Notes on German Culture

Aachen…The memorable forest encircled city of Charlemagne

This vintage 1928 advertising poster for Aachen, Germany was created by Jupp Wiertz, one of Germany’s foremost graphic artists… an image of his hometown. Text on this poster translates to: Aachen…The memorable forest encircled city of Charlemagne, famous for its healthful natural hot springs.

Aachen 1928 Travel poster
Interior of the Aachen Cathedral, the Kaiserdom

Aachen Cathedral …the burial place of Charlemagne… is frequently referred to as the “Imperial Cathedral” (in German: Kaiserdom). The future first Kaiser Karl der Grosse, also known as Charles the Great or Charlemagne, began construction of the Palatine Chapel around 792, along with the rest of the palace structures. When he died in 814, Charlemagne was buried in a vault in the cathedral. The church is the oldest cathedral in northern Europe and was known as the “Royal Church of St. Mary at Aachen” during the Middle Ages. For 600 years, from 936 to 1531, the Aachen chapel was the coronation site for 30 German Kings and 12 Queens.

Aachen has historically been a spa town in North Rhine-Westphalia, the westernmost town of Germany, located along its borders with Belgium and the Netherlands, 40 miles west of Cologne.

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