©
Aachen Cathedral, © Bjorn Troch / The Social Traveler

In the foot­steps of Char­le­magne in Aachen

The Aachen-mis­sion: I had to find four places in Aachen re­lated to Char­le­magne. Too easy? To ac­com­plish the “Char­le­magne Mas­ter-Class“ I had to keep my eyes open for a fifth one.

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 Social Traveler in Aachen, © Bjorn Troch / The Social Traveler
  • ©
    In the city of Aachen, © Bjorn Troch / The Social Traveler
  • ©
    In the city of Aachen, © Bjorn Troch / The Social Traveler
  • ©
    Nobis Printen, © Bjorn Troch / The Social Traveler
©
Aachen Cathedral, © Bjorn Troch / The Social Traveler

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!

Aachen City Hall

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.

  • ©
    Aachener Dom Sekt, © Bjorn Troch / The Social Traveler
  • ©
    Aachen Gin at Weinhaus Lestmeister, © Bjorn Troch / The Social Traveler
  • ©
    Nobis Printen, © Bjorn Troch / The Social Traveler
  • ©
    Karlswurst at Fleischerei Gerrards, © Bjorn Troch / The Social Traveler

I stayed at Ibis styles hotel in Aachen

More in­form­a­tion


Discover it now!

Look­ing for more ad­ven­tures with The So­cial Trav­el­er in NRW?

The Social Traveler in the amphitheatre in Xanten, © Bjorn Troch / The Social Traveler
©

Ro­man set­tle­ment by the Rhine

Rose in front of Sportschloss Velen, © Bjorn Troch / The Social Traveler
©

Castle hunt­ing in Mün­ster­land

The Social Traveler at Tiger & Turtle in Duisburg, © Bjorn Troch / The Social Traveler
©

Art meets nature in Ruhr area

Eifel National Park, © Bjorn Troch, The Social Traveler
©

Ranger hike in Na­tion­al Park Eifel

Die Herde der Wisent-Wildnis, © Wisent Welt Wittgenstein
©

European Bisons at Wis­ent Wil­der­ness

Drachenburg Castle, © Bjorn Troch, The Social Traveler
©

Drachen­burg: Castle of Siegfried the Dragon Slay­er

Schwebebahn Wuppertal, © Bjorn Troch, The Social Traveler
©

The Schwebe­bahn in Wup­per­tal

Möhnesee Sauerland, © Bjorn Troch, The Social Traveler
©

Out­door fun in Sauer­land