life through the lens
It's a seven hour train ride from Budapest to Munich, followed by an overnight journey to Cologne and a Thalys train to Aachen, on the German/Belgian/Dutch borders - April 2012.
Germany is part of the Euro zone
A great sculpture on the entrance to the old town of Aachen, known as the Geldbrunnen
The imposing figure of Aachen Cathedral rises in the background
The 14th century Town Hall (Rathaus) overlooks the Markt - Aachen
A statue of Charlemagne in the Markt, with the Town Hall to the right - Aachen
The Charlemagne fountain and the Markt - Aachen
It's possible to have a roadside drink at Aachen Theatre - Aachen
The Stadtgarten is home to the Carolus Thermal Baths - Aachen
Graffiti in the Stadtgarten - Aachen
Also on the outskirts of the old town is Lousberg, where you can walk to the top for (albeit obscured) views of Aachen
A church spire as seen from Lousberg - Aachen
The Stasi were East Germany's feared state security service - Aachen
Back in the old town, Aachen Cathedral dominates the end of a cobbled street - Aachen
The Puppenbrunnen (Puppet Fountain) in Aachen's old town
Fountains, bakeries and cafés are commonplace in Aachen
Aachen Dom is a UNESCO listed world heritage site - Aachen
The core section of the Dom (Cathedral) dates back to the 9th century - Aachen
An eyecatching exhibition was on show in front of the Cathedral when I stopped off in Aachen in 2014 on my enclaves tour
Identical regal sculptures all painted red and gold were on display next to the Dom. As far as I know it's a temporary exhibition - Aachen
The cobbled streets of the old town - Aachen
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