SPEND THE WEEKEND
Belgian Grand Prix 2020 will take place in Spa-Francorchamps from August 28-30. Spa is just 35 km from Aachen, so the Belgian GP and EAC 2020 can be easily combined.
The Dutch city of Maastricht lies about 40 km across the border from Aachen and can be reached by train or bus No. 350. In modern times it is known for the Maastricht Treaty that established the European Union but it also is a very pretty old city on the banks of the Maas river. It features many cobblestone streets, grand squares, ancient churches, town houses from the 17th century – and sidewalk cafes to rest.
The city of Liège in Belgium’s French-speaking Wallonia region also lies on the Maas river , about 50 km away from Aachen/ a 30 minute ride in the famous Thalys train away from Aachen. Just like Maastricht, it has an old town with old squares, Romanesque churches and 17th-century mansions. Yet it also has Europe’s coolest train station (Liège-Guillemins), designed by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava. Being a city still recovering from former industrial fame, Liège will probably not be considered a pretty city but it is an intriguing place to discover. If you are there on a Sunday, La Batte market right by the river is highly recommended.
The Ruhr Area, the biggest conurbation of Germany, with its industrial culture is about 120 km away. Visit the UNESCO world heritage site Zeche Zollverein, the Zollverein Coal Mine Industrial Complex and Villa Hügel, the 19th –century mansion of industrialist Alfred Krupp. Both are located at Essen. Many more industrial heritage sites can be found along the Route of Industrial Culture (Metropole Ruhr)