Germany borders on the Eastern part of South Limburg. The area also shares various features: not only joint-ventures like Maastricht-Aachen Airport but also the same regional speech.
A day visit to Germany is worth your while because loads of interesting attractions are located nearby in North Rhine-Westphalia.
Aachen is one of the biggest cities in the Euregio Meuse-Rhine with a population of over 250,000 people. Aachen has a rich history and industry making it an important landmark in the area.
Aachen was known in the Roman period for its hot sulfur springs which the Romans canalized and changed into health spas which are still being used today.
Aachen became an industrial city in 1880 with factories making rail tracks, pins, tobacco and silk products.
Aachen was the first city to be liberated by the Allies after the Second World War. Aachen recovered quickly and became one of the most impressive cities in the area. The Dom of Aachen is one of the most beautiful buildings which used to be part of the residence of Charlemagne. In the Dom lie several Christian relics which make Aachen a city of pilgrimage.
Another interesting attraction is Aachen City Hall, situated near the main Market Square. Shopping is good in Aachen with great shopping streets. Aachen can be easily reached, having three train stations, a direct bus service Maastricht – Aachen and various motorways which will bring you in no time to Aachen, located 30 kilometers from Maastricht.
Jülich and Düren
Other cities nearby are Jülich (including fortifications, the Citadel and the Hexenturm town gate) located 48 kilometers from Maastricht and Düren (including Burgau Castle, the Dicke Turm (a big tower that was part of the town's fortifications), several churches and the river Rur) located 57 kilometers from Maastricht.
Germany has a lot to offer with its rich history and many cultural attractions in the cities which are just between 30 and 45 minutes away from Hip Hotel St. Martenslane.