Traditionally known as Cathedral of Aix-la-Chapelle, Aachen Cathedral is known as the oldest cathedral in northern Europe and was built by the order of Charlemagne, whos remains lie buried there. It was also the place of coronation for thirty German kings and twelve queens.
Stolberg Castle (16km from Aachen)
Built in 12th century, Stolberg Castle is a must-see in Stolberg. Coming through one of the historical town gates you can dive into the completely different world of the knights of Stalburg, who – according to legends – built the castle and gave the town its name.
Cologne (80km from Aachen; 50min by train)
Located on both sides of the Rhine River, Cologne is the largest city in the German federal State of North-Rhine Westfalia. Cologne is famous for the Cologne Cathedral and its university, one of the oldest and largest universities in Europe.
Phanatasia entertainment park (70km from Aachen)
About 1.75 million people visit Phantasialand in Brühl every year. Opened in 1967, the park started out as a family-oriented park but has added thrill rides soon. The park’s Wild West section was opened by Michael Jackson.
Eltz Castle (150km from Aachen)
The medieval Eltz Castle lies in the hills above Moselle River between Koblenz and Trier. 33 generations ago it was built by the Eltz family and a branch of the family still owns it. Eltz Castle and two other castles are the only castles on the left bank of the Rhine, which have never been destroyed.
Rhine Valley (80km from Aachen)
As the second-longest river in central and western Europe, the river rhine has a history as an important waterway. This can be proven by the many castles and fortifications along its course, which have been built during the era of the Holy Roman Empire.
Chateau Brühl (70km from Aachen)
The Palaces Augustusburg and Falkenlust are protected by the international “Convention concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritages” and are a must-see for they are famous for their extensive gardens and park grounds.
Elisenbrunnen hot springs
The Elisenbrunnen combines architectural beauty and healthy hot springs. The classicistic building has been designed by Johann Peter Cremer and Karl Friedrich Schinkel and the hot springs are know for their sulphurous smell and taste.
Efteling entertainment park
Efterling is – according to its visitor numbers – the biggest entertainment park in the Netherlands and the fourth-biggest in Europe. Historically it was opened in 1935 as a sports and hiking park. After WWII it slowly became an entertainment park. The official year of foundation is 1952, when the enchanted forest was opened.
Caves of Remouchamps
Take the world’s longest underground trip by boat (600 Meters) on the Rubicon in the caves of Remouchamps or just visit the caves like visitors have done since 1828 – with modern lightning you will be able to see even more than they did with torches.
Safari Park „Monde Sauvage“ Aywaille
Who needs an expensive safari when you can see wild animals just 25km away from Lüttich (Belgium)? You can either use the official transportation or your own car within the park. Elephants, Rhinos, Zebras and more can be seen in this true-to-nature park.