When Charlemagne started with the construction in 789, it wasn't planned to be a Town Hall, but his imperial palace. After his coronation in 800, it became his permanent residence.
The Town Hall was built in the 14th century upon the foundations of the imperial palace. However, one part of the original palace still remains - the Granus Tower (shown on one of the images below) but it was raised by 14 meters. Before, the Grashaus was the Town Hall of Aachen (see Grashaus guide).
Up to 1531, the coronation banquets took place in this building in the so-called Krönungssaal.
Over the centuries, various fires destroyed parts of the Town Hall but were reconstructed. During World War II, the Town Hall suffered from bomb attacks and was severely battered. It was reconstructed over the course of the following decades.
Since 1950, the prestigious Charlemagne Prize (Karlspreis, for outstanding achievements for the European unification) ceremony takes place in the Town Hall.
The Town Hall can be visited (6 Euro), which includes the Krönungssaal and a guided tour is available. I did not visit the inside, so I cannot judge how valuable it is.
Also, the original Charlemagne Fountain statue is on display (the fountain statue on the market square in front of the Town Hall is a replica).
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