Some people say that what makes Aachen special is its location at the point where three countries meet: Germany, the Netherlands and Belgium. Others say that the beautiful old town or Aachen Cathedral attract the numerous visitors. In fact, it's all that together - and much more. Germany's westernmost major city is far from being as rainy as its reputation - in recent years, Aachen's inhabitants have enjoyed an average of 1,614 hours of sunshine per year. Aachen is therefore the sunniest city in the whole of North Rhine-Westphalia. The Dutch call the city Aken. Aix-la-Chapelle is what the Belgian neighbours call it. Aachen is located directly on the border with the Netherlands and Belgium. The optimal location of the city - in the west of North Rhine-Westphalia, on the edge of the Eifel and the High Fens and very close to the cities of Cologne, Düsseldorf and Bonn - makes Aachen the perfect starting point for city trips and excursions into nature. The city's landmark, the Aachen Cathedral, dates back to the Palatine Chapel of the Aachen Royal Palace, which was founded by Charlemagne and is considered a masterpiece of Carolingian architecture. Together with the cathedral treasury, the cathedral was included in the Unesco World Heritage List in 1978 as the first German cultural monument and the second in the world. The city is the bishop's see of the diocese of Aachen and the venue of the equestrian tournament CHIO Aachen. The Aachener Printen are also well known as a local speciality and an important location of the German confectionery industry. And by the way: Aachen is a state-approved spa with its rich thermal springs.
Aachen is located at the three-country point Germany - Netherlands - Belgium.
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