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Aachen has four stations- Central Station (Hauptbahnhof) is the largest, and operates international connections, including the Thalys and ICE-Trains high-speed train services that links Eurostar travellers with Brussels and Paris. Other services include: Regional Express, Regional Bahn and Inter City Express. Trains between Ebbsfleet and Aachen run around 10 times a week.
Eurostar trains between Ebbsfleet International and Aachen have average journey times of 4 hours, 21 minutes, with an indirect route via Lille, Brussels and Liege which gives travellers the chance to take in the scenery and landsapes of three different countries en route. The best time to book tickets is at Christmas time, as the city comes alive with traditional German Christmas markets and sights, making it very popular with both German and international visitors.
Aachen is in west Germany, in the Nordrhein-Westfalen region and close to the Belgo-German frontier (originally known as Aix-la-Chapelle). It has a variable climate, with icy winters and wet summers, and a population of over 260000. Aachen is important for many reasons: as a centre of industry (steel, iron, textiles, electronics, confectionery, glass, machinery, rubber and metal goods, furniture), as well as being a central point for rail and road transfers. It is also famous for its spas and hot mineral baths which have been used to treat ailments since the first century.
There is a technical university and other educational and cultural institutions. Aachen is largely a student/college town, but is full of historical importance, being occupied by the Romans in the 1st century AD, the capital of Charlemagne's empire and the first German city captured and held by Allied troops in World War II. The city was taken by the American First Army and was part of a system of defensive works called the West Wall. The German kings between the 9th and 16th centuries were all coroneted in the city cathedral.
The city centre is called the Kaiserplatz and is a pedestrian zone.
Points of Interest
Restaurants, cafés and bars: Muckefuck, Domkeller, The Guinness House, Café Madrid, Last Exit, Besitos, Brauerei Goldener Swann, Sausalitos, Molkerei, Café Extrablatt, the Kaktus, Egmont, Kosters.
Cinemas and theatres: 2,99 Kino (now the Apollo), The Theater.
Casinos and nightclubs: Casino Aachen, Lennet Kahn, Raumfrisch, Himmel und Holle, MusikBunker, B-9.
Aachen Main Attractions
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