On 27 June 2009, the ‘Route Charlemagne’ project in Aachen officially started with the opening of the first station: the old ‘Rathaus’. This building has been given a new use in accordance with the master plan drawn up by Maurer United Architects [MUA]. Instead of government offices, it is now a public building that houses a permanent exhibition based on the theme of ‘power’ – a theme that can be traced back in Aachen to Charlemagne.
The new interior was designed by the RKW Architektur + Städtebau firm of architects which also carried out the renovation.
At the same time ‘Haus Löwenstein’ opened its doors for a temporary exhibition based on the master plan that will be realised step by step over the next five years. This future station, on the other side of the market in Aachen, is still being developed and the temporary exhibition has been organized by Maurer United Architects [MUA], which was also responsible for the corporate design of the Route Charlemagne Aachen. This graphic logo will be presented to a wide public for the first time during this exhibition.
In addition, the ‘Dom zu Aachen’, the ‘Domschatzkammer’ and the ‘Couvenmuseum’, which are already accessible, have been included in the route. The next stations that will be realized are: ‘Internationale Zeitungsmuseum’ in the ‘Grosse Haus’, by Fischer Architekten, and the ‘Werkstatt Europa’ in the ‘Grashaus’, also by Maurer United Architects [MUA]. An investment of thirty million euro is involved in the total project, that has been developed within the framework of Euregionale 2008, to bring into useful service the buildings in the city centre, which originate mainly from the Middle Ages, thereby improving the city of Aachen’s image.