Aachen is a historic spa city in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany,
with about 260000 inhabitants. It is the westernmost city of Germany,
adjacent to Belgium and the Netherlands, 65 km west of Cologne.
Aachen has a rich history and is famous for its hot springs, the impressive Aachen
Cathedral and many other historical buildings. Aachen hosts the well-known
RWTH Aachen university with an excellent reputation in and outside of Germany.
The official link for informations about Aachen is: www.aachen.de.
See Aachen at Google Maps here.
The Elisenbrunnen is one of the most famous sights of Aachen. It is a neoclassical hall covering one of the city's famous fountains, and is just a minute away from the cathedral. A few steps to the southwest of the Elisenbrunnen is the city's 19th-century theatre.
Also well known and well worth seeing are the two remaining city gates, the Ponttor, a half-mile northwest of the cathedral, and the Kleinmarschiertor, close to the main train station. There are also a few parts of both medieval city walls left, most of them integrated into more recent buildings, some others visible.
RWTH Aachen University, established as polytechnicum in 1870, is a center of technological research of worldwide importance, especially for electrical and mechanical engineering, computer sciences, and physics. The university clinic associated with RWTH, the Klinikum Aachen, is the biggest single-building hospital in Europe. Over time, a host of software and computer industries have developed around the university.