Aachen Cathedral is a burial site, coronation church and pilgrimage destination.
The history of today’s Aachen Cathedral began around 803 AD, when it was known as the Marienkirche. The cathedral is a real pilgrimage site, as the place where Charlemagne the Great is buried and as a coronation church of the Roman-German kings. The first UNESCO World Heritage Site in Germany, it is visited every year by over 1 million tourists, either individually or in groups. Every seven years, Christians from all over the world make the pilgrimage to Aachen to get a glimpse of the four great shrines there.
To the right next to the main entrance, there is a model of Aachen Cathedral, which is designed to offer blind people in particular an impression of the enormous building.
Tourists are not permitted to visit the cathedral during services. Normal visiting hours are weekdays from 11 am, Saturdays from 1 pm and Sundays from 12.30 pm. Brief closures due to church events are also possible.
The cathedral is barrier-free with certain restrictions.