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Aachen
Aachen
(German pronunciation: [ˈʔaːxən] ( listen)) or Bad Aachen, French and traditional English: Aix-la-Chapelle (French pronunciation: ​[ˌɛkslaʃaˈpɛl]), is a spa and border city[2] in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. Aachen
Aachen
developed from a Roman settlement and spa, subsequently becoming the preferred medieval Imperial residence of Charlemagne,[3] and, from 936 to 1531, the place where 31 Holy Roman Emperors were crowned Kings of the Germans.[4] Aachen
Aachen
is the westernmost city in Germany, located near the borders with Belgium
Belgium
and the Netherlands, 61 km (38 mi) west south west of Cologne[5][6] in a former coal-mining area.[6] One of Germany's leading institutes of higher education in technology, the RWTH Aachen University
RWTH Aachen University
is located in the city.[a][7] Aachen's industries include science, engineering and information technology. In 2009, Aachen
Aachen
was ranked eighth among cities in Germany
Germany
for innovation.[8]

Contents

1 Name

1.1 Aachen
Aachen
dialect

2 History

2.1 Early history 2.2 Middle Ages 2.3 Manuscript production 2.4 16th–18th centuries 2.5 19th century 2.6 20th century

2.6.1 History of Aachen
Aachen
Jews

2.7 21st century

3 Geography

3.1 Climate

4 Geology 5 Demographics

5.1 Boroughs 5.2 Neighbouring communities

6 Main sights

6.1 Aachen
Aachen
Cathedral 6.2 Cathedral Treasury 6.3 Aachen
Aachen
Rathaus 6.4 Other sights

7 Economy

7.1 Electric vehicle manufacturing

8 Culture 9 Education 10 Sports 11 Transport

11.1 Rail 11.2 Intercity bus stations 11.3 Public transport 11.4 Roads 11.5 Airport

12 Charlemagne
Charlemagne
Prize 13 Notable people 14 International relations

14.1 Twin towns and sister cities

15 See also 16 Notes 17 References 18 Sources 19 Further reading 20 External links

Name[edit] The name "Aachen" is a modern descendant, like southern German Ach(e), Aach, meaning "river" or "stream", from Old High German
Old High German
ahha, meaning "water" or "stream", which directly translates (and etymologically corresponds to) Latin
Latin
Aquae, referring to the springs. The location has been inhabited by humans since the Neolithic
Neolithic
era, about 5,000 years ago, attracted to its warm mineral springs. Latin
Latin
Aquae figures in Aachen's Roman name Aquae granni, which meant "waters of Grannus", referring to the Celtic god of healing who was worshipped at the springs.[4][9] This word became Åxhe in Walloon and Aix in French, and subsequently Aix-la-Chapelle after Charlemagne
Charlemagne
had his palatine chapel built there in the late eighth century and then made the city his empire's capital. Aachen's name in French and German evolved in parallel. The city is known by a variety of different names in other languages:

Language Name Pronunciation in IPA

Aachen
Aachen
dialect Oche [ɔːxə]

Catalan Aquisgrà

Czech Cáchy [ˈtsaːxɪ]

Dutch / Low German Aken[10] [ˈaːkən]

French Aix-la-Chapelle[10] [ˌɛkslaʃaˈpɛl]

Italian Aquisgrana [akwizˈɡraːna]

Latin Aquisgrana,[11] Aquae granni[4] Aquis Granum[12]

Limburgish Aoke ['ɔːkə]

Luxembourgish Oochen [ˈɔːxən]

Polish Akwizgran [aˈkvizɡran]

Portuguese Aquisgrano, Aquisgrão [ɐkiʒˈɡɾɐnu], [ɐkiʒˈɡɾɐ̃w̃]

Spanish Aquisgrán[10] [akisˈɣran]

Walloon Åxhe

Aachen
Aachen
dialect[edit] Aachen
Aachen
is at the western end of the Benrath line
Benrath line
that divides High German to the south from the rest of the West Germanic speech area to the north.[13] Aachen's local dialect is called Öcher Platt and belongs to the Ripuarian language. History[edit] See also: Free Imperial City of Aachen
Free Imperial City of Aachen
and Timeline of Aachen Early history[edit] Flint quarries on the Lousberg, Schneeberg, and Königshügel, first used during Neolithic
Neolithic
times (3000–2500 BC), attest to the long occupation of the site of Aachen, as do recent finds under the modern city's Elisengarten pointing to a former settlement from the same period. Bronze Age
Bronze Age
(around 1600 BC) settlement is evidenced by the remains of barrows (burial mounds) found, for example, on the Klausberg. During the Iron Age, the area was settled by Celtic peoples[14] who were perhaps drawn by the marshy Aachen
Aachen
basin's hot sulphur springs where they worshipped Grannus, god of light and healing. Later, the 25-hectare Roman spa resort town of Aquae Granni was, according to legend, founded by Grenus, under Hadrian, around AD 124. Instead, the fictitious founder refers to the Celtic god, and it seems it was the Roman 6th Legion at the start of the 1st century AD that first channelled the hot springs into a spa at Büchel,[5][b] adding at the end of the same century the Münstertherme spa,[15] two water pipelines, and a probable[clarification needed] sanctuary dedicated to Grannus. A kind of forum, surrounded by colonnades, connected the two spa complexes. There was also an extensive residential area, part of it inhabited by a flourishing Jewish
Jewish
community.[16] The Romans built bathhouses near Burtscheid. A temple precinct called Vernenum was built near the modern Kornelimünster/Walheim. Today, remains have been found of three bathhouses,[17] including two fountains in the Elisenbrunnen and the Burtscheid
Burtscheid
bathhouse. Roman civil administration in Aachen
Aachen
broke down between the end of the 4th and beginning of the 5th centuries. Rome withdrew its troops from the area, but the town remained populated. By 470, the town came to be ruled by the Ripuarian Franks[18] and subordinated to their capital, Cologne. Middle Ages[edit]

Construction of Aix-la-Chapelle, by Jean Fouquet

Presentation of the four "Great Relics" during the Aachen
Aachen
pilgrimage, after a 17th-century painting

