Aachen

Aachen is one of the largest cities in the Euregio Meuse-Rhine, a cross-border area or 'euroregion', and is located just half an hour's drive from Maastricht. With 250,000 inhabitants, a rich history, and a booming manufacturing industry, Aachen is an important hub and the largest city in the region.



In Roman times, this city was famous for its hot, sulphur-rich mineral springs, which were channelled and transformed into thermal baths. They are still in use today. Aachen became an industrial city around 1880, with railway factories, a flourishing silk industry, and a notable tobacco industry.

This city was the first German city to be liberated by the Allies at the end of the Second World War. Aachen was able to restore itself rapidly to its former glory and has since grown into one of the most impressive cities in the surrounding area. The Dom Cathedral in Aachen is one of the most impressive churches in Germany and is part of the Kings’ Palaces of Aachen, built on the instructions of Charlemagne (Charles the Great). The Aachener Dom contains many holy Christian relics, including – as legend has it – the swaddling clothes and loincloth of Jesus Christ. This is one of the reasons why it is such an important pilgrimage destination.

Another well-known tourist attraction is Aachen's city hall, located adjacent to the Market, with its many cosy pubs and restaurants. Aachen is also an attractive destination for a shopping spree, with its many small shopping streets and beautiful architecture. All in all, a day trip to Aachen is a special experience. With three railway stations, a direct bus line from Maastricht, and several motorways, Aachen is also very easy to reach.