Historical cities you should see
Aachen (Aix-la-Chapelle) is a beautiful Roman spa city located in the south-west of North Rhine-Westphalia. Situated close to Belgium and the Netherlands, this former coal mining area is now an attractive city for science, engineering and online technology businesses. Germany’s leading university of technology is also located in here.
Now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the magnificent Aachen Cathedral is where several German Kings were crowned. Christmas brings a festive cheer to the area around the Cathedral with the city’s beautiful Christmas market. The historical Baroque Town Hall is also worth visiting.
The region is famous for its gingerbread biscuits (Printen), which can be eaten just as they are or in a variety of flavours covered in chocolate. Traditional manufacturers not only produce this sweet treat for the local area but also for many countries around the world. Some manufacturers even offer tours around the factories.
Aachen is also well-known for its horse riding. Every summer, the World Equestrian Festival CHIO (Concours Hippique International Officiel) is held here and is a popular championship for show jumping, dressage, eventing, driving and vaulting. There are around 300 participants every year and it attracts more than 350,000 national and international visitors to this fantastic event.
Aachen (Aix-la-Chapelle) is about an hour’s drive from Cologne/Bonn Airport and can be reached easily by train from the airport.
The historical city of Bonn used to be the capital city of Germany until the Berlin Wall came down in 1989. Famous sights are Beethoven’s house and monument, the Baroque Poppelsdorf Palace, the Chancellor’s bungalow, the Chancellery (1976-1999), Palais Schaumburg (the former Chancellor’s office) and the numerous museums around the city.
The Museum of Contemporary History is really interesting if you’re interested in German history from WWII onwards. For families, the museum offers special family tours to make it interesting for younger children. There are also special exhibitions happening all-year- round. Check out my event calendar for upcoming events at the museum.
Being situated on the River Rhine, Bonn is the perfect location to discover this delightful region or enjoy a relaxing weekend close to the Rhineland-Palatinate wine growing area.
Take a boat trip on the River Rhine towards Cologne, stopping at the charming villages along the way. Cycling along the River Rhine is also a popular activity; as well as walking through the impressive countryside in the Siebengebirge National Park, the Ahr Valley wine growing region or parts of the Eifel National Park.