After Roman times, Pepin the Short
Pepin the Short
had a castle residence built in the town, due to the proximity of the hot springs and also for strategic reasons as it is located between the Rhineland
Rhineland
and northern France.[19] Einhard
Einhard
mentions that in 765–6 Pepin spent both Christmas and Easter at Aquis villa (Et celebravit natalem Domini in Aquis villa et pascha similiter.),[20] ("and [he] celebrated Christmas in the town Aquis, and similarly Easter") which must have been sufficiently equipped to support the royal household for several months. In the year of his coronation as king of the Franks, 768, Charlemagne
Charlemagne
came to spend Christmas at Aachen
Aachen
for the first time.[c] He remained there in a mansion which he may have extended, although there is no source attesting to any significant building activity at Aachen
Aachen
in his time, apart from the building of the Palatine Chapel (since 1930, cathedral) and the Palace. Charlemagne
Charlemagne
spent most winters in Aachen
Aachen
between 792 and his death in 814. Aachen
Aachen
became the focus of his court and the political centre of his empire. After his death, the king was buried in the church which he had built;[22] his original tomb has been lost, while his alleged remains are preserved in the Karlsschrein, the shrine where he was reburied after being declared a saint; his saintliness, however, was never officially acknowledged by the Roman Curia as such. In 936, Otto I was crowned king of East Francia
Francia
in the collegiate church built by Charlemagne. During the reign of Otto II, the nobles revolted and the West Franks, under Lothair,[23] raided Aachen
Aachen
in the ensuing confusion.[24][d] Aachen
Aachen
was attacked again by Odo of Champagne, who attacked the imperial palace while Conrad II was absent. Odo relinquished it quickly and was killed soon afterwards.[25] The palace and town of Aachen
Aachen
had fortifying walls built by order of Emperor Frederick Barbarossa
Frederick Barbarossa
between 1172 and 1176.[17] Over the next 500 years, most kings of Germany
Germany
destined to reign over the Holy Roman Empire
Holy Roman Empire
were crowned in Aachen. The original audience hall built by Charlemagne
Charlemagne
was torn down and replaced by the current city hall in 1330.[e][17] The last king to be crowned here was Ferdinand I in 1531.[5][26] During the Middle Ages, Aachen
Aachen
remained a city of regional importance, due to its proximity to Flanders; it achieved a modest position in the trade in woollen cloths, favoured by imperial privilege. The city remained a free imperial city, subject to the emperor only, but was politically far too weak to influence the policies of any of its neighbours. The only dominion it had was over Burtscheid, a neighbouring territory ruled by a Benedictine
Benedictine
abbess. It was forced to accept that all of its traffic must pass through the " Aachener Reich". Even in the late 18th century the Abbess
Abbess
of Burtscheid
Burtscheid
was prevented from building a road linking her territory to the neighbouring estates of the duke of Jülich; the city of Aachen even deployed its handful of soldiers to chase away the road-diggers. As an imperial city, Aachen
Aachen
held certain political privileges that allowed it to remain independent[clarification needed] of the troubles of Europe for many years. It remained a direct vassal of the Holy Roman Empire throughout most of the Middle Ages. It was also the site of many important church councils, including the Council of 837[27] and the Council of 1166, a council convened by the antipope Paschal III.[6] Manuscript production[edit] Aachen
Aachen
has proved an important site for the production of historical manuscripts. Under Charlemagne's purview, both the Ada Gospels and the Coronation Gospels
Coronation Gospels
may have been produced in Aachen.[28] In addition, quantities of the other texts in the court library were also produced locally. During the reign of Louis the Pious
Louis the Pious
(814–840), substantial quantities of ancient texts were produced at Aachen, including legal manuscripts such as the leges scriptorium group, patristic texts including the five manuscripts of the Bamberg Pliny Group.[28] Finally, under Lothair I
Lothair I
(840–855), texts of outstanding quality were still being produced. This however marked the end of the period of manuscript production at Aachen.[28] 16th–18th centuries[edit]

The siege of Aachen
Aachen
by the Spanish Army of Flanders
Flanders
under Ambrogio Spinola in 1614

View of Aachen
Aachen
in 1690

In 1598, following the invasion of Spanish troops from the Netherlands, Rudolf deposed all Protestant office holders in Aachen and even went as far as expelling them from the city.[29] From the early 16th century, Aachen
Aachen
started to lose its power and influence. First the coronations of emperors were moved from Aachen
Aachen
to Frankfurt. This was followed by the religious wars, and the great fire of 1656.[30] After the destruction of most of the city in 1656, the rebuilding was mostly in the Baroque style.[17] The decline of Aachen culminated in 1794, when the French, led by General Charles Dumouriez,[18] occupied Aachen.[26] By the middle of the 17th century Aachen
Aachen
had become attractive as a spa: not so much because of the effects of the hot springs on the health of its visitors but because Aachen
Aachen
was then – and remained well into the 19th century – a place of high-level prostitution.[citation needed] Traces of this hidden agenda of the city's history are found in the 18th-century guidebooks to Aachen
Aachen
as well as to the other spas. The main indication for visiting patients, ironically, was syphilis; only by the end of the 19th century had rheumatism become the most important object of cures at Aachen
Aachen
and Burtscheid. Aachen
Aachen
was chosen as the site of several important congresses and peace treaties: the first congress of Aachen
Aachen
(often referred to as the Congress of Aix-la-Chapelle in English) on 2 May 1668,[31] leading to the First Treaty of Aachen
Aachen
in the same year which ended the War of Devolution.[32] The second congress ended with the second treaty in 1748, ending the War of the Austrian Succession.[5][33] In 1789, there was a constitutional crisis in the Aachen
Aachen
government,[34] and in 1794 Aachen
Aachen
lost its status as a free imperial city.[17] 19th century[edit] On 9 February 1801, the Peace of Lunéville
Peace of Lunéville
removed the ownership of Aachen
Aachen
and the entire "left bank" of the Rhine from Germany
Germany
and granted it to France.[18] In 1815, control of the town was passed to Prussia, by an act passed by the Congress of Vienna.[17][26] The third congress took place in 1818, to decide the fate of occupied Napoleonic France. By the middle of the 19th century, industrialisation had swept away most of the city's medieval rules of production and commerce, although the entirely corrupt[clarification needed] remains of the city's medieval constitution were kept in place (compare the famous remarks of Georg Forster in his Ansichten vom Niederrhein) until 1801, when Aachen
Aachen
became the "chef-lieu du département de la Roer" in Napoleon's First French Empire. In 1815, after the Napoleonic Wars, the Kingdom of Prussia
Prussia
took over. The city was one of its most socially and politically backward centres until the end of the 19th century.[5] Administered within the Rhine Province, by 1880 the population was 80,000. Starting in 1838, the railway from Cologne
Cologne
to Belgium
Belgium
passed through Aachen.[35] The city suffered extreme overcrowding and deplorable sanitary conditions until 1875, when the medieval fortifications were finally abandoned as a limit to building and new, better housing was built in the east of the city, where sanitary drainage was easiest. In December 1880, the Aachen
Aachen
tramway network was opened, and in 1895 it was electrified.[36] In the 19th century and up to the 1930s, the city was important in the production of railway locomotives and carriages, iron, pins, needles, buttons, tobacco, woollen goods, and silk goods. 20th century[edit]

