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“Interactive and brief”
Review of Centre Charlemagne

Centre Charlemagne
Ranked #10 of 67 things to do in Aachen
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities, Stairs / lift, Lockers / storage
Reviewed 6 April 2018 via mobile

The interactive elements helped connect the time period to modern times. The characters introduced in one part of the centered were used in another part to add to the story. The care in the way the displays and artifacts connected was evident. The coin display way novel and engaging... Very well done. It is a small space and 30-40 minutes is adequate.

1  Thank Jenny H
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Reviewed 4 March 2018

This museum was much more interesting than I expected. The space doesn't look big, nor does it give that overwhelming overload of information look, and yet there's plenty to see, explore, look at and read up on. This is thanks to its clever lay out, making it look calm, almost serene.

An interesting short movie shows you what the cathedral and Rathaus used to look like and how they were connected. Along the wall are various objects and texts behind opaque glass that becomes transparent when you look at it. There's a corner that shows the aspects of Charlemagnes coronation. A wall with pictures - each with a good description only when clicked on - is at the end of the museum, with a brilliant viewing system. The information is to the point, and available in 4 languages.

We did not visit the temporary exhibition as that seemed to be more of local interest aswell as about beer which was of no interest to us. But this museum is well worth a visit.

There is a good amount of lockers available and with enough staff walking about you have no worries about your bag or coat.

2  Thank Ariadne1577
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Reviewed 23 January 2018

This is a beautiful museum laid out very well, with a lot of history. It is important to get the audio guide to understand the historical significance of Aachen

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Reviewed 20 January 2018 via mobile

This is the first museum that I visited upon arriving in Aachen, that is after signing up for the 2.00pm Dom tour. The Centre Charlemagne is located just behind the Rathaus in a modernish building. The entrance is just next to the cafe.

Depending on your luck you might find a museum staff who can speak passable English otherwise some gestures and simple universal words like ok, ja, no, work wonders here.

Tickets for adult cost EUR6 and EUR2 for the audio guide.

It has a wardrobe room to keep your jackets. EUR1 coin is required to make the lock work but you'll get back your money when you unlock the compartment to retrieve your jacket.

The exhibits start with a large globe that shows the start of Aachen's journey to fame as a Roman spa town due to presence of hot water springs here. The next most eye-catching exhibit is a statue of Charlemagne. The same statue (they do duplicates?) is on top of the fountain in front of the Rathaus.

The exhibits then revolve around artifacts from Roman and medieval ages. Audio-visual exhibits help with disseminating information about life in the middle age. I particularly liked the coronation room where a screen tells how a German king's coronation process works.

Then the exhibits move on to the Renaissance and pre-industrial ages with paintings, sketches, weapons and other items associated with various major events affecting the city.

Lastly Aachen in the modern world is shown. This wasn't my favourite part but relevant regardless.

My son who has certain affinity for the medieval times (maybe due to computer games he is playing) was intrigued by what he saw and learned here. To me that is priceless.

1  Thank AFAK25
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Reviewed 12 October 2017

While I'm a history nut I'm well aware that most tourists (including my wife!) aren't going to spend hour after hour in dry and dusty museums. That's why I was impressed by this bright, simply laid out museum. It had a straightforward chronological outline of Aachen's history focusing on some key issues and period and with a small number of nice artifacts. You can happily view the whole thing in about an hour and a half. Do get the audio-guide, a bit preachy in places but worth it. Oh, and the coffee shop has seriously good espresso and a nice view over the square outside.

2  Thank AllanJGJ
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