Germany: Aachen – cathedral

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Today a last travelpost about our holiday to Germany! We only went for a couple of days, but our holiday surely was packed with lovely things. On our way home we stopped in Aachen to have lunch and to have a quick stroll through the city…

It was another scorching hot day at the end of August so when we arrived in Aachen by noon, we were hot and thirsty… The first stop we made was at the Elisenbrunnen where we had a drink at the fantastic outdoor terrace of Restaurant Elisenbrunnen.

As we didn’t want to move too much because of the heat, we decided to have lunch there as well. The staff was very friendly, the food was good and the drinks were cold so we took our time!

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At the Elisenbrunnen.

A couple of hours later we decided to have a little stroll in this lovely and lively town. We decided to split up (we were with 8 and we all wanted to do something else). My eldest daughter and her boyfriend, my husband and myself decided on a visit to the Aachen Cathedral.

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Now I must admit that one of the reasons for our visit was to escape from the heat a bit… but once inside we were really taken by the beauty of the cathedral! Entrance was free and with a donation of 1 EUR I had permission to take pictures of the stunning interior.

This cathedral actually is the oldest cathedral of northern Europe and construction started in the 9th century. The first part that was built is the ‘octagon’ in the centre of the cathedral.

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view towards the octagon

The cathedral has a lot of stunning gold-coloured mosaics.

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All around the cathedral are high arched windows with coloured glass which gives a very special effect inside, especially on a sunny day.

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From the vault of the dome hangs an impressive chandelier, the Barbarossa Chandelier, from the 12th century.

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The Barbarossa Chandelier.

After our visit to the cathedral, my husband and I did some shopping. Aachen is a shopping delight so you’re warned 🙂 We bought a shirt for my husband and some ankle booties for yours truly.

Aachen is also known for its Christmas market… so perhaps I will have to visit this lovely German town again in winter!

Have you visited Aachen before? Let me know!

Love, KathleenDSC_7158

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Cooling down with some Bitburger 😛

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4 thoughts on “Germany: Aachen – cathedral

    Ann Ages Gracefully said:
    October 13, 2016 at 8:18 pm

    Die glas-in-lood ramen, prachtig!

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      kaybe610 responded:
      October 15, 2016 at 9:15 am

      Het hele interieur was gewoonweg overweldigend! Zeker eens een aanrader als je in de buurt bent… Groetjes en een fijn weekend! Kathleen

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    Samaja said:
    October 13, 2016 at 7:58 am

    I’ve been there before, but only to go shopping ;-). My mom visits the Christmas market almost every year, she says it’s really something.

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      kaybe610 responded:
      October 13, 2016 at 6:47 pm

      Perhaps we might do a Christmas market in Germany… Aachen or Düsseldorf… I’m sure it’s very cosy! Love, Kathleen

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