The modern Elisabethhalle pool

After World War I, Aachen
Aachen
was occupied by the Allies until 1930, along with the rest of German territory west of the Rhine.[26] Aachen
Aachen
was one of the locations involved in the ill-fated Rhenish Republic. On 21 October 1923, an armed band took over the city hall. Similar actions took place in Mönchen-Gladbach, Duisburg, and Krefeld. This republic lasted only about a year.[37] Aachen
Aachen
was heavily damaged during World War II. The city and its fortified surroundings were laid siege to from 12 September to 21 October 1944 by the US 1st Infantry Division[38] with the 3rd Armored Division assisting from the south.[39] Around 13 October the US 2nd Armored Division played their part, coming from the north and getting as close as Würselen,[40] while the 30th Infantry Division played a crucial role in completing the encirclement of Aachen
Aachen
on 16 October 1944.[41] With reinforcements from the US 28th Infantry Division[42] the Battle of Aachen
Battle of Aachen
then continued involving direct assaults through the heavily defended city, which finally forced the German garrison to surrender on 21 October 1944.[38] Aachen
Aachen
was the first German city to be captured by the Allies, and its residents welcomed the soldiers as liberators.[43] The city was destroyed partially – and in some parts completely – during the fighting,[5] mostly by American artillery fire and demolitions carried out by the Waffen-SS
Waffen-SS
defenders. Damaged buildings included the medieval churches of St. Foillan, St. Paul and St. Nicholas, and the Rathaus (city hall), although Aachen Cathedral
Aachen Cathedral
was largely unscathed. Only 4,000 inhabitants remained in the city; the rest had followed evacuation orders. Its first Allied-appointed mayor, Franz Oppenhoff, was assassinated by an SS commando unit. History of Aachen
Aachen
Jews[edit] During the Roman period, Aachen
Aachen
was the site of a flourishing Jewish community. Later, during the Carolingian
Carolingian
empire, a Jewish
Jewish
community lived near the royal palace.[16] In 802, a Jew named Isaac accompanied the ambassador of Charlemagne
Charlemagne
to Harun al-Rashid. During the 13th century, many Jews converted to Christianity, as shown in the records of the Aachen
Aachen
Minster (today's cathedral). In 1486, the Jews of Aachen offered gifts to Maximilian I during his coronation ceremony. In 1629, the Aachen
Aachen
Jewish
Jewish
community was expelled from the city. In 1667, six Jews were allowed to return. Most of the Aachen
Aachen
Jews settled in the nearby town of Burtscheid. On 16 May 1815, the Jewish
Jewish
community of the city offered an homage in its synagogue to the Prussian king, Friedrich Wilhelm III. A Jewish
Jewish
cemetery was acquired in 1851. 1,345 Jews lived in the city in 1933. The synagogue was destroyed during Kristallnacht
Kristallnacht
in 1938. In 1939, after emigration and arrests, 782 Jews remained in the city. After World War II, only 62 Jews lived there. In 2003, 1,434 Jews were living in Aachen. In Jewish
Jewish
texts, the city of Aachen
Aachen
was called Aish, or Ash (אש). 21st century[edit] The city of Aachen
Aachen
has developed into a technology hub as a by-product of hosting one of the leading universities of technology in Germany with the RWTH Aachen
RWTH Aachen
(Rheinisch-Westfälische Technische Hochschule), known especially for mechanical engineering, automotive and manufacturing technology as well as for its research and academic hospital Klinikum Aachen, one of the largest medical facilities in Europe. Geography[edit]

The three-country point, where the borders of Germany, Belgium, and the Netherlands
Netherlands
meet

Aachen
Aachen
is located in the middle of the Meuse–Rhine Euroregion, close to the border tripoint of Germany, the Netherlands, and Belgium. The city of Heerlen
Heerlen
in the Netherlands
Netherlands
lies nearby, as does Eupen, the capital of the German-speaking Community of Belgium, both located about 20 km (12 mi) from Aachen's city centre. Aachen
Aachen
lies near the head of the open valley of the Wurm
Wurm
(which today flows through the city in canalised form), part of the larger basin of the Meuse, and about 30 km (19 mi) north of the High Fens, which form the northern edge of the Eifel
Eifel
uplands of the Rhenish Massif. The maximum dimensions of the city's territory are 21.6 km (13.4 mi) from north to south, and 17.2 km (10.7 mi) from east to west. The city limits are 87.7 km (54.5 mi) long, of which 23.8 km (14.8 mi) border Belgium
Belgium
and 21.8 km (13.5 mi) the Netherlands. The highest point in Aachen, located in the far southeast of the city, lies at an elevation of 410 m above sea level. The lowest point, in the north, and on the border with the Netherlands, is at 125 m. Climate[edit] As the westernmost city in Germany[4] (and close to the Low Countries), Aachen
Aachen
and the surrounding area belongs to a temperate climate zone, with humid weather, mild winters, and warm summers. Because of its location north of the Eifel
Eifel
and the High Fens and its subsequent prevailing westerly weather patterns, rainfall in Aachen (on average 805 mm/year) is comparatively higher than, for example, in Bonn
Bonn
(with 669 mm/year). Another factor in the local weather forces of Aachen
Aachen
is the occurrence of Foehn winds
Foehn winds
on the southerly air currents, which results from the city's geographic location on the northern edge of the Eifel.[44] Because the city is surrounded by hills, it suffers from inversion-related smog. Some areas of the city have become urban heat islands as a result of poor heat exchange, both because of the area's natural geography and from human activity. The city's numerous cold air corridors, which are slated to remain as free as possible from new construction, therefore play an important role in the urban climate of Aachen.[45] The January average is 3.0 °C (37 °F), while the July average is 18.5 °C (65 °F). Precipitation
Precipitation
is almost evenly spread throughout the year.

