Aachen is one of those cities that doesn’t jump out at you as a world-beater, but once you visit, you start to appreciate its charms. The pedestrianized downtown is a mix of historic and modern buildings, dominated by the impressive Gothic cathedral. The narrow streets and squares are a great place to wander, taking in the mix of shops, cafes and restaurants. The city is also home to the Technik Museum, one of the largest and most varied museums in Europe, and the Carolingian Museum, which tells the story of Charlemagne and the Carolingian dynasty. If you’re looking for a place to relax, Aachen’s parks are a great option, or you can head to one of the thermal baths for a soak.