Rathaus, Townhall of Aachen

Not a very appealing façade compared to some other town halls I have seen, but definitely one of the oldest one, almost 1200 years old. This town hall of Aachen was built over the ruins of the palace of emperor Carlus Magnus (Charles the Great). The building has suffered damages due to fire and WWII but thankfully not completely destroyed. 

We visited this after the cathedral tour, and strolled around in the market place in front of this townhall.


Statue of Charlemagne in front of the town hall.

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20 Responses

  1. Sylvia K says:

    Such a wonderful, historical place and gorgeous skies as well! Love your photos as always, Indrani! Hope you have a lovely weekend!


  2. Merisi says:

    Beautiful Aachen, so full of history, is one of my dream destinations. Love your pictures!

  3. Looks a bit run down. But magnificent nevertheless

  4. George says:

    This is a marvelous, historic structure. I'm glad it wasn't destroyed.

  5. magiceye says:

    lovely captures!!

  6. ladyfi says:

    Impressive architecture!

  7. Ebie says:

    Great efforts on the preservation, love the architecture!

  8. Leovi says:

    I like those pictures, very bright, definitely a nice place.

  9. 1200 years? I wonder how they have preserved it

  10. Poor palace, but it kept on living. Brilliant shots.

  11. eileeninmd says:

    Wow, 1200 years. It must be the largest town hall I have ever seen. It is pretty. I love the statues, great shots. Thanks for sharing, happy skywatching!

  12. Carver says:

    Wonderful tour and the sky was beautiful for you.

  13. Gattina says:

    That's a town I know quiet well, because it's so close to Brussels. I used to go at least once a month there with my parents for shopping German food, because it didn't exist yet in Belgium. Of course tody you find everything here too ! Now we go nearly each year for the Christmas market.

  14. This is an interesting building. I guess our notion of grand architecture remains unchanged from the earliest of times. I like the way you shot these.

  15. Aarti says:

    Wow, the 1st shot is beautiful… the Townhall/palace looks so majestic and huge….

    Envy u for the amt of travelling u do/done

  16. arabesque says:

    thanks for the info bits.
    yes, the cathedral is as breathtaking as it is inside.
    the facade looks okay to me though.
    for someone who likes architecture,
    churches are always one of my faves to visit and appreciate its style.
    again, tnx for the tour.

  17. arabesque says:

    ps: i meant your aachen cathedral post btw.

  18. Elisa says:

    It is true that this town hall is not the most appealing building but the square in front of it is very cute and some of its halls worth the visit . .

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