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Aachen's magnificent cathedral highlight of German city

View of Aachen Cathedral from City Hall; from 936 to 1531, 31 Holy Roman Emperors were crowned Kings of the Germans.here in Aachen

View of Aachen Cathedral from City Hall; from 936 to 1531, 31 Holy Roman Emperors were crowned Kings of the Germans.here in Aachen

In the main entrance of the Ponttor, there is a portcullis as well as a machicolation, through which things could be dropped on invading forces

In the main entrance of the Ponttor, there is a portcullis as well as a machicolation, through which things could be dropped on invading forces

Aachen City Hall was part of Charlemagne's monumental palace complex built around 800; during Charlemagne's reign, Aachen was the most influential center of culture in Europe

Aachen City Hall was part of Charlemagne's monumental palace complex built around 800; during Charlemagne's reign, Aachen was the most influential center of culture in Europe

This character is part of the fountain called Circulation of Money built in 1976; the bronze people represented show the wide range of impacts money can have on us

This character is part of the fountain called Circulation of Money built in 1976; the bronze people represented show the wide range of impacts money can have on us

The cathedral's main altar is adorned with a golden altar piece from 1020, depicting Christ's Passion

The cathedral's main altar is adorned with a golden altar piece from 1020, depicting Christ's Passion

A wheel chandelier hangs on a long chain about four meters above seating in the cathedral, with a diameter of over four meters, which is known as the Barbarossa Chandelier (1165-1170); this artwork was a donation of Emperor Frederick Barbarossa and his wife Beatrice

A wheel chandelier hangs on a long chain about four meters above seating in the cathedral, with a diameter of over four meters, which is known as the Barbarossa Chandelier (1165-1170); this artwork was a donation of Emperor Frederick Barbarossa and his wife Beatrice

Aachen seems to be a working class city with a large middle class; it's only 50 miles southwest of Cologne but not a popular tourist destination

Aachen seems to be a working class city with a large middle class; it's only 50 miles southwest of Cologne but not a popular tourist destination

During World War II, Aachen was heavily destroyed but the cathedral's basic structure survived; the cathedral was one of the first 12 sights awarded UNESCO World Heritage status

During World War II, Aachen was heavily destroyed but the cathedral's basic structure survived; the cathedral was one of the first 12 sights awarded UNESCO World Heritage status

Aachen is packaging its tourist drive around Charlemagne; a large new center is being constructed focusing on Aachen's history as an imperial city

Aachen is packaging its tourist drive around Charlemagne; a large new center is being constructed focusing on Aachen's history as an imperial city

Haus Lowenstein, completed in 1344, sits opposite the City Hall across the Marketplatz; it is one of the few Gothic buildings to have survived the fire in 1656

Haus Lowenstein, completed in 1344, sits opposite the City Hall across the Marketplatz; it is one of the few Gothic buildings to have survived the fire in 1656

Aachen Cathedral is one of the oldest in Europe; the question of which geometric concepts and basic dimensions lie at the basis of the chapel's construction, enabling such a huge interior, is not entirely clear even today

Aachen Cathedral is one of the oldest in Europe; the question of which geometric concepts and basic dimensions lie at the basis of the chapel's construction, enabling such a huge interior, is not entirely clear even today

The cloister of the Aachen Cathedral is adjacent to the Treasury which houses one of Europe's most renowned church treasures

The cloister of the Aachen Cathedral is adjacent to the Treasury which houses one of Europe's most renowned church treasures

Since my luggage already weighs a ton (I brought my ankle weights) I'm not buying anything on my trip so I wasn't tempted to buy any lederhosen

Since my luggage already weighs a ton (I brought my ankle weights) I'm not buying anything on my trip so I wasn't tempted to buy any lederhosen

Europe has become so multi-cultural; I wonder what Hitler would think of Germany these days

Europe has become so multi-cultural; I wonder what Hitler would think of Germany these days

The Shrine of St. Mary (1239) contains the four great relics of the Aachen Cathedral; every 7 years they are taken out and put on display

The Shrine of St. Mary (1239) contains the four great relics of the Aachen Cathedral; every 7 years they are taken out and put on display

Charlemagne's Carolingian core building (800) was the first post-Classical cupola to be constructed north of the Alps; it was simply stunning!

