Working in Germany, living in the Netherlands or Belgium? In Aachen this is a matter of course. The national borders can be reached by bike, behind them cities like Maastricht and Lüttich invite you for shopping, eating out or strolling. Brussels, Maastricht, Düsseldorf, Cologne and the Ruhr can be reached by car within one hour. In two or three hours you are in Amsterdam, Paris and at the dutch and belgian coast. The airports Düsseldorf, Cologne/Bonn, Brussels, Amsterdam and Maastricht-Aachen are not far away. By ICE also Frankfurt airport is reachable within 90 minutes.
The nearby Eifel region with its cycling and walking trails offers outstanding recreation possibilities. Small towns like Monschau or Kornelimünster are popular places of excursions. Besides the Eifel region the raised bog "Hohes Venn", the belgian mountains "Ardennen", the dutch clay landscape, the rivers Maas and Rur as well as the natural preserve Maas-Schwalm-Nette offer destinations.
In roman times Aachen was famous for its hot mineral springs which up to now offer healthy recreation not only for guests staying for cure. A popular bath and sauna world are for example the Carolus Thermen.
Aachen reached its time of prosperity with Charlemagne. Here he put up his Pfalz, whose chapel became the present-day Dom. Aachen was centre of power, between 636 and 1531 31 German kings have been crowned here.
Today the historic old town and the important cultural monuments attract a large number of tourists, but also the inhabitants themselves enjoy the vivid city with cafés and an outstanding concentration of pubs and restaurants next to historic monuments. During warm summer nights there are acrobatics, cabaret and music as on an Italian piazza.
Besides performances in the Stadttheater and in a lot of private theatres, there are more highlights for example a series of open air concerts which are free of charge every September. By donating several museums the patron Peter Ludwig made his city a prime address for the modern arts.
Mega events like the presentation of the international Karlspreis or the international horse show CHIO takes place once a year. In the evenings the supporting programme in the city attracts the visitors.
Regardless of if you prefer living surrounded by nature or in the city centre, Aachen offers attractive housing at moderate prices. In the centre you can enjoy the old town ambience, appealing residential areas in the nature and suburbs of Aachen make you forget that you are living in a busy town.