Aachen day trip is amazing! Just a short drive away, this place offers a starbucks, shopping, restuarants, a centrum with an occasional market, and is where the college is located.
Using the trip advisor I have on my phone allowed me plan my trip. We stopped off on our way to Aachen in Herzogenrath at Burg Rode castle. It was the off-season in March but the inside is supposed to be beautiful. Check out the Burg Rode blog for more information.
Parking was easy once we arrived in Aachen and we strolled down market street and others and window shopped as we made our way to the Aachen Cathedral. . It was one of the most breathtaking cathedrals I had seen . The stained glass windows and artwork on the ceiling or something not to miss. There were free pamphlets that told the story of Charles the Great, or Charlemagne. Off in a separate room Charlemagne’s tomb was open for viewing. Wikipedia actually gave us quite a bit of information before hand. Afterwards we headed over to the treasury.
For 10 Euros for our family of four we could visit all rooms of the building. For an additional 2 Euros we could rent an English speaking audio tour of the building. The building was remarkable. It had been used for several different purposes since it’s construction. There were rooms with beautiful artwork and a wonderful history of Aachen’s rich culture. The building is still used today for the elected city council member meetings. Be sure to check out the top floor which house is some of Charlemagne’s relics. The collection of treasures it houses are some of the most important ecclesiastical treasury north of the Alps.
After leaving we had lunch at Ratskeller which is a quaint pub like restaurant 3 small stories tall. The staff was friendly and helped us with the German menu of German fare. I of course had the schnitzel and it was the best I’ve ever had. They catered to my children taste as well making then a delicious spaghetti dinner. The price was fair for the touristy area and we left spending under 50 Euros for my 4 person family. Afterwards we had icecream in the marketplace. The trip took about 5 hours and was an awesome experience. I definitely recommend Aachen as a day trip .