Centre Charlemagne

Aachen, Germany

Centre Charlemagne is the new museum of Aachen local history. It occupies the site on the Katschhof, the former palace courtyard. It focuses on a history of Aachen from the Neolithic to the present day. The key periods are the ancient Roman age (until 4th century AD), Charlemagne's Aachen (the capital of Frankish Empire), the medieval period and Baroque period. The whole house is barrier-free.

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Katschhof 1, Aachen, Germany
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Founded: 2014
Category: Museums in Germany

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www.centre-charlemagne.eu

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4.4/5 (based on Google user reviews)

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Andre Theron (2 years ago)
Very interactive and child friendly. Enough information for the adult and enough to keep the smaller museum goes busy.
Carlo Sebellin (2 years ago)
Awesome place if you are interested in the history of Aachen. You can learn what happened from all the way back to the first settlements, or you can inmerse yourself in the recent history of the city! Definitely worth visiting, check the "six for six" ticket to visit other good museums in Aachen!
Carlos Spiritrunner (2 years ago)
Great history and charm in an amazing place...
jeroen brons (3 years ago)
Excellent museum with original depiction of Aachens rich 1200 year history
Aurel Ghioca (3 years ago)
Small exhibit about the history of Aachen. The audioguide is really comprehensive.
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