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Few places can claim such proudly European credentials as AACHEN (known as Aix-la-Chapelle in French, Aken to the Dutch). Its hot thermal springs were known to the Celts and Romans, but it wasn't until Charlemagne took up residence in 768 AD that the city briefly took centre stage as the capital of his vast Frankish empire. At its height, this encompassed much of what formed – more than a millennium later – the original core of the European Union. But it didn't long survive his death, and nor did Aachen's political importance, though for six centuries afterwards the city remained the …
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ibis Aachen Hauptbahnhof

The Ibis Aachen Normaluhr hotel is located in the city centre, close to the railway station and 2 km from the Eurogress Convention Centre. Close to the Stadttheater Aachen, it has 128 modern airconditioned ...

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Aachen Cathedral

Construction of this palatine chapel, with its octagonal basilica and cupola, began c. 790--800 under the Emperor Charlemagne. Originally inspired by the churches of the Eastern part of the Holy Roman Empire, it ...