The culture of the Occident has many roots, one of which is still alive in Aachen. The Romans settled in Aachen because they appreciated the thermal springs that lie in the middle of today's city centre. Whoever stands on the courtyard immediately feels the tension between modern architecture and one of the oldest squares in the city. The “Katschhof”, an insider tip among the most beautiful squares in Europe, also radiates this charm of the historical in the midst of the present: on one side the Aachen Cathedral, where the royal coronations of the Middle Ages took place, and on the other the gothic town hall, on the foundations of Charlemagne's Palatinate. And all around, self-confident town houses of the last centuries lend a very special, stimulating flair for a stroll around the pedestrian zone.