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Aachen, Aken, Aix-la-Chapelle(noun)
a city in western Germany near the Dutch and Belgian borders; formerly it was Charlemagne's northern capital
A city in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany, that was the capitol of Charlemagne's empire
Origin: From Aachen, from aquae, referring to the sacred springs associated with the Celtic god Granus.
Aachen, also known as Bad Aachen is a spa town in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. Sometimes in English, the city is referred to as Aix-la-Chapelle. Aachen was a favoured residence of Charlemagne, and later the place of coronation of the German emperors. Geographically, Aachen is the westernmost city of Germany, located along its borders with Belgium and the Netherlands, 61 km west-southwest of Cologne. It is located within a coal-mining region, and this fact was important in its economic history. 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. In 2009, Aachen was ranked 8th among cities in Germany for innovation.
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. See Aix-la-Chapelle.
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