The Aachen City Hall was built in the 14th century (in 1349) by the Aachen citizenry on the foundation walls of the former Aula Regia in the Königspfalz/the Aachen Palace where the coronation feast/Krönungsmahl as part of the coronation ceremony of the Holy Roman Emperor took place.
Since Aachen was the center of the Holy Roman Empire and was built as a ‘Roma secunda’, the Aachen Cathedral Treasury is the biggest and most important church treasury north of the Alps. It contains Roman works, as well as works from the Carolingian, Ottonian, Staufen, and Gothic times.
To visit the otherwise very beautiful town of Kornelimünster on a very cold and windy day isn’t a very pleasant thing, but maybe it cannot be different as Aachen (to the district of which Kornelimünster belongs) and its area are notorious for their bad weather and in Aachen, Continue reading
The village of St. Thomas was mentioned for the first time in AD 973 under the name of Ernistburen, later Erlenburen. Its present name, it owes to the Monastery of St. Thomas, founded in 1185 by the Knight Ludwig of Deudesfeld in honor of St. Thomas of Becket. It was a Continue reading
The extraordinary panorama with two fortified medieval castles – Niederburg and Oberburg – as a result of the notorious medieval history of the area, is the main attraction of Manderscheid. And although this is not my favorite type of tourist attractions, I had to visit at least one of them – the so-called Niederburg/the Lower Castle. Continue reading
The history of the Pilgrimage Church of the Visitation in Klausen, or Eberhardsklausen, is similar to that of the Abbey of Mariawald. In 1440, a poor man named Eberhard just placed a Pièta in one hollow tree. He then built a Klause (a German word for ‘a hermitage’, where obviously also the name of the settlement derives from). Continue reading