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December 2

Why Aachen is a great city

Aachen is known for Charlemagne, mechanical engineering and above all a lot of rain, according to the prejudice. That’s true, but Aachen is so much more than that, and for many people it’s the ideal city for studying.

For a student perspective on Aachen, have a look at our city tour: 

Regal education in the heart of Europe

Aachen is international, student-oriented and always open to new ideas. It is also the most western city in Germany, located on the Belgian and Dutch border. Its prestigious RWTH Aachen University, central location in Europe and agreeable size have made Aachen a magnet for international students.

Aachen Cathedral

For twelve centuries, the cathedral of Aachen has been a favourite destination for religious visitors and art lovers. Today it is considered one of the best-preserved examples of architectural heritage from the Carolingian period. In 1978, Aachen Cathedral was the first German world heritage site to be included in the UNESCO list. The people of Aachen will be celebrating the 40th anniversary of this award in 2018.

Have a look at the Aachen Cathedral 3D Virtual Tour

Sweet City

The confectionery industry is firmly anchored in Aachen: In addition to Lambertz, Zentis has been manufacturing its fruit spreads here since 1893. The largest Lindt & Sprüngli factory is also located in the border town. Did you know? The famous golden hare was born here. The “Made in Aachen” hare is now famous the world over.


… that is what the people of Aachen call an umbrella in their dialect – the “Öcher Platt”. Together with fabric goods and needles, they were the city’s top export in the past. In around 1900, the city still had 29 needle factories – and the screen manufacturer Emil Brauer produced a daily quota of 10,000 umbrellas, which were shipped all over the world in its heyday.

First elephant north of the Alps

In 801, the Indian elephant Abul Abbas of Baghdad was sent on his long journey to Aachen. He was a gift from the Caliph to Emperor Karl and he arrived at the city on July 20, 802 after crossing a total of 5,000 kilometres. Soon after, in 810, Abul Abbas died after crossing a river.

Would you like to find out more about the City of Aachen and its residents? Click here to go to the city’s official site: