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Aachen

German location
NameAachen
Administration
CountryGermany
StateNorth Rhine-Westphalia
Admin. regionCologne
DistrictAachen
BrgermeisterMarcel Philipp
PartyCDU
Governing partyCDU
Basic statistics
Area (km2)160.83
Elevation (m)266
Population257935
Other information
Time zoneCET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Licence plateAC
Postal code52062 52080
Area code0241 / 02405 / 02407 / 02408

Aachen

Native NameReichsstadt Aachen
Conventional Long NameImperial City of Aachen / Aix-la-Chapelle
Common NameAachen
ContinentEurope
RegionRhine
CountryGermany
EraMiddle Ages
StatusCity-state
EmpireHoly Roman Empire
Government TypeRepublic
TodayGermany
Year Start1306
Year End1801
Event PreSettlement founded
Date Preca sixth millennium BC
Event StartGained Imp. immediacy
Event1Otto I crowned Emperor
Date Event1936
Event2Fire devastated city
Date Event21656
Event31st Treaty ended
 War of Devolution
Date Event3
2 May 1668
Event42nd Treaty ended War
 of Austr. Succession
Date Event4
April May 1748
Event EndAnnexed by France
Event Postto Kingdom of Prussia
Date Post1815
S1Roer (department, 1801-1815)
Flag S1Flag of France.svg
Image FlagBlack St George's Cross.svg
CapitalAachen

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Aachen (-deˈʔaːxən-De-Aachen-2 has historically been a spa town in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. Aachen was a favoured residence of Charlemagne, and the place of coronation of the Kings of Germany. Geographically, Aachen is the westernmost town of Germany, located along its borders with Belgium and the Netherlands, 65 km (40.4 mi) west of Cologne. RWTH Aachen University, one of Germany's Universities of Excellence, is located in the city. Aachen's predominant economic focus is on science, engineering, information technology and related sectors. For innovation, Aachen is currently ranked 8th among cities in Germany.


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