The tower of the St. Jakob church is 87 metres high, making it the tallest church tower in Aachen.
As the “St. Jacob’s Church”, it is the first port of call, after Aachen Cathedral, on the pilgrimage route to Santiago de Compostela. According to legend, Charlemagne the Great founded the church after he returned from liberating the tomb of St. James. Since then, it is regarded as being the first German St. Jacob’s Church. However, it was already in existence in the 13th century. The church tower can be climbed twice a year. From there, you can enjoy a wonderful view out over Aachen.