Known as the capital of the Frankish Empire of Charlemagne Aachen City is located at the intersection of the borders of Germany, the Netherlands (in Dutch it is called Aken) and Belgium (Walloons call it Aix-la-Chapelle). However, the history of Aachen begins long before Charlemagne, who lived in the VIII. Roman soldiers still in I century. BC liked the hot springs (they liked to sit and Carl, as well as those who came after him). The Aachen Cathedral is the oldest church in northern Europe, protected by UNESCO and is the main attraction of the city.