Aachen for families
From the urban exploration rally to a free museum visit
No matter the weather, there’s always something for families to experience in Aachen – from the urban exploration rally to a free museum visit.
Both in sunshine and in more challenging weather, Aachen is just the ticket for families. Visitors can gain the best overview of what the city has to offer by embarking upon the Stadtrallye, an urban exploration rally. The rally starts at the Elisenbrunnen Tourist Information Centre. From there you criss-cross the city of Charlemagne and gingerbread equipped with a map. Some 25 questions must be answered along the way - most revolve around the things you can see and explore there. Urban exploration rallies are available for both children and young people and adults.
A popular destination for families in Aachen itself is the Dreiländerpunkt (Three-Country Point). Three landmarks mark the spot where Germany, the Netherlands and Belgium meet. A maze and a large playground surround the area, inviting youngsters to play. The nearby meadows provide a great spot for picnicking and the wooden Wilhelmina Tower on the Netherlands side and the Baudouin Tower in Belgium boast wonderful views. Anyone visiting the Three-Country Point can claim to have been at the highest point in the Netherlands at 322.5 metres
The Three-Country Point is also a wonderful starting point for hikes as the surrounding area is filled with a wide network of signposted hiking trails leading through the border region. A nature trail also provides the opportunity to learn more about the nature and culture of the Three-Country Region.
A special tip for families is to take a Sunday trip to the local museums. Several museums in Aachen alternate in offering free entry to families with children. Family Sunday is always held on the first Sunday of the month. Currently participating in this initiative are the Ludwig Forum, the Centre Charlemagne, the Couven Museum, the Suermondt-Ludwig Museum and the International Media Museum. In addition to free admission, guided tours and arts and crafts activities are available for the whole family.
Open round the clock all year round
Ludwig Forum + Suermondt-Ludwig Museum: 11:00 - 18:00
Others: 10:00 - 18:00 pm