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Aachener Rathaus, Aachen

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Sitting next to the cathedral in Aachen's old town, the impressive was built in the early 14th century after taking over the ruined palace of Charlemagne. The building is emblematic of the civic freedom of the townspeople of Aachen. Its architectural foundations are Gothic, with Baroque elements added during the 17th and 18th centuries following the Great Fire of Aachen. On the north facade, you can see 50 statues of German rulers, 31 of whom were crowned in Aachen. Inside the building, check out the 19th-century Rethel frescoes in the Coronation Hall, as well as a collection of royal treasures and copies of the Imperial Crown Jewels. To avoid disappointment, check for state closure dates on the city's website before visiting. Put Aachener Rathaus into our Aachen itinerary builder and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • We have due to time constraints the building only can admire from outside, both day and evening: beautiful
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  • No audio guide for this jewel of architecture, but home in french. Travel well documented in history
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  • Great way to start exploring Charlemagne and his history. The building is interesting, and the explanations and guide book are very informative. Plus it's open on Mondays when the museums are closed!  more »
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  • Neat building that charges for entry. Worth it if you have the time, and a good getaway from the afternoon sun.
  • The top floor has a large hall used for concerts and events. It's really quite beautiful
  • Visiting Aachen is worthy even for just visiting this Gothic building and the cathedral. They use to have very good exhibitions inside the Townhall.
  • Fantastic landmark within Aachen. Must see.
  • Really impressive building especially during evening when it is lighted with orange and yellow colours.