Aachen, a magnificent city in North Rhine-Westphalia, was an important location for Charles the Great. Throughout the city you can feel the influence of the emperor, both architecturally as gastronomically. For my destination challenges, I had to find 5 places in the city that breathe the influence of Charles the Great or: Charlemagne.
The Aachen Cathedral, located in the old centre of the city, is not only an architectural masterpiece. It’s also the resting place of Charles the Great. You can visit the interior of the cathedral, which is as impressive as the outside!
Across the street from the cathedral, there’s Aachen City Hall. This used to be the palace of Charles the Great and today it is the location from where Aachen is ruled. Probably the most beautiful city hall in Europa!
Here I found Centre Charlemagne, a museum that tells all about the life of Charles the Great and how important he was for the unification of Europe.
There’s also a school, Kaiser Karls Gymnasium, in the centre of the city. So he even lives on in the educational system of Aachen!
Charles the Great has also been an inspiration for gastronomical inventions in the city: I had the best “Karswurst” at Butcher Gerrards and drank the best Charlemagne gin that I bought at Weinhaus Lesmeister.
There’s a walking tour called “Route de Charlemagne”, in case you want to visit Aachen in the footsteps of Charles the Great, just like I did!
Read more about the Social Traveler in Aachen.