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Centre Charlemagne, Aachen

The Centre Charlemagne – Neues Stadtmuseum Aachen is the city museum, tracing the evolution of Aachen from the Neolithic era to the present day.

The Centre Charlemagne – Neues Stadtmuseum Aachen is the city museum, tracing the evolution of Aachen from the Neolithic era to the present day. It presents the history of the city according to the important eras -

  • Early settlement of Aachen from 5th century BC to 7th century AD – traces the origins of the city as a Roman city with thermal springs, followed by Franconian rule.
  • Charlemagne’s Palace and St Mary’s Church in the 8th - 9th century – details the Carolingian period, Charlemagne’s rein and Aachen’s rise to fame as a power centre in Europe. It focuses especially on Charlemagne, the founding father of France and Germany, who made Aachen the residence of the Carolingian monarch.
  • The city of coronations from the 10th to 16th century when it witnessed the coronation of 42 East Franconian and Roman-German monarchs, from Otto I in 936 to Ferdinand I in 1531.
  • The Baroque spa resort – In the 17th century, it witnessed a political and economic decline due to sectarian conflicts and the loss of coronations, exacerbated by the Great Fire of 1656. It was redeveloped as a health and spa resort for the wealthy in the 18th century.
  • Dawn of the modern age in the 19th century – as the Prussian government promoted industrial development.
  • From frontline town to its progression as a European city post World War II.


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About Centre Charlemagne

 Katschhof 1, 52062 Aachen, Germany

 +49 241 4324994

 www.route-charlemagne.eu

Centre Charlemagne and Nearby Sights on Map

Rathaus

The medieval City Hall of Aachen is a striking Gothic building in the Old Town

Aachen Christmas Market

Come winter, and the streets of the Old Town light up in anticipation of the festive season

Bahkauv

The Bahkauv fountain in Aachen represents a mythical 'river-calf' which, as legend has it, pounced on drunken men's backs as they staggered home from the bar after a night of heavy drinking

Granusturm

The Granusturm dates back to the 8th century and is the oldest surviving section of the Aachen Palace complex of Carolingian kings

Markt

Haus Lowenstein

Haus Lowenstein is a 14th century Gothic building on the Aachen market square, that has been a house, a tavern and an inn over the centuries

Domschatzkammer

The Domschatzkammer or Cathedral Treasury in Aachen holds one of the most important church treasuries in northern Europe

Couven-Museum

The Couven Museum offers a glimpse into 18th and 19th century living, through displays of house interiors and furniture

Aachen Cathedral

The Aachen Cathedral, also known as Imperial Cathedral, is a 9th century imposing church where 42 German monarchs have been coronated over the ages, from Otto I in 936 to Ferdinand I in 1531

Puppenbrunnen

The Puppenbrunnen or Fountain of Dolls on Krämerstraße was created in 1975 by Aachen sculptor Boniface Stirnberg