What’s on at Aachen Cathedral?
Visiting hours (29.05.-08.06.)
Mon-Sat: 11-19 h
Sun: 13-19 h
Mon-Mi: 11-19 h
Corpus Christi, 8 June: 1-7 p.m.
Friday, 9 June: The cathedral is closed
+++ 10 to 18 June: During the Aachen Pilgrimage, there is the opportunity to visit the cathedral and venerate the shrines daily from 1 to 5:45 pm and 7:30 to 9:45 pm, on 11 June only from 1 to 4:30 p.m. Outside these times the cathedral is closed. +++
Public tours usually take place Monday to Saturday between 11 am and 6 pm on the hour, Sundays from 1 pm to 4 pm.
+++ Due to the Aachen Pilgrimage no guided tours will be offered from 8 to 21 June inclusive. +++
Eucharistic celebrations are held in Aachen Cathedral on weekdays at 7am and 10am, on Sundays and public holidays at 8am, 10am and 11:45am.
All people are cordially invited to attend!
+++ The Corpus Christi service on 8 June will be celebrated at 10 am on the large altar stage (Katschhof). +++
News from Aachen Cathedral
Find out about current projects and upcoming dates here.
Plan your visit to Aachen
Welcome to Aachen Cathedral!
Every year, more than 1.2 million people from all over the world visit Germany’s first UNESCO World Heritage Site. When church services are not in session, you can explore the Cathedral at the following times:
|Monday – Friday*||Saturday*||Sunday*|
|11.00 to 19.00||13.00 to 19.00||13.00 to 17.45|
To be on the safe side, we recommend a call to the Dominformation, tel.+0049 241 47709 145.
The Gothic choir hall and the Hochmünster on the second level with the imperial throne are only accessible as part of a guided tour.
Aachen Cathedral Treasury
The Cathedral Treasury is currently open on Mondays from 10am to 2pm, on all other days (Tue-Sun) from 10am to 6pm. We recommend to hire an audio guide.
+++ Aachen Pilgrimage: The cathedral treasury is open daily from 10 to 18 June from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., exception: Wed, 14 June, only from 1:15 p.m. onwards. Closed on Monday, 19 June. Normal operation resumes on 20 June. +++
Expercience our concerts and events
Aachen Cathedral is home to Germany’s oldest boys choir: the Aachen Cathedral Choir. The choir is also known by its Latin name of Cappella Carolina. It has existed for more than 1200 years. In 2011, it was joined by the Aachen Cathedral girls choir.
The two choirs, other ensembles and church musicians sing and play during worship services and concerts at Aachen Cathedral, creating an unforgettable “acoustic experience in a sacred space”.
Readings and other cultural events are also held regularly.
Aachen Cathedral: Church and World Heritage Site
Aachen Cathedral is the best-preserved building from the Carolingian period. For more than 1200 years, it has captivated people from all over Europe. To this day, Aachen Cathedral combines ecclesiastical functions and historical traditions:
- as final resting place of Charlemagne,
- until 1531, as the coronation church of the Roman-German kings and
- as the pilgrimage church on the occasion of the Aachen Pilgrimage, which takes place every seven years.
Due to its special (architectural and) historical significance, Aachen Cathedral was the first cultural site in Germany to be inscribed in UNESCO’s World Heritage List in 1978.
Hidden gems in Aachen Cathedral – Part 1
Discover me! Hidden gems in Aachen Cathedral
In a fascinating series devoted to the motto of the 2023 Aachen Pilgrimage – “Discover me” – members of the Cathedral Chapter and Cathedral staff share their personal favourite hidden spots in Aachen Cathedral. In short videos, they describe hidden places or little-known traditions and objects. Join us for this very special guided tour.