Maastricht is another city in the Netherlands, about a 40 minute bus ride east of Aachen. My friends and I went there on Tuesday after our lessons. It rained, but we were still able to explore the city.
Monschau is also a 40 minute bus ride away from Aachen, but it is to the south on the border of Germany and Belgium. This trip was organized by the Spraachen Akademie so we went on a tour and rode the bus for free. The town sits in the middle of a valley and was very small and picturesque. Monschau used to be a cloth making town, but now its only industry is tourism. It also rained here so after the tour, we sat in a quaint cafe and bought hot chocolate and cheese cake.
Masstricht Hauptbahnhof: We waited in here while it rained. We had a lucky discovery: we found Wifi that actually worked!
Sara, Sam, and Michelle
These churches are in the Vrijthof square (don’t ask me how to pronounce it). The church on the left is Saint John’s Church and the other is Saint Servatius Basilica.
Sam busting a move.
We found this artsy band next to the Vrijthof.
Unfortunately, we were an hour too late to get inside the churches.
We found out that his chain sells really delicious waffles and ice cream.
Laura, Sara, Sam, and Marta
Laura, Me, Sara, Sam, Michelle
Monschau is known as the pearl of the Eifel region.
This “Weberbrunnen” fountain in the main square depicts the 3 stages of cloth making. The stage shown here is dyeing, which used to be all natural dyes. AKA blood
The river Rur runs through Monschau. Twice a year, they hold international kayaking races when they release the dam.
Dütchen is their trademark dessert.
Monschau’s most famous cloth manufacturer built this house in 1760.
According to the tour guide, this peddler became popular among the ladies of Monschau because he helped the ladies pick out and “try on” the hosiery he sold.
Protestants in Aachen fled to the city of Monschau and built this church.
The church’s tower has a golden swan to represent Martin Luther.
The spot right next to this car was where the only bomb that hit Monschau landed.