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Planning a short break to Aachen? Check out Travel Library's recommended Top 10 Things To Do in Aachen. It's a perfect companion for weekend city breaks to Aachen. Once you've been you can add your own tips and suggestions to help other visitors.

Couven Museum

Huhnermarkt 17. This elegantly designed villa gives you a chance to see the decorative traditions of the late 18th and 19th centuries. It houses the best collection of antique furnishings in the region, with many other treasures and antiques located throughout the entire museum.

On the ground floor you'll find a model of small-scale chocolate factory.

The museum is open daily from 10h00 - 17h00, except Thursday from 10h00 - 13h00. Admission is $2 for adults and $1 for children.

Cathedral

Klosterplatz 2. The Cathedral is one of the top attractions in Aachen, with its mixture of Carolingian; Gothic; and baroque architecture. Parts of the Cathedral date back to 800 AD, with many alterations being done throughout the Cathedrals history. Some of the treasures of the Cathedral is the elaborate gold shrine, built in 1215, in the chancel which houses the relics of Charlemagne; and the pulpit of Henry II,1002, is copper studded with precious gems. The Cathedral is open daily and admission is free for the Cathedral; for the treasury $3.80 for adults and $2.80 for children and students.

For more information visit: www.aachendom.de

Aachener Tierpark

Obere Drimbornstrasse 44. This amazing park is located in the Water Conservation Area Drimborner Waldchen, and was opend in 1966. The park is home to over 1,700 animals from 250 different species, and it covers 9 ha with an extensive network of pathways for visitors to walk along. This is a great place to take children to have fun and learn about the different animals. The park is open daily from 09h00 - 18h30 in summer and 09h00 - 17h00 in winter. Admission is $4.80 for adults; $2.40 for children; and $3.60 for students and seniors.

For more information visit the Tierpark's official website: www.aachener-tierpark.de/

Suermondt Ludwig Museum

Wilhelmstrasse 18. This museum houses one of the most impressive collections of medieval German sculpture in Germany. Works on display include a Madonna in Robes, dating back to 1420, from the Swabian school and a Virgin and Child, dating back to the 14th-century Tournai school. There is also a collection of primitive Flemish and German works, and 17th century Dutch and Flemmish paintings. The museum is open Tuesday and Thursday to Friday from 11h00 - 18h00; Wednesdays from 11h00 - 20h00; and Weekends from 11h00 - 17h00. Admission is $4.80 for adults and $2.40 for children.

Hotel Quellenhof

Monheimsallee 52. This hotel was once the country home of the Kaiser during WWI, and is now one of the most welcoming and charming hotels in Aachen. The hotel has a wide range of facilities on offer, including a lounge; restaurant; bar; hairdresser; indoor pool; sauna; fitness centre; and a wellness centre. The facilities in the rooms include telephone; air conditioning; fax; modem port; satellite TV; pay per view TV; and regular TV.

For more information visit the Dorint website: www.dorint.de

Restaurant Gala

Monheimsallee 44. This elegant restaurant is the best dining spot in Aachen, with crystal-draped decor and oak-paneled walls. They serve a wide range of more modern versions of the regional cuisine, including gamecock in calvados-and-mustard sauce and filet of venison in blood sauce. The restaurant is open from Tuesday to Saturday 18h30 - 22h00. It is recommended that you make reservations as the restaurant is very popular and is often fully booked.

International Newspaper Museum

Pontstrasse 13, near the city hall. The museum is housed in the Great House of Aachen, and was founded by Oscar von Forckenbeck in 1886. Today it contains a collection of over 160,000 newspapers and publications, and a library of newspaper science with 3000 books. The Great House itself is a attraction worth seeing, built in a late Gothic style, it is one of the only buildings to survive the devastating fire of 1656. The museum is open from Tuesday to Friday 09h30 - 13h00.

For more information visit: www.zeitungsmuseum-aachen.de

Christmas Market

Squares and streets around the Rathaus. The Christmas Market is one of the most popular festivals on the Aachen calendar, and attracts many visitors from around the world every year. There are a wide range of stalls and shops all over selling a range of products, from arts and crafts to local foods. There is also an extensive entertainment program, with music concerts and carols by candle light held on different dates. The Market runs from 22 November to 23 December, and it is open from 11h00 - 22h30.

Aachen Computer Museum

Sommerfeldstra├če 32, on the corner of Melatenerstrasse. This museum houses the oldest collection of computers in Germany, and describes the development of computing from the abacus to the personal computer and explains the history of data technology in a way for everyone to understand

The museum has many computers on display, from the old giant computers through to the small modern day lap tops. This is the place to go to learn about computer technology. The museum is open Tuesday 09h00 - 13h00 and Wednesday 15h00 - 18h00. Admission is free.

Rathaus

Am Markt, you can take either Bus 4 or 11. The Rathaus was built on the site of Charlemagne's palace in the 14th century, and part of the acient palace is still visible in the Granus Tower.

The facade facing the market place has statues of 50 German rulers, 31 of which were crowned in Aachen.

The Rathaus is open daily from 09h00 - 13h00 and 14h00 - 18h30. Admission is $2.40 for adults and $1.80 for children and students.

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