Is this the coolest place to visit in the NRW? Maybe. The Aachen Cathedral was the first German site inscribed to UNESCO’s World Heritage list. It’s also one of the first three European sites to make that list, and one of the original 12 World Heritage sites. And it’s right here in the NRW.
It’s an ideal location to start a tour of the city of Aachen. Better yet, begin a journey to learn more about Charlemagne. Charlemagne is considered the “Father of Europe.” He chose Aachen as the seat of his kingdom and ruled Western Europe from the palace he had built here. The Palatine Chapel was built in the late 700s. He was eventually buried in the chapel. Coronations for German Kings were held there until the 1500s. The chapel is all that remains from the original palace complex and is currently a part of the Aachen Cathedral.
Tour the cathedral and more
Visitors can tour the cathedral individually, with an audio guide (available in various languages for adults and in German for children), or through a tour. English tours are at 14.00 every day. Please note that last minute events may limit cathedral access.
The throne used for the coronation, as well as other treasures starting from Medieval times, are housed at the Aachen Cathedral. The treasury is available for visitors. Please check the website for specific dates and times.
Photo credit: Belle NRW
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