Aachen Cathedral

Aachen Cathedral

Aachen Cathedral
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vsop-50
Vlijmen, The Netherlands974 contributions
Dec 2021
Beautiful Cathedral. Free entrance, but they ask for a voluntary contribution of €1 into a gift box if you want to take pictures.
Which I think is ok.
Spectacular marble walls, beautiful chandeliers and ceilings.
Written December 18, 2021
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Roberts69
Northampton, UK16,843 contributions
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 November 3, 2021
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ElaineAndGreg
Chesterland, OH2,624 contributions
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 August 25, 2021
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L C
San Francisco, CA2 contributions
Apr 2022 • Solo
I have travelled three thousand miles twice to see this UNESCO World Heritage Site, and have left disappointed both times.

My first visit, the Cathedral was closed for an event, without warning or explanation. The website warns you that this may happen, but doesn't post the closures, so it is not until you've expended considerable effort and money that you find out.

My second visit, the one non-German tour was sold out by the time I got into Aachen You can't book these tours on the web in advance, so you run the risk that you can travel hours and end up out in the cold.

At this point, I am out hundreds of dollars, largely due to their capricious closures, and refusal to use the web to allow advanced booking. They need to understand that this is world monument of international importance, and treat it as such.

As best as I can tell from the guidebooks and what I saw, very little of the Charlemagne era structure is still visible. I won't be travelling a third time to see what amounts to a lot of baroque frill and modern reconstruction.
Written April 11, 2022
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londonbene
Merignac, France36 contributions
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 October 5, 2021
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Lapinou cookie
210 contributions
Jan 2020 • Couples
Is cold is January is dark and rainy. Couples struggle to find some intimacy and “us time” after long family holidays, composed and recomposed households. And then they look to the TGV axis Paris-Köln and there in between there is a stip call Aachen/Aix a Chapelle for the francophone. Jump in the train and in no time find yourself in the German land full of history, marked by the magnitude of Charlemagne! The Pater Europae...
What a beautiful place full of surprises and history. The Dom of exquisite Eastern and Western Christian influences, the Charlemagne museum containing the relicves of the emperor, and for the more holiday inclined the hot thermal bathes Carolus. One day slip into history... Magic, instructive, so pleasant....
Written January 27, 2020
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BeaGreven
Aachen, Germany27 contributions
Jul 2019 • Family
The Cathedral in Aachen has a very special shape and looks quite different to other Cathedrals. It has also a very special history which makes this visit even more worthy. Inside it like magic, you may expect a dark and huge space but it is so much the opposite. It is cosy and bright, full of colours due to the mosaics and windows. The church wasn't like that always, it got its mosaics after the war, when the church was partially destroyed. During the reconstruction of the interior people picked up elements from other famous cathedrals and integrated there.

I am not a church tourism, most of the places where I visit I do not enter the churchs but this one is something special also for people like me. This is not about religion anymore but architecture, history and art.

Let yourself feel this feeling and afterwards enjoy a walk on the surrounds, enter a cafe and enjoy a piece of cake - or just have a beer at the Mark place if it is sunmer time. Just perfect.
Written February 11, 2020
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Bob K
Fairfax, VA2,191 contributions
Dec 2019
This is a return visit for us to this large and beautiful Aachen Cathedral. It was erected on the orders of Charlemagne in AD 796 and completed in 2 years by Odo of Metz. During our visit there were a number of groups that came through the cathedral. The current building has a curious and unique mixture of building styles. On our previous visit and this visit we missed out on getting to the upper gallery to see the throne or other treasures. We just didn't time it right. Next time. Allow ~1 1/2 hrs for visit.
Written February 9, 2020
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Jill C
1 contribution
Apr 2022 • Couples
The church was lovely. The town lovely. But entry for us was denied on an official tour because we couldn’t produce original ID (we just had copies) to go with our covid vaccination app with QR code. Never mind we have not been asked at all the entire week to produce covid vaccination certificates for any travel, arrival at airport, any restaurant- not once.We we’re even fine yo go in the church on the first level. But when it comes to purchasing a tour, we were denied entry to the tour- to see Charlemagne’s Throne- and the treasury. The inflexibility of the church shows it’s face again. Highly disappointing.
Written April 28, 2022
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hbkm
Leverkusen, Germany311 contributions
May 2020 • Family
I’m a historically interested person and really looking forward to seeing the Cathedral of Aachen. And I was amazed! The building was constructed during different eras and one can clearly see the corresponding architectural styles. The ceilings are decorated with impressive mosaics, the columns are formidable, too. The entire building is a beauty, from the inside as well as the outside.
Written May 17, 2020
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