The Katschhof is a square located between the Town Hall and the Cathedral.
It is not an open square but surrounded by houses and ancient buildings which gives it a particular flair that is different from an open square.
In the ancient times, the Town Hall was Charlemagne's Palace and the Katschhof was its inner courtyard. It also led to the private spa of Charlemagne and his private rooms where located somewhere on the Katschhof (but this is not confirmed).
During the medieval centuries, up to the 18th century, a cloth hall was situated at the Katschhof to support the profitable industry of textile production.
The name derives (most likely) from the pillory that was located on the Katschhof and was referred to as 'Kaks'.
Today, the square gives a magnificent view and is used for multipurpose occasions. Besides others, Open Air concerts take place on a regular basis, and the annual Christmas Market gets a special ambience by its classy surrounding.
If you happen to visit Aachen in December, you can enjoy the Christmas Market with a beautiful view with a wonderful lightning at the Katschhof. But of course, this is also a very touristic season of the year as the Aachen Christmas Market is very popular.
The Katschhof is also the entrance point to the Centre Charlemagne, the New City Museum. This relatively new museum is about the history of Aachen and Charlemagne and worth a visit.
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