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panoramic view of Aachen, including Kaiser Karls Gymnasium (foreground), townhall (back center) and cathedral (back right)
panoramic view of Aachen, including Kaiser Karls Gymnasium (foreground), townhall (back center) and cathedral (back right)
Coat of arms of Aachen
Aachen is located in Germany
Coordinates 50°46′31″N 6°4′58″E / 50.77528°N 6.08278°E / 50.77528; 6.08278
Country Germany
State North Rhine-Westphalia
Admin. region Cologne
District Aachen
Lord Mayor Marcel Philipp (CDU)
Governing parties CDUGreens
Basic statistics
Area 160.83 km2
Elevation 266 m  (873 ft)
Population 258,380 (31 December 2009)[1]
 - Density 1,607 /km2 (4,161 /sq mi)
Other information
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Licence plate AC
Postal codes 52062–52080
Area codes 0241 / 02405 / 02407 / 02408
Website www.aachen.de

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.[2] RWTH Aachen University, one of the Germany's Universities of Excellence, is located in the city.[3][4]

See also


  1. Amtliche Bevölkerungszahlen (German). Landesbetrieb Information und Technik NRW (31 December 2009).
  2. Bridgwater, W. & Beatrice Aldrich. (1966) The Columbia-Viking Desk Encyclopedia. Columbia University. p11.
  3. "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.
  4. 2007 statistics of RWTH Aachen University(German; retrieved 2009-04-09)
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