Climate data for Aachen, Germany
Germany
for 1981–2010 (Source: DWD)

Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year

Record high °C (°F) 16.2 (61.2) 20.2 (68.4) 23.1 (73.6) 28.7 (83.7) 32.8 (91) 34.5 (94.1) 36.7 (98.1) 36.8 (98.2) 32.2 (90) 26.9 (80.4) 22.1 (71.8) 16.8 (62.2) 36.8 (98.2)

Average high °C (°F) 5.4 (41.7) 6.2 (43.2) 10.1 (50.2) 14.1 (57.4) 18.2 (64.8) 20.8 (69.4) 23.3 (73.9) 23.0 (73.4) 19.2 (66.6) 14.8 (58.6) 9.3 (48.7) 5.9 (42.6) 14.2 (57.6)

Daily mean °C (°F) 3.0 (37.4) 3.2 (37.8) 6.4 (43.5) 9.5 (49.1) 13.6 (56.5) 16.2 (61.2) 18.5 (65.3) 18.0 (64.4) 14.6 (58.3) 11.0 (51.8) 6.6 (43.9) 3.7 (38.7) 10.4 (50.7)

Average low °C (°F) 0.7 (33.3) 0.6 (33.1) 3.2 (37.8) 5.5 (41.9) 9.2 (48.6) 11.8 (53.2) 14.1 (57.4) 13.9 (57) 11.2 (52.2) 7.9 (46.2) 4.3 (39.7) 1.5 (34.7) 7.0 (44.6)

Record low °C (°F) −16.4 (2.5) −15.8 (3.6) −9.9 (14.2) −4.7 (23.5) 0.4 (32.7) 3.9 (39) 5.8 (42.4) 6.7 (44.1) 3.8 (38.8) −3.7 (25.3) −7.6 (18.3) −14.3 (6.3) −16.4 (2.5)

Average precipitation mm (inches) 68.1 (2.681) 63.6 (2.504) 67.0 (2.638) 55.7 (2.193) 72.0 (2.835) 80.3 (3.161) 75.2 (2.961) 74.8 (2.945) 69.2 (2.724) 70.1 (2.76) 66.1 (2.602) 74.9 (2.949) 836.8 (32.945)

Mean monthly sunshine hours 63.5 83.0 119.3 163.4 195.6 196.6 208.5 195.7 149.3 120.4 71.0 50.2 1,616.5

Source: Data derived from Deutscher Wetterdienst[46]

Geology[edit]

Layered sandstone and claystone formation from the Devonian
Devonian
period below St. Adalbert Church in Aachen

The geology of Aachen
Aachen
is very structurally heterogeneous. The oldest occurring rocks in the area surrounding the city originate from the Devonian
Devonian
period and include carboniferous sandstone, greywacke, claystone and limestone. These formations are part of the Rhenish Massif, north of the High Fens. In the Pennsylvanian subperiod of the Carboniferous
Carboniferous
geological period, these rock layers were narrowed and folded as a result of the Variscan orogeny. After this event, and over the course of the following 200 million years, this area has been continuously flattened.[47] During the Cretaceous
Cretaceous
period, the ocean penetrated the continent from the direction of the North Sea
North Sea
up to the mountainous area near Aachen, bringing with it clay, sand, and chalk deposits. While the clay (which was the basis for a major pottery industry in nearby Raeren) is mostly found in the lower areas of Aachen, the hills of the Aachen Forest
Aachen Forest
and the Lousberg were formed from upper Cretaceous
Cretaceous
sand and chalk deposits. More recent sedimentation is mainly located in the north and east of Aachen
Aachen
and was formed through tertiary and quaternary river and wind activities. Along the major thrust fault of the Variscan orogeny, there are over 30 thermal springs in Aachen
Aachen
and Burtscheid. Additionally, the subsurface of Aachen
Aachen
is traversed by numerous active faults that belong to the Rurgraben fault system, which has been responsible for numerous earthquakes in the past, including the 1756 Düren earthquake[48] and the 1992 Roermond earthquake,[49] which was the strongest earthquake ever recorded in the Netherlands. Demographics[edit]

Age distribution of Aachen's population next to Germany's (2014)

Aachen
Aachen
has 245,885 inhabitants (as of 31 December 2015), of whom 118,272 are female, and 127,613 are male.[50] The unemployment rate in the city is, as of April 2012, 9.7 percent.[51] At the end of 2009, the foreign-born residents of Aachen made up 13.6 percent of the total population.[52] A significant portion of foreign residents are students at the RWTH Aachen University.[53]

Year Population

1994 246,570[54]

2007 247,740[21]

2011 238,665[50]

2014 243,336[50]

2015 245,885[50]

Largest groups of foreign residents

Nationality Population (2013)

 Turkey 6,478

 Poland 1,758

 China 1,651

 Netherlands 1,586

 Greece 1,512

 Romania 1,025

Boroughs[edit] The city is divided into seven administrative districts, or boroughs, each with its own district council, district leader, and district authority. The councils are elected locally by those who live within the district, and these districts are further subdivided into smaller sections for statistical purposes, with each sub-district named by a two-digit number. The districts of Aachen, including their constituent statistical districts, are:

Aachen-Mitte: 10 Markt, 13 Theater, 14 Lindenplatz, 15 St. Jakob, 16 Westpark, 17 Hanbruch, 18 Hörn, 21 Ponttor, 22 Hansemannplatz, 23 Soers, 24 Jülicher Straße, 25 Kalkofen, 31 Kaiserplatz, 32 Adalbertsteinweg, 33 Panneschopp, 34 Rothe Erde, 35 Trierer Straße, 36 Frankenberg, 37 Forst, 41 Beverau, 42 Burtscheid
Burtscheid
Kurgarten, 43 Burtscheid
Burtscheid
Abbey, 46 Burtscheid
Burtscheid
Steinebrück, 47 Marschiertor, 48 Hangeweiher Brand: 51 Brand Eilendorf: 52 Eilendorf Haaren: 53 Haaren (including Verlautenheide) Kornelimünster/Walheim: 61 Kornelimünster, 62 Oberforstbach, 63 Walheim Laurensberg: 64 Vaalserquartier, 65 Laurensberg Richterich: 88 Richterich

Regardless of official statistical designations, there are 50 neighbourhoods and communities within Aachen, here arranged by district:

