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For information about what's happening in Aachen, pick up a copy of the booklet Tourist-Information, published and given away free by the tourist information office. You can also download a copy at www.aachen.de. Alternatively, you can buy a copy of the monthly glossy, Klenkes, a magazine available in news kiosks around the city for 2€.

The Performing Arts

Classical concerts are presented in the town's convention center, Kongresszentrum Eurogress, Mondheimsallee 48 (tel. 0241/91310; www.eurogress-aachen.de; bus: 57), by the local symphony orchestra and by visiting chamber orchestras. The Theater Aachen (formerly the Stadttheater), Theaterplatz (tel. 0241/47841; www.theater-aachen.de; bus: 33, 34, or 57), hosts opera, theater, and dance recitals. Ticket prices in both places are 14€ to 100€. If you understand German and want to see experimental theater and plays by Bertolt Brecht and the like, head for the small and rather cramped Theater 99 Akut, Gasborn 9-11 (tel. 0241/27458; www.akut-theater99.de; bus: 166). Tickets are 19€ to 56€.

Bars & Cafes

There are at least a half-dozen bars in or around Aachen's Marktplatz. One of the most appealing is Café Kittel, Pontstrasse 39 (tel. 0241/36560; www.cafekittel.de; bus: 13), which somewhat resembles a greenhouse; its menu concentrates on beer, wine, sandwiches, and quiche. It's open Monday to Thursday 10am to 2am, Friday and Saturday 10:30am to 2am, and Sunday 10am to 1am.

Live Music

A final nightlife venue is the Domkeller, Hof 1 (tel. 0241/34265; www.domkeller.de; bus: 1, 11, or 21), which offers live blues or jazz on some nights and lots of hubbub every night. It is open Sunday to Thursday 10am to 2am and to 3 or 4am Friday and Saturday.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.