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Known for its beautiful medieval buildings and bubbling thermal springs, Aachen is a thriving university city and is well worth a visit, whether you’re in Germany for business or leisure. This is the place so loved by Roman emperor Charlemagne that in 796 AD he had a cathedral built there, now a popular tourist attraction that also houses his grand gold and silver tomb. Visit Aachen for business and you’ll be rewarded: the city is home to a number of major companies, including Generali Insurance and the Ford Research Centre, alongside the RWTH University of Aachen’s cutting-edge research facilities. If you’re looking for an Aachen hotel, Leonardo Hotel Aachen is a comfortable, conveniently located base for visiting the city.
Get your bearings
There’s no better place to start a tour of Aachen than at its famed cathedral, the highlights of which include an ornately inscribed golden altarpiece and a beautiful 12th-century chandelier. Directly opposite the cathedral lies Rathaus Aachen, a grand, gothic-style city hall, built on the foundations of Charlemagne’s King’s Hall, that houses some impressive imperial regalia.
Aachen is home to more than 30 hot springs, many of which have been transformed into luxurious day spas. For an authentic Roman bathing experience, visit Carolus Thermen, which has indoor and outdoor pools as well as a sauna, a steam bath and a water grotto. The water temperature is a balmy average of 47°C and the sulfurous minerals reportedly have healing properties, making the hot springs ideal for soaking any aching muscles.
While you’re there
Sample regional specialities such as Öcher Puttes (blood sausage) at Postwagen, a charming local restaurant with traditional decor including copper plates and old-fashioned telephones hung on the walls. The city is also known for its Printen (a type of Lebkuchen biscuit, similar to gingerbread), which make a great present to take home.