A city to fall in love with

The most important historical period of Aachen started with the takeover of the government by Charlemagne in 768 AD. The imperial palace, located next to the hot water springs, soon became Charlemagne’s permanent residence, and so developed into a spiritual and cultural center.  As the economic development of Aachen proceeded, the town became more and more prosperous, and this has persisted to the present day.  Charlemagne was buried in the Cathedral of Aachen in 814.  (The Cathedral is Germany’s first UNESCO World Heritage site.)   Two hundred years later he was canonized, which resulted in a flow of pilgrims wishing to visit and see Charlemagne’s tomb and the relics he gathered during his life. The relics are exhibited to the public every seven years.  The Aachen Cathedral and its treasury are considered to be the principal ecclesiastical treasury north of the Alps.  Aachen is now home to the Charlemagne Prize for politicians who advance European unity.  

Top Attractions: 

  • Aachen Cathedral 
  • Treasury of Aachen Cathedral  
  • Aachen Marketplace (Markt) 
  • Town Hall 
  • Ludwig Forum for International Art 
  • Couven-Museum 
  • Elisenbrunnen & Ancient Hot Springs 
  • Centre Charlamagne 
  • Suermondt-Ludwig museum 
  • Aachener Tierpark Euregiozoo 

Mayor: Sibylle Keupen 

Population: 249,000 

Location: It is the westernmost city in Germany, and borders Belgium and the Netherlands to the west. 

More Information: Aachen Tourist Service

Programs & Events

  • Elementary School Family Exchange Program 
  • High School Exchange Program 
  • High School Homestay Program 
  • Professional Exchanges 
  • Book Talks