Anyone who prefers it really urban but still wants some comfort is also in the right place in this region: Aachen, the City of Charlemagne, is the ideal destination for a weekend trip. With its 260,000 inhabitants, the city is not exactly small and yet is has a certain tranquillity to it. The historic city centre is reserved for pedestrians and is still as winding as it was hundreds of years ago; most of the sights can be reached on foot. The city is dominated by the Cathedral, which was the first German building to be placed on the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites along with the Cathedral Treasury in 1978. Aachen is also famous for its thermal springs, which are reputed to have convinced Charlemagne to settle here.
The highlights of the Aachen events calendar include the annual World Equestrian Festival, the CHIO, and of course the Christmas market, which is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful Christmas markets in Germany. And of course the Aachen speciality, “Printe” gingerbread, is available here too. Anyone who can’t wait until Christmas can also buy the delicious biscuits all year round at the city’s Printen bakeries.