Charlemagne's Carolingian core building (800) was the first post-Classical cupola to be constructed north of the Alps; it was simply stunning!

The Aachen city council meets here; Aachen should only be 30 minutes from Liege by train but when I visited many trains were cancelled because thieves had just stolen necessary metal from the tracks

The Aachen city council meets here; Aachen should only be 30 minutes from Liege by train but when I visited many trains were cancelled because thieves had just stolen necessary metal from the tracks

In 1949, the citizens of Aachen created an award to honor persons for outstanding contributions to the unification of Europe; President Clinton is the only American to have won the prize

In 1949, the citizens of Aachen created an award to honor persons for outstanding contributions to the unification of Europe; President Clinton is the only American to have won the prize

The Master Craftsman's Court in City Hall; super impressive old building with the best views in Aachen

The Master Craftsman's Court in City Hall; super impressive old building with the best views in Aachen

The 14th century Ponttor is one of two surviving city gates; Aachen is the westernmost city in Germany and has a population of 250,000

The 14th century Ponttor is one of two surviving city gates; Aachen is the westernmost city in Germany and has a population of 250,000

Frustratingly, the train ticket machines would not issue international tickets even though Liege and Aachen are only 32 miles apart; this resulted in customers having to stand in long, slow lines

Frustratingly, the train ticket machines would not issue international tickets even though Liege and Aachen are only 32 miles apart; this resulted in customers having to stand in long, slow lines

The Coronation Hall in the City Hall is 45 meters long and 18.5 meters wide and was completed in 1349; it was the largest secular hall in the Holy Roman Empire

The Coronation Hall in the City Hall is 45 meters long and 18.5 meters wide and was completed in 1349; it was the largest secular hall in the Holy Roman Empire

Gold mosaic ceiling of the Palace Chapel in the Cathedral; Aachen lies near Germany's borders with Belgium and the Netherlands

Gold mosaic ceiling of the Palace Chapel in the Cathedral; Aachen lies near Germany's borders with Belgium and the Netherlands

Charlemagne's remains are kept in a shrine in the apsis of the Aachen Cathedral choir

Charlemagne's remains are kept in a shrine in the apsis of the Aachen Cathedral choir

People from more than 150 countries call Aachen home; like most European cities, you can find any ethnic cuisine you might crave

People from more than 150 countries call Aachen home; like most European cities, you can find any ethnic cuisine you might crave

Like most of Europe, there were great bakeries every block or two; unlike the US, there are also plenty of book stores

Like most of Europe, there were great bakeries every block or two; unlike the US, there are also plenty of book stores

The consecration of St. Adalbert's Church took place in 1005; it was badly damaged in World War 2 but has been rebuilt

The consecration of St. Adalbert's Church took place in 1005; it was badly damaged in World War 2 but has been rebuilt

Like the US, there are many people who seem to be homeless; few businesses offer public bathrooms so the city has a nice solution for men

Like the US, there are many people who seem to be homeless; few businesses offer public bathrooms so the city has a nice solution for men

I spent more time than I wanted to at the Aachen train station; the train schedules were a wreck and I could find no bus to Liege

I spent more time than I wanted to at the Aachen train station; the train schedules were a wreck and I could find no bus to Liege

Around the cathedral octagon is a magnificent gold mosaic ceiling; the Aachen Cathedral was modeled after the Basilica of San Vitale in Ravenna, Italy which I've also visited

Around the cathedral octagon is a magnificent gold mosaic ceiling; the Aachen Cathedral was modeled after the Basilica of San Vitale in Ravenna, Italy which I've also visited

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