Aachen Journals

Finding Charlemagne in Aachen

A January 2001 trip to Aachen by zabelle

Aachen Cathedral, Treasury, Charlemagnes Burial Vault Photo, Aachen, Germany More Photos
Quote: Charlemagne is king here. The claim to fame of Aachen goes back to his making it his capital 1200 years ago. It is also the point where Germany meets Belgium and Holland.

Charlemagne's City

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Overview

Statue in St Finbar's Church Photo, Aachen, Germany
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Aachen has used every part of its favorite son to attract tourists. The treasury has several body parts and the cathedral has the rest. If you're squimish about reliquaries this isn't the place to visit. The historic part of town is not quite a pedestrian area but the streets are narrow and traffic has to be oneway. As with most of the rest of Germany this is a very multicultural town but here more than anywhere else, not speaking German was a handicap. The information center did however give us a booklet that was in English and it gave us the information we needed to find everything. It was a cold rainy day when we were here and we stopped at a wonderful little Turkish tea shop and had pastries. The ...Read More

All Seasons Hotel Aachen City

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Hotel | "Pannonia Hotel Aachen"

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This is a very modern hotel, not big on charm but with all the ammenities. The beds had good firm mattresses, and there was a shower and a tub. Good reading lights and large windows. The people at the desk were very helpful in getting us settled and giving us directions. They have an indoor parking garage that costs 12.5 DM a night but it was worth it. Breakfast was included and it was a very nice buffet, all the usual things boiled eggs, bread, cheese, meat, yogurt, coffee, tea (a very nice selection) and hot chocolate. This was a last minute choice for us , so we settled for less charm and more convience. It is located about 8 or 10 blocks from the cathedral, so for the price it's a good choice.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 30, 2001

All Seasons Hotel Aachen City
Juelicher Strasse 10-12
Aachen, Germany 52070
+49 (241) 51060

Wienerland

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Restaurant | "Wienerwald"

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The name of the restaurant makes us laugh every time we say it, however it isn't exactly what it sounds like. The specialty here is roasted chicken, a lot like Boston Chicken here at home. It is roasted in a small take out section and served in the regular restaurant which is decorated in a Turkish style. This is a good family restaurant. They have a nice salad bar and the prices are very low. Service is friendly but almost painfully slow. One waitress for the whole place. Her name was Nina and she tried to keep things going. I had Tessiner Rosti which is a potato pancake with chicken and mushroom in a sauce over the pancake. It was very good. The roasted chicken halves were well seasoned ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 30, 2001

Wienerland
2 Juelicher Strasse
Aachen, Germany
0241-508394

Aachen Cathedral, Treasury, Charlemagne's Burial Vault

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Attraction | "Treasury of Aachen Cathedral"

Aachen Cathedral, Treasury, Charlemagne's Burial Vault Photo, Aachen, Germany
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This is a wonderful little museum loaded with historic artifacts. The king of the artifacts is the golden head of Charlemagne which holds his cranium inside it. It dates from the 1300's. The crown on his head is the crown that Charles IV wore when he was crowned King of France. This is not the only crown in this treasury, there is a wonderful little crown that belonged to Margaret of York who married Charles of Burgundy (she was the sister of Edward the IV and Richard III). It is petite and very pretty. The arm reliquary was out of its case the day we were there. The Porserpina Sarcophagus which held Charlemagne's body of 400 years after his death is one of the first things you see as you enter. Down...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 30, 2001

Aachen Cathedral, Treasury, Charlemagne's Burial Vault
Klosterplatz North Rhine-westphalia
Aachen, Germany

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Portland, Connecticut