|cathedral (back right)|
|Lord Mayor||Marcel Philipp (CDU)|
|Governing parties||CDU / Greens|
|Elevation||266 m (873 ft)|
|Population||258,380 (31 December 2009)|
|- Density||1,607 /km2 (4,161 /sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)|
|Area codes||0241 / 02405 / 02407 / 02408|
Aachen (French: Aix-la-Chapelle, Latin: Aquisgranum, Ripuarian: Oche, Dutch: Aken) is a historic spa city in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. It was the favoured residence of Karl de Gross (also known as Charlemagne), and the place of coronation of the Kings of Germany.
It is the westernmost city of Germany, located along its borders with Belgium and the Netherlands, 65 km (40 mi) west of Cologne. RWTH Aachen University, one of the Germany's Universities of Excellence, is located in the city.
- Amtliche Bevölkerungszahlen (German). Landesbetrieb Information und Technik NRW (31 December 2009).
- Bridgwater, W. & Beatrice Aldrich. (1966) The Columbia-Viking Desk Encyclopedia. Columbia University. p11.
- "RWTH" is the abbreviation of "Rheinisch-Westfälische Technische Hochschule", which translates into "Rhine-Westphalian Technical University". The institution is commonly referred to as "RWTH Aachen" or simply "RWTH", with the abbreviation remaining untranslated in other languages to avoid the use of the "Hochschule" term, which is sometimes mistakenly translated as highschool. Sometimes, RWTH Aachen is also referred to as "TH Aachen" or "Aachen University".
Note: The term "FH Aachen" does not refer to the RWTH but to the Fachhochschule Aachen, a university of applied sciences, which is also located in Aachen.
- 2007 statistics of RWTH Aachen University(German; retrieved 2009-04-09)