Aachen-Mitte: Beverau, Bildchen, Burtscheid, Forst, Frankenberg, Grüne Eiche, Hörn, Lintert, Pontviertel, Preuswald, Ronheide, Rosviertel, Rothe Erde, Stadtmitte, Steinebrück, West Brand: Brand, Eich, Freund, Hitfeld, Niederforstbach Eilendorf: Eilendorf, Nirm Haaren: Haaren, Hüls, Verlautenheide Kornelimünster/Walheim: Friesenrath, Hahn, Kitzenhaus, Kornelimünster, Krauthausen, Lichtenbusch, Nütheim, Oberforstbach, Sief, Schleckheim, Schmithof, Walheim Laurensberg: Gut Kullen, Kronenberg, Laurensberg, Lemiers, Melaten, Orsbach, Seffent, Soers, Steppenberg, Vaalserquartier, Vetschau Richterich: Horbach, Huf, Richterich

Neighbouring communities[edit] The following cities and communities border Aachen, clockwise from the northwest: Herzogenrath, Würselen, Eschweiler, Stolberg and Roetgen (which are all in the district of Aachen); Raeren, Kelmis
Kelmis
and Plombières
Plombières
(Lüttich Province in Belgium) as well as Vaals, Gulpen-Wittem, Simpelveld, Heerlen
Heerlen
and Kerkrade
Kerkrade
(all in Limburg Province in the Netherlands). Main sights[edit] Aachen
Aachen
Cathedral[edit]

Aachen
Aachen
Cathedral

Aachen Cathedral
Aachen Cathedral
was erected on the orders of Charlemagne
Charlemagne
in AD 796[6] and was, on completion, in 798,[55] the largest cathedral north of the Alps. It was modelled after the Basilica of San Vitale, in Ravenna, Italy,[26] and was built by Odo of Metz.[6] Charlemagne
Charlemagne
also desired for the chapel to compete with the Lateran Palace, both in quality and authority.[56] It was originally built in the Carolingian
Carolingian
style, including marble covered walls, and mosaic inlay on the dome.[57] On his death, Charlemagne's remains were interred in the cathedral and can be seen there to this day. The cathedral was extended several times in later ages, turning it into a curious and unique mixture of building styles. The throne and gallery portion date from the Ottonian, with portions of the original opus sectile floor still visible.[57] The 13th century saw gables being added to the roof, and after the fire of 1656, the dome was rebuilt. Finally, a choir was added around the start of the 15th century[22] After, Frederick Barbarossa canonised Charlemagne, in 1165, the chapel became a destination for pilgrims.[22] For 600 years, from 936 to 1531, Aachen Cathedral was the church of coronation for 30 German kings and 12 queens. The church built by Charlemagne
Charlemagne
is still the main attraction of the city.[58] In addition to holding the remains of its founder, it became the burial place of his successor Otto III. In the upper chamber of the gallery, Charlemagne's marble throne is housed.[59] Aachen Cathedral
Aachen Cathedral
has been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.[60] Most of the marble and columns used in the construction of the cathedral were brought from Rome and Ravenna, including the sarcophagus that Charlemagne
Charlemagne
was eventually laid to rest in.[56] A bronze bear from Gaul
Gaul
was placed inside, along with an equestrian statue from Ravenna, believed to be Theodric. These were in contrast to a wolf and a statue of Marcus Aurelius
Marcus Aurelius
in the Capitoline.[56] Bronze pieces such as the doors and railings were cast in a local foundry, some of which have survived to the present. Finally, there is uncertainty surrounding the bronze pine cone in the chapel, and where it was created. Wherever it was made, it was also a parallel to a piece in Rome, this in Old St. Peter's Basilica.[56] Cathedral Treasury[edit]

Cross of Lothair, Aachen Cathedral
Aachen Cathedral
Treasury

Aachen Cathedral
Aachen Cathedral
Treasury has housed, throughout its history, a collection of liturgical objects. The origin of this church treasure is in dispute as some say Charlemagne
Charlemagne
himself endowed his chapel with the original collection, while the rest were collected over time. Others say all of the objects were collected over time, from such places as Jerusalem
Jerusalem
and Constantinople.[56] The location of this treasury has moved over time and was unknown until the 15th century when it was located in the Matthiaskapelle (St. Matthew's Chapel) until 1873, when it was moved to the Karlskapelle (Charles' Chapel). From there it was moved to the Hungarian Chapel in 1881 and in 1931 to its present location next to the Allerseelenkapelle (Poor Souls' Chapel).[56] Only six of the original Carolingian
Carolingian
objects have remained, and of those only three are left in Aachen: the Aachen Gospels, a diptych of Christ, and an early Byzantine silk. The Coronation Gospels
Coronation Gospels
and a reliquary burse of St. Stephen
St. Stephen
were moved to Vienna
Vienna
in 1798 and the Talisman of Charlemagne
Charlemagne
was given as a gift in 1804 to Josephine Bonaparte
Josephine Bonaparte
and subsequently to Rheims Cathedral.[56] 210 documented pieces have been added to the treasury since its inception, typically to receive in return legitimisation of linkage to the heritage of Charlemagne. The Lothar Cross, the Gospels of Otto III and multiple additional Byzantine silks were donated by Otto III. Part of the Pala d'Oro and a covering for the Aachen
Aachen
Gospels were made of gold donated by Henry II.[56] Frederick Barbarossa
Frederick Barbarossa
donated the candelabrum that adorns the dome and also once "crowned" the Shrine of Charlemagne, which was placed underneath in 1215. Charles IV donated a pair of reliquaries. Louis XI
Louis XI
gave, in 1475, the crown of Margaret of York, and, in 1481, another arm reliquary of Charlemagne. Maximilian I and Charles V both gave numerous works of art by Hans von Reutlingen.[56] Continuing the tradition, objects continued to be donated until the present, each indicative of the period of its gifting, with the last documented gift being a chalice from 1960 made by Ewald Mataré.[56] Aachen
Aachen
Rathaus[edit]

