Feast of Charlemagne
Since 2003, the Feast of Charlemagne is celebrated every year on the last Sunday of January in commemoration of the Emperor Charlemagne, who died on 28th January 814. On this day, Aachen’s Town Hall is surrounded by costumed knights and singing groups for you to marvel at. Refreshments and snacks are provided by Aachen’s butchers’ guild, who serve a hotpot and spelt bread with a “Karlswurst” (Charlemagne sausage) enriched with all kinds of herbs from the list of Charlemagne’s historic herb garden round the back of the Town Hall.
Another special feature of the Feast of Charlemagne is that the old city gates are opened to the general public – admission free – with all the rooms inside them made accessible for the visitors. Aachen’s Town Hall is also open to the public and the rooms visitors can view include the Foyer, the office of the Lord Mayor, the White Hall, the Peace Hall, the Master Craftsmen’s Kitchen, the Master Craftsmen’s Court, and the Coronation Hall.
The huge funfair on Aachen’s Bendplatz with its many attractions and rides is a magnet for people from Aachen and visitors from the region. Open daily from 2 pm to midnight…
Award ceremony of the International Charlemagne Prize
The International Charlemagne Prize of Aachen was awarded for the very first time in 1950. It is the oldest and most renowned prize to be awarded to personalities or institutions that have rendered outstanding services towards the promotion of European Unification.
The prize is named after Charlemagne, who is hailed as the first unifier of Europe and who, at the end of the 8th century, chose the royal palace in Aachen as his favourite seat of residence. In this way, the name symbolises a bridge between Europe’s past and its future.
CHIO – World Equestrian Festival
Every year, the CHIO in Aachen brings together the international elite of equestrianism, and, every year, it proves to be an outstanding event. The World Equestrian Festival is Germany’s largest sport event, with the best-endowed prizes. Great sport, and a great show – this mix is what makes the CHIO Aachen a major international sport event.
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