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Insider advice for your Aachen vacation


Christina Hann-Trefzger
Krua Thai, real and authentic Thai food 4 stars
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I found this Krua Thai Restaurant accidently when I walked home. It is located on the side of the main road, and not very easy to find. But as long as you know where to get the huge Asian supermarket called Interfood, then you can get the restaurant easily.
If you are real Thai food (very spicy) eater, Krua Thai is the right place to go. The food is very authentic, very spicy. It is so authentic, that it is too spicy for Germans. I can’t even bear the spiciness. I had Tom Yam Soup, spicy Thai Beef with Basil and shared Thai Fish Curry with Nicolas. They were all very spicy. The price at Krua Thai is very available. The soup costs about 5-6 Euros, and the main course costs about 8-10 Euros. But because it is a very new restaurant, they don’t offer desserts yet. There is a buffet offer now, every Monday – Friday for lunch, only 6,50 Euros.


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Christina Hann-Trefzger
Der Teeladen 4 stars
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For you tea lovers, you should go to this tea shop. It is located in the city center of Aachen (next to the Rathaus / City Hall). As I am also a tea lover, so I can’t miss this tea shop. The reason why I love this tea shop is, because they have all kinds of tea you want. They offer from oriental tea until western tea. Oriental tea such as green tea, jasmine tea, Phu-er tea, Oriental beauty and so on. Western tea, you can get black tea with mango flavor, lavender tea, rooibus tea with vanilla, etc. Besides tea, they also provide some snacks. The tea at Der Tealaden is a little more expensive than most of tea prices in other shops, but still affordable.

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Christina Hann-Trefzger
Traditional Thai massage with Aporn 5 stars
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I wanted to pamper myself on Easter. As I walked down the street a couple weeks ago, I glimpsed this massage salon. Then I decided to go there for my Easter present. Aporn Boucke is the owner of the salon, and she has been doing this business for years. Aporn massage salon is just located at 121 Alexanderstrasse , Aachen 52062 (directly at Hansemannplatz).

They offer so many kinds of massage : traditional Thai massage, Thai massage with oil (you can choose), Thai foot massage and etc. The good thing is you can pick what kind of oil you want, or even with cream like Counterpain, Menthol, Eugeno and so on. You pay 35 Euro/hour for traditional Thai massage, and 45 Euro/hour for traditional Thai massage with oil. If you can’t bear an hour massage, you can also take a 30-minute one. I dare to share this, because they are really good!


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Christina Hann-Trefzger
Oecher Bend, the best thing in Aachen! 5 stars
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If you are visiting Aachen in spring and summer, then you are so lucky, because Oecher Bend is coming to Aachen! Oecher Bend is the amusement park in Aachen. It is quite big and this year will be on March 22 until April 7th, 2008. You can get there by busses, cars or bikes. The word “Bend” was mentioned the first time in 1413. This amusement park (Jahrmakt) was finally settled in Westbahnhof in 1927, for before that time it was always moved around here and there.

The reason I go to Oecher Bend is to hunt roasted pork knuckle. I like it the most there. So, I only eat the pork knuckle (Schweinshaxe) twice a year and they are really good. Of course, besides food, there are still a lot of things you can do there. Oecher Bend is suitable for everybody ; kids, teenagers, parents, and old people. Kids can have some fun with the games and toys that they offer there. Even I am not a kid anymore, but eating some cotton candy is not forbidden.


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Delightful Aachen Spa 5 stars
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On my first backpacking trip to Europe I found a delightful spa nestled in the small town of Aachen, Germany, near the Netherlands-Germany border. I found Carolus Therman Bad Aachen (“bad” means “bath”) affordable at 10 euros for 2.5 hours, though there are charges for each additional activity.

The entrance fee admits you into their enormous mineral pools, both outside and inside. Simply swimming in these pools is relaxing, and a couple times an hour they become whirlpools. This is especially fun in the outside pool, which turns into one big whirling circle that you can either swim against for exercise or float along for relaxation. It’s an amazing experience to do this with other surprised visitors, laughing and splashing. I also found Germans to be incredibly non-judgemental compared to North Americans; I felt very comfortable in my one-piece swimsuit despite my non-perfect body.

I also indulged in a massage and a 30-minute relaxation room that mimicked the light of day and night. I highly recommend that visitors check out European spas (very different from North American “spas”), and I can personally vouch for the quality of Carolus Therman Bad Aachen.

Check out the official site here: http://www.carolus-thermen.de/go/bad_aachen/english.html


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Christina Hann-Trefzger
Oishii = delicious 3 stars
I’ve eaten at Oishii. Originally Oishii and Best Friends were owned by the same people. Somehow they split it, and now Oishii and Best Friends. Oishii almost offers the same food like Best Friends, also almost the same price, but it doesn’t taste as good as Best Friends’. The rice is a little bit too rough. I only like the fried salmon with Japanese soy sauce with the sushi rice. You can ask for different rice. It costs a little bit more, but tastes a lot better. If you are really into Japanese beer, Asahi and Kirin might be the ones you are looking for. Japanese food always costs more in Aachen than other Asian food, so don’t expect too much.


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Christina Hann-Trefzger
The real Japanese food in Aachen (Best Friends) 4 stars
There are few Japanese restaurants in Aachen. And I’ve tried many of them. Wanna taste the real Japanese food? Best Friends is the answer. Don’t mix it with Good Friends (Indonesian restaurant). Besides Japanese food, you can also order some Korean or Vietnamese. My fave appetizer is Kim Chi (Korean fermented cabbage). It’s the best from I’ve ever tried in all over Aachen. “The lost monk” and “ the virgin monk” are also good choices when you want to have wok. I wouldn’t recommend you the ginger tea. It tastes like shit to me. But lychee-lemonade is a lot better if you want to have something sweet and fruity.


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Christina Hann-Trefzger
Good Friends is the best! 5 stars
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If you are craving Indonesian / Asian food in Aachen, but don't know which is good. Good Friends is the best. We pass by accident, wow to my surprise, the food tastes really good. The price is pretty fine, up from 7 Euro per dish.

The owners are from Indonesia and Malaysia, so they cook Indonesian, Chinese, and Malaysian food. I always take my friends from The Netherlands or USA to eat there if they want Asian food.
Sometimes if you are lucky, you'll get nice dessert that they have it only in Winter. My fave is rendang, chicken curry, cha siu, babi panggang, gule kambing, soto ayam, yam mie. For dessert, I prefer kolak (they don't have it everyday).

If you are not allergic to peanuts, you should try sate ayam :P


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