Aachen Cathedral

Aachen Cathedral

Aachen Cathedral
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Richard K
Amsterdam, The Netherlands1,673 contributions
Exceptional
Nov. 2021 • Family
Spectacular. Worth the trip. The whole history is well worth the time to really understand. Excellent place overall. Loved it
Written 26 November 2021
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The Travel Couple - Chathu & Ishanka
Kalutara, Sri Lanka907 contributions
Must visit in Aachen
Nov. 2021 • Couples
A magnificent ancient cathedral. The highlight of the Aachen city for sure. You must go inside to understand the magnitude of this creation.
Written 22 November 2021
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Roberts69
Northampton, UK14,912 contributions
An absolutely stunning Cathedral inside and out.
Oct. 2021
The cathedral in Aachen in stunning inside and out. It's appearance has evolved constantly over the past 1200 years and was modified a little during WW2 by the Royal Air Force. It is a UNESCO World Heritage site (from 1978) and it really is a place to visit and remember. There is no fee to enter, just a €1 charge for photography. Mondays it is open 10am to 1pm and the rest of the week from 10am to 5pm (6pm April to December). There is a treasury shop for gifts and books. The decoration inside is beautiful, especially the stunning ceiling of the Octagon. Not much more to say (look at my photos) other than go and visit this splendid 1200 year old building, it is a work of art.
Written 3 November 2021
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londonbene
Merignac, France36 contributions
appalling guide made the all toutr a nightmare
Oct. 2021
do not think for a moment you will find everything more interesting with a guide from the cathedral...ours made the tour horrible, we could not hear a thing he was saying, he was only interested in talking to 3 or 4 people from a group of 10 and he was mumbling the all time. I wish I never paied for those tickets
Written 5 October 2021
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ElaineAndGreg
Chesterland, OH2,602 contributions
Beautiful, Historic, and in Fun Area to Explore
Aug. 2021
The Emperor Charlemagne died in 814 and is buried here. The fact that we can visit his tomb 1200 years later brought us to Aachen and we weren’t disappointed.

The Cathedral itself is highly worthwhile. The main part is an octagonal room with a gilt ceiling, which is very striking. Charlemagne’s tomb, in gold, is in an adjacent room with limited access, but is easily viewable from the public areas. The limitation may have been temporary, due to COVID or perhaps a service, but it did not affect our enjoyment of the visit as it was easily seen from where we were standing.

In the past they banned photography, but now you can take pictures for something like 1 Euro. Spend it. It is worth it.

There are many fine decorative elements around the interior and exterior of the Cathedral. They are worth taking a few minutes to look around.

This isn’t a large attraction as compared to, say, many other European Cathedrals, but the architecture is unique and attractive. The beauty and historical connections are well worth a visit.

Note: The area around the Cathedral is fun. Look especially for all of the creative fountains nearby. About 100 feet away, for example, is the puppet fountain, which is a lot of fun. You’ll know it from the name when you see it. There are many others scattered around the old part of town.
Written 25 August 2021
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traveleatsee
Frankfurt, Germany197 contributions
Spectacular architechture
Jan. 2020
Worth a visit, as it is a very impressive building. The surrounding area is nice as well, hustling and bustling, sometimes with markets set up and a lot of coffee bars and restaurants with outdoor seating surrounding the area
Written 15 December 2020
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ianwebb75
London, UK911 contributions
Beautiful building with interesting history
Oct. 2020 • Couples
The cathedral is a majestic building with an interesting history and a fascinating story involving the devil and a wolf. The inside is stunning with beautiful stained glasses windows and sculptures. Best to go when there are no services on so you can get access to the whole cathedral.
Written 18 October 2020
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colin g
Rainham, UK979 contributions
Byzentine / Orthodox looking interior ..lovely
Oct. 2020
Its in the old town area so its in relativlely nice area. The outside is abit grey but has some lovely aspects. The interior is very byzentine in appearence, almost orthodox and looking stunning. The history behind it is interest too. Well worth a visit
Written 18 October 2020
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Alessandro M
Horsham, UK117 contributions
Beautiful
Aug. 2020 • Family
Visited the cathedral both from the outside and then inside. There is a voluntary €1 donation to make photos inside. Fascinating the story of the devil and the wolf!
Written 22 August 2020
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nldogbert
Eindhoven, The Netherlands1,752 contributions
Very beautiful cathedral
Aug. 2020
Well worth the visit to this beautiful architecture which is close to the city hall. There are several other attractions close to this beautiful cathedral including the treasury.
Written 11 August 2020
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