Overview    

The start points of the tours are indicated in Initiates file downloadthis map.

Tour

Day

Time

Language

Price

Sweet Side of Aachen       

Wednesday, 3.9.

13:00-15:00

En

15€

Tour of the old Town I

Wednesday, 3.9.

16:00-17:30

En

10€

Lost Treasures

Wednesday, 3.9.

17:00-17:45

En

10€

Guided Tour of the Cathedral I

Wednesday, 3.9.

18:00-18:45

En

6€

Night-Watchman Christoffel

Wednesday, 3.9.

21:00-23:00

Ger

15€

Bus Transfer to/from Monschau

Thursday, 4.9.

9:00-14:00

-

25€

Guided Tour of the Cathedral II

Thursday, 4.9.

18:00-18:45

En

6€

Charlemagne's Art

Thursday, 4.9.

18:15-19:00

En

10€

Tour of the old Town II

Friday, 5.9.

9:00-10:30

En

10€

Places of Power

Friday, 5.9.

12:00-13:00

En

15€

Bus Transfer to/from Maastricht

every day

every 15min

-

ca. 7€

Details

Tours and excursions

Discover the westernmost metropolis of Germany!

Famous for Charlemagne, hot springs, Printen (kind of spicy gingerbread) and horses, it is located in the middle of the border triangle of Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands. Besides the Aachen cathedral, which as the first German building was included in the list of UNESCO world heritage sites, the Aachen town hall, the historical old town as well as numerous museums and events complete the cultural offer of Aachen.

In the anniversary year 2014 those interested in culture as well as believers can find something to suit them. On the occasion of the 1200th anniversary of Chalemagne’s death Aachen presents even three special exhibitions, which put his life and work in the centre of attention. From the 20th – 29th of June 2014 the Aachen pilgrimage will also take place, at which pilgrims from all over the world are shown the relics from the Aachen cathedral. Since 1349 they have been taken out of the golden shrine of Mary for this purpose every seven years for ten days.


Sweet Side of Aachen

The Aachen “Printe” (a type of sweet and spicy gingerbread biscuit) is a trademark of the local bakeries and is well known far beyond the city’s boundaries. You will learn why the “Printe” is a hard kind of biscuit and how it softens, and you will be presented with a small selection of this fine speciality. In addition, you will discover the cradle of chocolate industry in a small pharmacy. This guided tour is designed for people with a sweet tooth!

Date: Wednesday 13:00-15:00
Price: 15€ per person
Duration: 2h
Max persons: 15

Tour of the old Town I + II

The historic old town of Aachen invites to go for a stroll. Let yourself be guided through narrow alleys and across historic squares through the 2000 year-old history of Aachen. Experience all facets of Aachen, a modern city with beautiful historic town houses, many old and new fountains and innumerable stories all about the Cathedral and the town hall.

Date: Wednesday 16:00-17:30, Friday 9:00-10:30
Price: 10€ per person
Duration: 1.5h
Max persons: 25

Lost Treasures

Some of the Cathedral Treasury's most prominent treasures date back to Charlemagne’s times. The Persephone Sarcophagus, in which Charlemagne is assumed to have been buried on 28th January 814, provides the prime link between the church treasure and the occasion of the “Year of Charlemagne” in 2014. The exhibits will cover a period stretching to the late middle ages, but will be firmly anchored in the Carolingian era through works that were already part of Charlemagne’s own church treasure or are even considered to be from his grave.

 

Date: Wednesday 17:00-17:45
Price: 10€ per person
Duration: 45min
Max persons: 25

 

Guided Tour of the Cathedral I - II

The Aachen Cathedral is a special kind of World Heritage Site. The core of this building is more than 1200 years old. The former Palace Chapel of Charlemagne has developed into one of the most interesting cathedrals of Western Europe. Coronation church of German kings, burial site of Charlemagne and major pilgrimage church - the Aachen Cathedral is a “must” for anyone who loves historic buildings and churches. 

Date: Wednesday 18:00-18:45, Thursday 18:00-18:45
Price: 6€ per person
Duration: 45min
Max persons: 25

Night-Watchman Christoffel

The Christoffel Aachen leads the participants at late hour in historical garment through the City of Charlemagne and tells about ancient customs and stories. Furthermore, various phases are explained vivid and with a wink: What's the deal with the lumbago (“Hexenschuss”), why do we flip a book open (“ein Buch aufschlagen”) and where does the expression “ins Bett steigen“ come from? Christoffel also depicts a particularly grim and gruesome chapter of the past: witch persecution… The Night-Watchmen Tour ends with a very special nightcap!

This tour will be in German.

Date: Wednesday 21:00-23:00
Price: 15€ per person
Duration:
2h
Max persons:
25

Bus Transfer to/from Monschau

With its historical Old Town and unique location amidst the famous hedges and impressive scenery of the surrounding Venn region, Monschau is a health climate resort with plenty to offer. As a stroll through its winding alleys will soon reveal, the romantic half-timbered houses harbour a rich mosaic of art, culture and museums.

 

This is only the transfer Aachen-Monschau and Monschau-Aachen.

 

Date: Thursday 9:00-14:00
Price: 25€ per person
Duration: min 5h
Max persons: 30

 

Charlemagne's Art

“Charlemagne’s Art”, the special exhibition to be staged in the new Centre Charlemagne will focus on the art history of the Carolingian period, but especially on works of art attributed to Charlemagne’s “Palatine School of Aachen”. Extremely precious manuscripts, ivory carvings and goldsmith’s works will once more be brought together in Aachen, first-class exhibits that will bring to life this golden age of the arts. Parallel to this special exhibition, the Centre Charlemagne – located at the heart of the original Aachen palace – will also be running its permanent exhibition on the development of Aachen and the historical role of Charlemagne.  

 

Date: Thursday 18:15-19:00
Price: 10€ per person
Duration: 45min
Max persons: 25

Places of Power

The largest exhibition will invite visitors to explore and experience the courtly life of those times. It will show king and military leader Charlemagne travelling from palace to palace, display archaeological and art-historical evidence to outline the material basis of his reign, and offer an insight into the external models that inspired him to turn Aachen into a “place of power”. The exhibition will illustrate what power meant in Carolingian times, and trace the boundaries between historical fact and the myth of Charlemagne.

Date: Friday 12:00-13:00
Price: 15€ per person
Duration: 1h
Max persons: 25

Maastricht

Maastricht is an international city - with 120,000 inhabitants - offering many opportunities. The city is located in the Meuse-Rhine Euregion, close to international cities such as Aachen, Düsseldorf, Liège, Brussels and Antwerp. The diversity of European culture is clearly visible in Maastricht. It is for good reason that Maastricht stood at the cradle of the European Union in 1992 at the time of the signing of the Maastricht Treaty - the treaty on European Union. Today, Maastricht still plays a major international role. Many congresses are held here, and transnational agreements are signed.

 

This is a public bus transfer.

 

Date: every day of the conference, the bus leaves every 15min between 9.00 and 17.00
Bus: Veolia Bus, line 50
Info: stops in Aachen are Aachen main station, Aachen theater, Aachen Schanz





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Texts: aachen tourist service e.v., Monschau.de, Maastrichtportal.nl
Photos: Aachen Tourismus Opens external link in new windowwww.aachen-tourist.de, Opens external link in new windowwww.Monschau.de, Opens external link in new windowwww.Maastrichtpotral.nl