International equestrian sports, the famous ‘Aachener Printen’-cookies, a World Heritage Site: Aachen, Germany’s westernmost city, possesses a lengthy history dating back 5,000 years that can now be explored in all its facets thanks to the recent launch of a new cultural itinerary, the Route Charlemagne.

Named after Charlemagne, a quick glance at the monumental archaeological showcase in the Elisengarten is testament to Aachen’s long history, which goes as far back as the Romans and even into the Neolithic Age.Visitors can delve into Carolingian times as the mystical silence within Aachen’s cathedral surrounds them, or indulge themselves into the acoustic backdrop of a medieval coronation’s dinner in the historic town hall.