Waiting

Aachen Travel Blog

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So….this morning we got up and had breakfast at the hotel, which was surprisingly good. Then we got the car and headed off to Aachen. We got there a little after 10:00, and still the stores were closed…sadly we've had three whole days of not much being open…which really sucks when you need to buy another suitcase and some new tennis shoes. Anyway, we got to Aachen and tried to find a place to park, which was pretty easy, aside from the malfunctioning ticket machine to pay for parking, which told us we had a total of a half an hour to park, even though we paid for two hours, and that our time was up at 9:30 am, even though we just got there at 10:15.

Charlemagne
The good news is, we kept checking back and we never got a ticket. Well, there isn't a ton of stuff to see in Aachen, but what is there is pretty cool. The Cathedral houses the remains of Charlemagne as well as the shroud of Mary, a piece of the cross and the remains of Otto III among many other important sacred relics. Upstairs and in the treasury are also many important sacred and secular objects, including the throne of Charlemagne. Interestingly, as it was Easter Sunday, nothing was open retail wise in Aachen, and the Cathedral and churches were all occupied with Monday services, therefore we had to wait until 12:30 (actually, we had to wait until around 12:50) before we were allowed inside. Once inside however, it was free, though there was a 2 Euro donation in order to take photos and 50 cents for a brochure in your chosen language.
Town Hall
It was beautiful inside, especially the mosaics in the octagonal first chamber, and the stained glass in the far nave was beautiful as well. It was also a very uniquely designed Cathedral, residing mainly in the octagonal chamber with a few chapels added on the sides and a long nave that was added later. The treasury also juts off from one corner of the original structure, unlike many Cathedrals which are built in the shape of a cross from the aerial view. As we were waiting for the Cathedral to let us inside however, we decided to wander around the small bit of Aachen which remains 'the old town' and went inside the old town hall, which is still used for coronation ceremonies and other such things today. There were beautiful frescoes and ornaments around the city hall, my favorites were the ceiling frescoes that were uncovered a few decades ago where the current discussion chamber stands. It used to be two separate rooms, and they took out the wall from between the two. You are able to see late medieval and renaissance frescoes on the ceiling, thanks to the amazing people who discovered and preserved the art. After we visited the town hall, and another small church, and the Cathedral, we got in the car and headed off to Belgium…Liege to be exact.

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Charlemagne
Charlemagne
Town Hall
Town Hall
Fountain
Fountain
Moveable Puppet Fountain
Moveable Puppet Fountain
Charlemagne
Charlemagne
Town Hall
Town Hall
Town Hall
Town Hall
Town Hall
Town Hall
Town Hall
Town Hall
Aachen
photo by: Adrian_Liston