Aachen is a city in western Germany, near the Belgian and Dutch borders. It is the place where 31 Holy Roman Emperors were crowned Kings of the Germans from 936 to 1531.
Aachen is the westernmost city in Germany. It is a university town with a population of nearly 250,000. Landmarks include the cathedral, where Charlemagne, the founder of the Carolingian empire, is buried. The city annually awards the Charlemagne Prize for services to the unification of Europe. Here you can find an automatic compilation of DW content on Aachen.
Germany is best known for traditional Christmas treats like Stollen and Gluhwein. But thanks, in part, to its EU protected food status, a biscuit known as “Printen” is becoming really popular. Printen originates in the city of Aachen and gets its name from the elaborately designed moulds that were used as far back as the 15th century to “print” the gingerbread-like biscuits. Nik Martin has more.
At a private ceremony in the Vatican, Pope Francis has been awarded the Charlemagne Prize of Aachen for his services to Europe. In his speech, the pontiff rebuked Europe for its handling of the refugee crisis.