Historical and modern at the same time
Emperor Charlemagne (in German Karl der Große), after whom the annually awarded “Internationaler Karlspreis zu Aachen“ is named, left his mark here. At the end of the 8th century the monarch in Aachen created an intellectual, cultural and political centre of power – his personal metropolis. Just as Aachen‘s Old Town testifies to the historic past of Aachen. As the first cultural monument in Germany, the cathedral was included in the list of UNESCO‘s world heritage sites, and 32 German kings celebrated their coronation in the Gothic Town Hall.
The region around Aachen is said to be a model for a successful change of structure: the transition from a region of mining and old industry to a significant high-tech location was achieved here. This success story is owed to the effective interaction of the city with the universities and chambers of commerce, research facilities, companies and foundation centres. The scientific competence available in Aachen led to the settlement of well-known international companies and research facilities. Today, Aachen is a modern and cosmopolitan metropolis whose political, economical and cultural contacts extend far beyond the national boundaries.
In the heart of Europe
The border triangle Germany – Belgium – the Netherlands influences daily life for the people there: they live, work, study and shop in three different countries all around Aachen.
For more than 25 years the Euregio Maas-Rhein, a cooperation of the regions Aachen, Zuid-Limburg (the Netherlands), Limburg (Belgium), the Wallonia and the German-speaking community (Belgium), stands for friendly cooperation of its residents. Here Europe is truly lived.
The geographical location of the region at the interface of the large economical and industrial centres in North-West Europe benefits Aachen’s development: