecture”
Visitors to the museum will have the opportunity to see unique sculptures and paintings. Some works of art were created in the 13th century. The world's most extensive collection of works by medieval sculptor Jan van Steffeswert is kept in the museum. All the artistic masterpieces were created at the turn of the 15th-16th centuries. The collection of wooden sculptures is of particular interest. Priceless enamel and ivory jewelry are also kept in the museum. … Read further

Abteiberg Museum

From the series “Famous buildings of Postmodern architecture”
The building in which the museum is located today was designed by the famous Austrian architect Hans Hollein. The building built by him is characterized by a very complex structure. It has a large-scale underground part. As the architect notes, he sought to make the museum multidimensional and unpredictable, so that his visit turned into an exciting adventure. The museum moved to the current building in 1982. It became known all over the world for its large-scale collection of avant-garde art. … Read further

Aachen Cathedral

From the series “Top 15 Unesco Sites in Europe”
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. … Read further
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Traditions and festivals in cities around Aachen

Cityguide on traditions, mentality and lifestyle of people in Aachen. Learn the best periods to visit Aachen to discover its soul - authentic festivals, events and celebrations. We will also reveal the interesting habits, attitude towards the world and to tourists in Aachen.
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