Aachen or Bad Aachen, traditionally known in France and the United Kingdom as Aix-la-Chapelle, is a spa and border town in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. Aachen was a residence of Charlemagne, and later the coronation place for German kings.
Aachen is the westernmost city in Germany, located near the borders with Belgium and the Netherlands, 61 km west-southwest of Cologne in a former coal-mining area. RWTH Aachen University is in the city. Aachen's industries include science, engineering and information technology. In 2009, Aachen was ranked eighth among cities in Germany for innovation.
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