Aachen Rathaus
Aachen Rathaus
seen from the south

The Aachen
Aachen
Rathaus, English Aachen
Aachen
City Hall or Aachen
Aachen
Town Hall, dated from 1330,[21] lies between two central squares, the Markt (marketplace) and the Katschhof (between city hall and cathedral). The coronation hall is on the first floor of the building. Inside you can find five frescoes by the Aachen
Aachen
artist Alfred Rethel
Alfred Rethel
which show legendary scenes from the life of Charlemagne, as well as Charlemagne's signature. Also, precious replicas of the Imperial Regalia are kept here.[59] Since 2009, the city hall has been a station on the Route Charlemagne, a tour programme by which historical sights of Aachen
Aachen
are presented to visitors. At the city hall, a museum exhibition explains the history and art of the building and gives a sense of the historical coronation banquets that took place there. A portrait of Napoleon
Napoleon
from 1807 by Louis-André-Gabriel Bouchet
Louis-André-Gabriel Bouchet
and one of his wife Joséphine from 1805 by Robert Lefèvre
Robert Lefèvre
are viewable as part of the tour. As before, the city hall is the seat of the mayor of Aachen
Aachen
and of the city council, and annually the Charlemagne
Charlemagne
Prize is awarded there. Other sights[edit] The Grashaus, a late medieval house at the Fischmarkt, is one of the oldest non-religious buildings in downtown Aachen. It hosted the city archive, and before that, the Grashaus was the former city hall until the present building took over this function. The Elisenbrunnen is one of the most famous sights of Aachen. It is a neo-classical hall covering one of the city's famous fountains. It is just a minute away from the cathedral. Just a few steps in a south-easterly direction lies the 19th-century theatre. Also of note are two remaining city gates, the Ponttor
Ponttor
(Pont gate), half a mile northwest of the cathedral, and the Marschiertor (marching gate), close to the central railway station. There are also a few parts of both medieval city walls left, most of them integrated into more recent buildings, but some others still visible. There are even five towers left, some of which are used for housing. St. Michael's Church, Aachen
St. Michael's Church, Aachen
was built as a church of the Aachen Jesuit Collegium in 1628. It is attributed to the Rhine mannerism and a sample of a local Renaissance-architecture. The rich façade remained unfinished until 1891 when the historistic architect Peter Friedrich Peters added to it. The church is a Greek Orthodox church today, but the building is used also for concerts because of its good acoustics. The Jewish
Jewish
synagogue in Aachen
Aachen
which was destroyed on the Night of Broken Glass (Kristallnacht), 9 November 1938, was reinaugurated on 18 May 1995.[61][62] One of the contributors for the reconstructions of the synagogue was Jürgen Linden, the Lord Mayor
Lord Mayor
of Aachen
Aachen
from 1989 to 2009. There are numerous other notable churches and monasteries, a few remarkable 17th- and 18th-century buildings in the particular Baroque style typical of the region, a Jewish
Jewish
synagogue, a collection of statues and monuments, park areas, cemeteries, among others. Among the museums in the town are the Suermondt-Ludwig Museum, which has a fine sculpture collection and the Aachen
Aachen
Museum of the International Press, which is dedicated to newspapers from the 16th century to the present.[63] The area's industrial history is reflected in dozens of 19th- and early 20th-century manufacturing sites in the city.

Grashaus

Elisenbrunnen in Aachen

Aachen
Aachen
Theatre

Neues Kurhaus

Carolus Thermen, thermal baths named after Charlemagne

A statue commemorating David Hansemann

Economy[edit]

Ford Research Center, Aachen

There have been a number of spin-offs from the university's IT technology department. Aachen
Aachen
is the administrative centre for the coal-mining industries in neighbouring places to the northeast.[17] Products manufactured in Aachen
Aachen
include electrical goods, textiles, foodstuffs (chocolate and candy), glass, machinery, rubber products, furniture, metal products.[54] Also in and around[clarification needed] Aachen
Aachen
is the production of chemicals, plastics, cosmetics, and needles and pins.[26] Though once a major player in Aachen's economy, today glassware and textile production make up only 10% of total manufacturing jobs in the city.[10] Electric vehicle manufacturing[edit]

StreetScooter
StreetScooter
Work as DHL delivery van (2016)

In June 2010, Achim Kampker, together with Günther Schuh, founded a small company to develop Street Scooter GmbH; in August 2014, it was renamed StreetScooter
StreetScooter
GmbH. This was a privately organised research initiative at the RWTH Aachen University
RWTH Aachen University
which later became an independent company in Aachen. Kampker was also the founder and chairman of the European Network for Affordable and Sustainable Electromobility. In May 2014, the company announced that the city of Aachen, the city council Aachen
Aachen
and the savings bank Aachen
Aachen
had ordered electric vehicles from the company. In late 2014, approximately 70 employees were manufacturing 200 vehicles annually in the premises of the Waggonfabrik Talbot, the former Talbot/Bombardier plant in Aachen.[64] In December 2014 Deutsche Post
Deutsche Post
DHL Group purchased the StreetScooter company, which became its wholly owned subsidiary.[65] By April 2016, the company announced that it would produce 2000 of its electric vans branded Work in Aachen
Aachen
by the end of the year. In April 2016, StreetScooter
StreetScooter
GmbH announced that it would be scaling up to manufacture approximately 10,000 of the Work vehicles annually, starting in 2017, also in Aachen.[66] If that goal is achieved, it will become the largest electric light utility vehicle manufacturer in Europe, surpassing Renault which makes the smaller Kangoo Z.E..[67] Culture[edit]

Aachen
Aachen
is also famous for its carnival (Karneval, Fasching), in which families dress in colourful costumes

In 1372, Aachen
Aachen
became the first coin-minting city in the world to regularly place an Anno Domini
Anno Domini
date on a general circulation coin, a groschen. The Scotch-Club in Aachen
Aachen
was the first discothèque; it has been open since 19 October 1959. Klaus Quirini as DJ Heinrich was the first DJ ever. The thriving Aachen
Aachen
black metal scene is among the most notable in Germany, with such bands as Nagelfar, The Ruins of Beverast, Graupel and Verdunkeln. The local speciality of Aachen
Aachen
is an originally hard type of sweet bread, baked in large flat loaves, called Aachener Printen. Unlike Lebkuchen, a German form of gingerbread sweetened with honey, Printen use a syrup made from sugar. Today, a soft version is sold under the same name which follows an entirely different recipe. Education[edit]

The main building of RWTH Aachen
RWTH Aachen
University

Typical Aachen
Aachen
street with early 20th-century Gründerzeit
Gründerzeit
houses

Another example of Aachen
Aachen
early 20th-century Gründerzeit
Gründerzeit
houses

