A one-day trip to Aachen is not enough to enjoy the city’s beauty and history. Known as Aken in Dutch and Aix-la-Chapelle in French, the city easier connects three countries and their languages and cultures. The city is located next to the line bordering Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands.
We did not manage to visit Aachen before Christmas to see the famous city’s Christmas markets. We noticed that the period between Christmas and New Year’s Eve is also one of the best moments to visit the city, as it is less crowded.
We were lucky enough to benefit from a sunny whether despite the low temperatures. But, after all is wintertime and some degrees below zero may give us the taste of this genuine time of the year, even though there was no snow around.
Aachen is a long lasting European symbol. Charlemagne, Charles the Great or Karolus Magnus in Latin, as I heard it often during my school years, turned the city into his favourite residence and made it the capital of his Empire. Charlemagne believed in a united Europe, so nowadays he is considered among the first ones supporting the idea of a European project.
The first thing to buy in Aachen is the Aachener Printen, a huge sweet bread, which incorporates sugar syrup, unlike Lebkuchen, another traditional German bread, made out of ginger sweetened with honey.
The city’s attractions mirror its rich history and culture. There are buildings featuring two dominant old architectural styles, Gothic and neo-classical, surviving in perfect harmony with modern buildings, without troubling the eye.
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