Top things to do in Aachen

Top Choice Cathedral in Aachen

Aachener Dom

It’s impossible to overestimate the significance of Aachen’s magnificent cathedral. The burial place of Charlemagne, it’s where more than 30 German kings were crowned and where pilgrims have flocked since the 12th c…
Top Choice Museum in Aachen

Domschatzkammer

Aachen's cathedral treasury is a veritable mother lode of gold, silver and jewels. Of particular importance are the silver-and-gold bust of Charlemagne and a 10th-century bejewelled processional cross known as the L…
Top Choice Cafe in Aachen

Café zum Mohren

This darling cafe just off the tourist trail is famous for its cakes, especially a wicked chocolate one called Krippekratz (local slang for 'devil') and sumptuous ice-cream cakes. Also a good spot for breakfast or l…
Top Choice German in Aachen

Am Knipp

Hungry grazers have stopped by this traditional inn since 1698, and you too will have a fine time enjoying hearty German cuisine served amid a flea market’s worth of knick-knacks or, if weather permits, in the big b…
Historic Building in Aachen

Rathaus

Fifty life-sized statues of German rulers, including 30 kings crowned in Aachen between 936 and 1531 AD, adorn the facade of Aachen's splendid Gothic town hall. Inside, the undisputed highlight is the vaulted corona…
Museum in Aachen

Centre Charlemagne

A modern triangular building in the midst of where the great man walked, this museum looks at not only the life and times of Charlemagne but also Aachen's dramatic history. Multimedia exhibits bring key periods to l…
Cafe in Aachen

Alt-Aachener Café-Stuben

Leather-covered walls, tiled stoves and antiques forge the yesteryear feel of this rambling cafe established in 1890 (the building goes back to 1655). It's famous for its house-made Printen, which come in a dozen va…
German in Aachen

Zum Goldenen Einhorn

You won't feel the sharp end of the namesake golden unicorn at this main square restaurant that goes one better than most of its neighbours. The schnitzels are crispier, the pork juicier, potatoes mashier… well, you…
Museum in Aachen

Ludwig Forum Aachen

In a former umbrella factory, the well-respected Ludwig Forum trains the spotlight on American and European contemporary art (Warhol, Richter, Holzer, Penck, Haring) and also stages progressive changing exhibits. Am…
Mediterranean in Aachen

Magellan

This restaurant-bar comes with a lovely hidden garden right near the centre of town. There's even a little stream running past garden tables where you can enjoy refreshments and food with Mediterranean flair, includ…