North Aachen Walking Tour (Self Guided), Aachen

The northern part of Aachen is home to many valuable attractions, including a historic gate and tower, beautiful fountains, art museums, old churches and other sites. Walking in this city’s area, you will see many interesting buildings representing German architecture. This walking tour is the perfect opportunity to discover Aachen’s northern area.
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North Aachen Walking Tour Map

Guide Name: North Aachen Walking Tour
Guide Location: Germany » Aachen (See other walking tours in Aachen)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 8
Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.3 Km or 2.1 Miles
Author: leticia
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Europaplatz
  • Ludwig Forum for International Art
  • St. Elisabeth Church
  • NAK (New Aachen Art Association)
  • Hotmannspief
  • St. Mary's Tower (Marienturm)
  • Holy Cross Church
  • Ponttor

1) Europaplatz

Europaplatz is located in the northeastern part of the Aachen city centre. In the middle of the roundabout you will see a striking, large fountain and the flags of the 27 Member States of the European Union raised around it. When the sun goes down, the fountain with its night lights presents a splendid view and welcomes all travelers, from the direction of Cologne, the Netherlands and Belgium.
Ludwig Forum for International Art

2) Ludwig Forum for International Art (must see)

The Ludwig Forum für Internationale Kunst is a museum of modern art. It is located in a former industrial building that was once an umbrella factory, designed in Bauhaus style and built in 1928.

The museum contains exemplary major works of American pop art and photorealism. It also displays the development of European art from the early 1960s to the present day. Its permanent collection includes works by Nam June Paik, Horst Antes, Roy Lichtenstein, and Jörg Immendorff, as well as a large collection of Cuban works. The museum also displays works by well-known contemporary artists, as well as hosting exhibitions of local artists, e.g. an exhibition about tiles in 2007.

Opening hours: Tuesday — Saturday: 10 am - 5 pm; Sunday: 10 am - 8 pm
Sight description based on wikipedia
St. Elisabeth Church

3) St. Elisabeth Church

St. Elisabeth Church is situated in the northern part of Aachen, near the Ludwig Forum for International Art. This religious building was constructed at the beginning of the 19th century and is a Catholic church. Several years after its construction, in 1912, the first church choir was founded.
NAK (New Aachen Art Association)

4) NAK (New Aachen Art Association)

NAK - New Aachen Art Association or Neue Aachener Kunstverein is situated on Paßstraße, near the Carolus Thermal Baths. It was founded in 1986 and represents a young art association, which has an important cultural significance. The permanent exhibition shows the history of international contemporary art. It often houses innovative exhibitions and cultural activities and events, dedicated to contemporary regional, national and international art. Check out its web site for temporary exhibitions and events.

5) Hotmannspief

Hotmannspief (Hotmannspiif) is situated on Alexanderstraße and is one of the city’s monuments and historic fountains. It was created in the form of an obelisk in 1825 by architect Adam Friedrich Franz Leydel. The monument was erected in 1830 and features four cast-iron, gilded figures on all sides, holding cans in both hands, from which water flows into a round catch basin on the front sides. Under the figures you can see four lion mouths. It is not quite clear as to why this fountain has such a name; perhaps, it was once the property of a family or a company bearing the same name.
St. Mary's Tower (Marienturm)

6) St. Mary's Tower (Marienturm)

St. Mary's Tower or Marienturm is also known as Marienburg and is situated in the northern part of Aachen. The tower was built approximately between 1257 and 1350 as a watchtower and was adjacent in construction to the glorious city walls. It represents one of the few surviving towers of the former city walls. The groundbreaking ceremony took place on August 14, 1512, the day before the Assumption, hence the name of the tower. During the Second World War the tower was severely damaged and was rebuilt between 1950 and 1955. Inside you will find a memorial to the war victims of both world wars - a stone sarcophagus, created by artist Mathias C. Korr in 1933.
Holy Cross Church

7) Holy Cross Church

Holy Cross Church or Pfarrkirche Heilig Kreuz is situated on Pontstraße, close to the former city gate Ponttor. The first church was built in 1372 with a chapel. Later, the original structure was rebuilt several times. It was damaged during the Second World War. The second parish church was built in the spirit of historicism according to the plans of Joseph Buchkremer. This cross-shaped basilica houses sculptures of the Virgin Mary, St. John and St. Helena. It is also home to many art treasures, including numerous religious objects from the 15th to the 20th Century.

8) Ponttor (must see)

Ponttor is another prominent landmark of the city, located near the Holy Cross Church. It is the easternmost of the two northern gates preserved from the Aachen Medieval city wall. The Ponttor was built in 1320 to protect the city and is a three-storey gateway with two small towers and the main portal in between. In wartime it was used for defense purposes. This historic construction was built from limestone. At the top of the main gate’s arch you will see the figure of the Virgin, which protects the city. Today, the Ponttor is used by German Youth and Scout groups belonging to the German Scount Club (1945) and the German Scout Association Saint George.
Sight description based on wikipedia

Walking Tours in Aachen, Germany

Create Your Own Walk in Aachen

Create Your Own Walk in Aachen

Creating your own self-guided walk in Aachen is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Aachen Shopping Tour

Aachen Shopping Tour

Aachen is a great shopping destination, and it houses a huge number of pleasant local shops, specialty stores, nice boutiques, department stores and lively markets. Its historic centre has plenty of fabulous pedestrian streets, which are excellent shopping venues for all ages. This walking tour will lead you to the most prominent shopping venues in the city.

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.3 Km or 0.8 Miles
Aachen Introduction Walk

Aachen Introduction Walk

Aachen is historically known as a spa city, a favoured residence of King Charlemagne and the place of coronation of German kings. Due to its glorious past, the city houses numerous prominent sights, valuable landmarks and precious attractions. Follow the next self-guided tour to see the most interesting and famous Aachen landmarks.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.3 Km or 2.1 Miles
Aachen's Cultural Venues

Aachen's Cultural Venues

Although Aachen is a small city, it houses many cultural venues. Its museums display rich collections, which include various exhibits and date back to the Classical era. This walking tour will lead you to the most interesting and popular cultural venues in Aachen.

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.0 Km or 1.2 Miles
Top Religious Buildings

Top Religious Buildings

Aachen is an old historic city where you will find a wide number of old churches. Dating back from Medieval times to the 20th century, these sacred places are valuable from historical, architectural and cultural points of view. This self-guided tour will lead you through the most prominent religious sights in the city.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.7 Km or 2.3 Miles
South-Eastern Aachen Tour

South-Eastern Aachen Tour

The southeastern district houses many excellent attractions. Here you will find old Gothic churches, the historic Frankenberg Castle, cozy café and amazing zoo. Follow the next walking tour to discover this city’s area.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.4 Km or 2.1 Miles