Aachen, Germany. Sights include: Cathedral of Aachen (UNESCO World Heritage Site), Town Hall built on ruins of Charlemagne's Palace, Elisa Fountain (Elisenbrunnen) and Couven museum (insight into 18th century living). www.europeantravelcheap.com
Aachen was the first German city I spent any time in (an overnight stop on my way to Paris). It’s where I learned about the 8-minute beer and that in most cities outside of major metro areas the general population does not speak English.
Being a Nazi stronghold there are many reminders of WWII - one interesting place is called the Musik Bunker, a converted Nazi command center. With it’s 2 meter thick steel reinforced concrete walls keeping the sound in and neighbors happy it has a bar, 60 rehearsal rooms and a 350 seat concert hall. Travel outside of the city and the remnants of the Siegfried Line are visible everywhere... from Dragon’s teeth used to stop tanks to smaller bunkers.
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