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Aachen Cathedral

Aachen Cathedral from hof

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Aachen

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Burial place, coronation church and place of pilgrimage - Aachen Cathedral

The history of today's Aachen Cathedral began with St. Mary's Church around 803 AD.
 
As the burial place of Charlemagne, the coronation church of the Roman-German kings and a pilgrimage church, the cathedral is a true place of pilgrimage. As Germany's first UNESCO World Heritage monument, it is visited by more than 1 million believers and tourists every year, privately or with a guided tour. Every seven years, Christians from all over the world flock to the shrine trip to Aachen to take a look at the four large shrines revered there. To the right of the main entrance there is a model of the Aachen Cathedral, which is intended to help blind people in particular to feel the extensive building structure.

It is not possible for tourists to visit the cathedral during church services.

Short-term closures possible due to church events. The cathedral is barrier-free accessible with restrictions.

General information

Bad weather offer
for any weather
for groups
for school classes
for individual guests
for children (from 10 years)
  • admission free

Aachen Cathedral stands in the middle of the old town. The main train hof is about a 15-minute walk away.