RWTH Aachen
RWTH Aachen
University, established as Polytechnicum in 1870, is one of Germany's Universities of Excellence with strong emphasis on technological research, especially for electrical and mechanical engineering, computer sciences, physics, and chemistry. The university clinic attached to the RWTH, the Klinikum Aachen, is the biggest single-building hospital in Europe.[68] Over time, a host of software and computer industries have developed around the university. It also maintains a botanical garden (the Botanischer Garten Aachen). FH Aachen, Aachen
Aachen
University of Applied Sciences (AcUAS) was founded in 1971. The AcUAS offers a classic engineering education in professions such as mechatronics, construction engineering, mechanical engineering or electrical engineering. German and international students are educated in more than 20 international or foreign-oriented programmes and can acquire German as well as international degrees (Bachelor/Master) or Doppelabschlüsse (double degrees). Foreign students account for more than 21% of the student body. The Katholische Hochschule Nordrhein-Westfalen – Abteilung Aachen (Catholic University of Applied Sciences Northrhine-Westphalia – Aachen
Aachen
department)[69] offers its some 750 students a variety of degree programmes: social work, childhood education, nursing, and co-operative management. It also has the only programme of study in Germany
Germany
especially designed for mothers.[70] The Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln ( Cologne
Cologne
University of Music) is one of the world's foremost performing arts schools and one of the largest music institutions for higher education in Europe[71] with one of its three campuses in Aachen.[72] The Aachen
Aachen
campus substantially contributes to the Opera/Musical Theatre master's programme by collaborating with the Theater Aachen
Theater Aachen
and the recently established musical theatre chair through the Rheinische Opernakademie. The German Army's Technical School (Ausbildungszentrum Technik Landsysteme) is in Aachen.[73] Sports[edit]

New Tivoli, home ground of Alemannia Aachen

The annual CHIO (short for the French term Concours Hippique International Officiel) is the biggest equestrian meeting of the world and among horsemen is considered to be as prestigious for equitation as the tournament of Wimbledon for tennis. Aachen
Aachen
hosted the 2006 FEI World Equestrian Games. The local football team Alemannia Aachen
Alemannia Aachen
had a short run-out in Germany's first division, after its promotion in 2006. However, the team could not sustain its status and is now back in the fourth division. The stadium "Tivoli", opened in 1928, served as the venue for the team's home games and was well known for its incomparable atmosphere throughout the whole of the second division.[74] Before the old stadium's demolition in 2011, it was used by amateurs, whilst the Bundesliga
Bundesliga
Club held its games in the new stadium "Neuer Tivoli" – meaning New Tivoli—a couple of metres down the road. The building work for the stadium which has a capacity of 32,960, began in May 2008 and was completed by the beginning of 2009. The city's biggest tennis club, "TC Grün Weiss", annually hosts the ATP Tournament. The Ladies in Black women's volleyball team (part of the "PTSV Aachen" sports club since 2013) has played in the first German volleyball league (DVL) since 2008. Transport[edit] Rail[edit] Aachen's railway station, the Hauptbahnhof (Central Station), was constructed in 1841 for the Cologne– Aachen
Aachen
railway line. In 1905 it was moved closer to the city centre. It serves main lines to Cologne, Mönchengladbach
Mönchengladbach
and Liège
Liège
as well as branch lines to Heerlen, Alsdorf, Stolberg and Eschweiler. ICE high speed trains from Brussels via Cologne
Cologne
to Frankfurt
Frankfurt
am Main and Thalys
Thalys
trains from Paris to Cologne
Cologne
also stop at Aachen
Aachen
Central Station. Four RE lines and two RB lines connect Aachen
Aachen
with the Ruhrgebiet, Mönchengladbach, Spa (Belgium), Düsseldorf
Düsseldorf
and the Siegerland. The Euregiobahn, a regional railway system, reaches several minor cities in the Aachen
Aachen
region. There are four smaller stations in Aachen: Aachen
Aachen
West, Aachen
Aachen
Schanz, Aachen- Rothe Erde
Rothe Erde
and Eilendorf. Slower trains stop at these. Aachen West has gained in importance with the expansion of RWTH Aachen University. Intercity bus stations[edit] There are two stations for intercity bus services in Aachen: Aachen West station, in the north-west of the city, and Aachen
Aachen
Wilmersdorfer Straße, in the north-east.[75] Public transport[edit]

Bi-articulated bus
Bi-articulated bus
of the city's transit authority ASEAG, at the university hospital bus stop

The first horse tram line in Aachen
Aachen
opened in December 1880. After electrification in 1895, it was with maximal 213.5 kilometres (132.7 mi) in 1915 the fourth-longest tram system in Germany. Many tram lines extended to the surrounding towns of Herzogenrath, Stolberg, Alsdorf
Alsdorf
as well as the Belgian and Dutch communes of Vaals, Kelmis
Kelmis
(then Altenberg) and Eupen. The Aachen tram
Aachen tram
system was linked with the Belgian national interurban tram system. Like many tram systems in Western Europe, the Aachen tram
Aachen tram
suffered from not well-maintained infrastructure and was so deemed unnecessary and disrupting for car drivers by local politics. On 28 September 1974 the last line 15 (Vaals–Brand) operated for one last day and was then replaced by buses. A proposal to reinstate a tram/light rail system under the name Campusbahn was dropped after a referendum. Today, the ASEAG ( Aachener Straßenbahn und Energieversorgungs-AG, literally " Aachen tram
Aachen tram
and power supply company") operates an 1,240.8 kilometres (771.0 mi) long bus network with 68 bus routes. Because of the location at the border, many bus routes extend to Belgium
Belgium
and the Netherlands. Lines 14 to Eupen, Belgium
Belgium
and 44 to Heerlen, Netherlands
Netherlands
are jointly operated with Transport en Commun and Veolia Transport Nederland, respectively. ASEAG is one of the main participants in the Aachener Verkehrsverbund, a tariff association in the region. Roads[edit] Aachen
Aachen
is connected to the Autobahn
Autobahn
A4 (West-East), A44 (North-South) and A544 (a smaller motorway from the A4 to the Europaplatz near the city centre). There are plans to eliminate traffic jams at the Aachen road interchange. Airport[edit] Maastricht Aachen Airport
Maastricht Aachen Airport
(IATA: MST, ICAO: EHBK) is the main airport of Aachen
Aachen
and Maastricht. It is located around 15 NM (28 km; 17 mi) northwest of Aachen. There is a shuttle-service between Aachen
Aachen
and the airport. Charlemagne
Charlemagne
Prize[edit] Main article: Charlemagne
Charlemagne
Prize

Chancellor of Germany
Germany
Angela Merkel, wearing the Charlemagne
Charlemagne
Prize awarded to her in 2008

Since 1950, a committee of Aachen
Aachen
citizens annually awards the Charlemagne
Charlemagne
Prize (German: Karlspreis) to personalities of outstanding service to the unification of Europe. It is traditionally awarded on Ascension Day
Ascension Day
at the City Hall. In 2016, the Charlemagne
Charlemagne
Award was awarded to Pope Francis. The International Charlemagne
Charlemagne
Prize of Aachen
Aachen
was awarded in the year 2000 to US president Bill Clinton, for his special personal contribution to co-operation with the states of Europe, for the preservation of peace, freedom, democracy and human rights in Europe, and for his support of the enlargement of the European Union. In 2004, Pope John Paul II's efforts to unite Europe were honoured with an "Extraordinary Charlemagne
Charlemagne
Medal", which was awarded for the only time ever. Notable people[edit] Main article: List of people from Aachen International relations[edit] See also: List of twin towns and sister cities in Germany Twin towns and sister cities[edit] Aachen
Aachen
is twinned with:[76][77]

Liège, Belgium
Belgium
(since 1955) Montebourg, France (since 1960)[78] Reims, France (1967)[77] Halifax, West Yorkshire, England (1979)[77] Toledo, Spain
Toledo, Spain
(1985)[77] Ningbo, China
China
(1986)[77] Naumburg, Germany
Germany
(1988) Arlington County, Virginia, US (1993)[77] Cape Town, South Africa (1999) Kladno, Czech Republic (2001)[79] Kostroma, Russia (2005) Baltimore, County Cork, Ireland (2010) Sariyer, Turkey
Turkey
(2013) Cape Town, South Africa (2017) [80]

See also[edit]

Germany
Germany
portal

Aachen
Aachen
(district) Aachen
Aachen
Prison Aachen
Aachen
tram Aachener Aachener Bachverein List of mayors of Aachen Treaty of Aix-la-Chapelle (other) Maastricht
Maastricht
Aachen
Aachen
Airport

Notes[edit]

^ "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 high school. Sometimes, RWTH Aachen is also referred to as "TH Aachen" or " Aachen
Aachen
University". However, the term "FH Aachen" does not refer to the RWTH but to the Fachhochschule Aachen, a university of applied sciences, which is also in Aachen. ^ This audio file is Andreas Schaub explaining the archaeological record in court in Archäologie am Hof. ^ This is in dispute, as some history books state that Charlemagne
Charlemagne
was in fact born in Aachen
Aachen
in 742.[21] ^ This was between 970 and 980.[23] ^ Sources differ on the age of the city hall, as the dates used for the construction were 1334–1349.[17]

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Hunt, Frederick Knight (1845). "Interchapter – Aix-la-Chapelle". The Rhine: Its Scenery, and Historical and Legendary Associations. London, UK: Jeremiah How. pp. 77–83. LCCN 04028368.  Murray, John (1845) [1837]. A Hand-book for Travellers on the Continent: Being a Guide Through Holland, Belgium, Prussia, and Northern Germany, and Along the Rhine, from Holland to Switzerland (5th ed.). London, UK: John Murray and Son. pp. 216–222. LCCN 14015908.  Baedeker, Karl (1911) [1868]. The Rhine, including the Black Forest & the Vosges. Baedeker's Guide Books (17th ed.). Leipzig, Germany: Karl Baedeker, Publishers. pp. 12–15. LCCN 11015867.  Bischoff, Bernhard (1981). "Die Hofbibliothek Karls des Grossen [The Court Library of Charlemagne] and Die Hofbibliothek unter Ludwig dem Frommen [The Court Library under Louis the Pious]". Mittelalterliche Studien [Medieval Studies] (in German). III. Stuttgart, Germany: A. Hiersemann. pp. 149–186.  Braunfels, Wolfgang; Schnitzler, H., eds. (1966). Karl der Grosse: Lebenswerk und Nachleben [Charlemagne: Lifetime and Legacy] (in German). Düsseldorf, Germany: L. Schwann. LCCN 66055599.  Cüppers, von Heinz (1982). Aquae Granni: Beiträge zur Archäologie von Aachen: Rheinische Ausgrabungen [Aquae Granni: Contributions to Archaeology of Aachen: Excavations of the Rhineland] (in German). Cologne, Germany: Rheinland-verlag. ISBN 3-7927-0313-0. LCCN 82178009.  Faymonville, D. (1916). Die Kunstdenkmäler der Stadt Aachen
Aachen
[The Monuments of the City of Aachen] (in German). Düsseldorf, Germany: L. Schwann.  Grimme, Ernst Günther (1972). Der Aachener Domschatz [The Aachen Cathedral Treasury]. Aachener Kunstblätter [Written Works on Aachen] (in German). Düsseldorf, Germany: L. Schwann. LCCN 72353488.  Kaemmerer, Walter (1955). Geschichtliches Aachen: Von Werden und Wesen einer Reichsstadt [History of Aachen: From Will and Essence of an Imperial City] (in German). Aachen, Germany: M. Brimberg. LCCN 56004784.  Koehler, Wilhelm Reinhold Walter (1958). Die karolingischen Miniaturen [The Carolingian
Carolingian
Miniatures] (in German). II-IV. Berlin, Germany: B. Cassirer. LCCN 57050855.  McKitterick, Rosamond (1990). " Carolingian
Carolingian
Uncial: A Context for the Lothar Psalter" (PDF). The British Library Journal. British Library. 16 (1): 1–15. 

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Rural districts

Aachen Borken Coesfeld Düren Ennepe-Ruhr-Kreis Euskirchen Gütersloh Heinsberg Herford Hochsauerlandkreis Höxter Kleve (Cleves) Lippe Märkischer Kreis Mettmann Minden-Lübbecke Oberbergischer Kreis Olpe Paderborn Recklinghausen Rheinisch-Bergischer Kreis Rhein-Erft-Kreis Rhein-Kreis Neuss Rhein-Sieg-Kreis Siegen-Wittgenstein Soest Steinfurt Unna Viersen Warendorf Wesel

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Free Imperial Cities as of 1648

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BaselS BernS Besançon Brakel Cambrai Diessenhofen Donauwörth Duisburg Düren Gelnhausen HagenauD Herford KaysersbergD KolmarD Konstanz LandauD Lemgo LucerneS Mainz Metz MunsterD ObernaiD Pfeddersheim Rheinfelden RosheimD St. GallenS Sarrebourg SchaffhausenS Schmalkalden SchlettstadtD SoestH SolothurnS Straßburg Toul TurckheimD Verden Verdun Warburg Weißenburg in ElsaßD ZürichS

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