What I like most about Aachen (DE), including ice cream from Eis-Treff

The city of Aachen, situated very close to the borders with the Netherlands and Belgium is where I live. I’d like to share with you some of the things I love about Aachen and if you read on til the end you will find out about its best ice cream shop! 😉

Some of the things I like most about Aachen

1. It’s a pretty city with many nice buildings

Frankenberger Burg
Frankenberger Burg and its park: the ideal spot to enjoy your ice cream!
View over Aachen's cathedral and City Hall
Aachen cathedral and City Hall (from the UpTown Sky lounge at the INNside hotel)
View of Aachen cathedral and Elisengarten
Aachen cathedral and Elisengarten
Aachen seen from the top of its cathedral
Aachen seen from the top of its cathedral (there are only 2 weekends in the year when visitors can go to the top)
Elisenbrunnen, Aachen
Aachen Elisa Fountain in the city centre
Aachen Rathaus, City Hall
Aachen Rathaus, City Hall
Aachen cathedral in 2014 & 500 statues of Charlemagne (commemorating the 1200th aniversary of his death)
Aachen cathedral in 2014 & 500 statues of Charlemagne (commemorating the 1200th anniversary of his death)

2. I love the little stories behind all of Aachen’s fountains, statues, some of its buildings and landmarks

Aachen Klenkes children, the chicken thief & Bahkauv.
Aachen Klenkes children, the Chicken Thief & Bahkauv… there’s a little story behind each of these (as well as for most statues in Aachen!)

3. I love Aachen’s speciality, the Printen & the pretty window displays of the shops selling them

Printen on display in a Nobis bakery shop
Printen on display in a Nobis bakery shop

4. I love how Aachen lies directly at the border with Belgium and the Netherlands

It’s great being able to enjoy the culinary and cultural offerings of the neighbouring countries so easily.

5. Nice forests and fields on the outskirts of the city

Outdoor hammocs at Lousberg
I love this spot at the Lousberg, with these outdoor hammocks
Artificial pond on the outskirts of Aachen - Kupferbach at Waldstadion
Artificial pond on the outskirts of Aachen – Kupferbach at Waldstadion

Useful link: Aachen tourist office

The best ice cream in Aachen

I’m sure you’ll agree with me about the importance of finding nice ice cream while on holiday, but it’s also essential to locate good ice cream shops close to home! Oecher Eis-Treff is where I get my regular fix of good ice cream in Aachen. 🙂 In my opinion, their ice cream is the best in Aachen! They make it themselves, without any artificial flavours or colours.

Oecher Eis-Treff ice cream shop in Frankenberger Viertel
Oecher Eis-Treff ice cream shop in Frankenberger Viertel

They offer chocolate, vanilla, hazelnut and yogurt ice cream on a permanent basis, as well strawberry and lemon dairy-free, vegan ice cream. On top of this, they sell an additional “flavour of the month”. July’s flavour of the month was the so-called “Früchten” which is a delicious & refreshing mango-passionfruit-pineapple-lime vegan ice cream. Sour cherry, tonka bean, Aachen Printen, calamansi and stracciatella were all “flavour of the month” at one point or the other.

Scoops of Printen, vanilla and chocolate ice cream
Scoops of Printen, vanilla and chocolate ice cream. The first one is with “Krokant” topping and the last one with raspberry sauce… all yummy!

The flavours from Oecher Eistreff I like best are:

  • chocolate – made with organic milk & chocolate. This ice cream has a very intense taste of chocolate! Lovely!
  • vanilla – made with real vanilla pods and organic milk. This is one of the few places I buy vanilla ice cream from: it’s so good!
  • strawberry – it really just tastes of good fresh strawberries, just the way proper strawberry ice cream should!
  • Aachen Printen – if you’re not from Aachen, you might wonder what this is: it’s a speciality from Aachen made with different sorts of dark sugars, cinnamon, coriander, cardamom, allspice, cloves, etc. Oecher Eis-Treff’s Printen ice cream captures perfectly the taste of Printen.

Lately I’ve been trying out Oecher Eis-Treff’s sauces and they are also excellent! You can choose from raspberry, chocolate, caramel, strawberry or pineapple sauces.

Now after all this, is your mouth watering yet?! Head off to their shop in the beautiful Frankenberger Viertel quarter to try a few scoops.

Eis-Treff address: Bismarckstrasse 72, D-52066 Aachen (please note that Oecher Eis-Treff is closed in Winter & opens again on 27th March 2017)
Website: www.eis-treff.de
Facebook: www.facebook.com/Eistreff

Aachen Frankenberger Viertel
Aachen Frankenberger Viertel – this is just a few meters away from Oecher Eis-Treff ice cream shop

A funny fact about Aachen’s tourist buses

Now to finish this post I would like to share with you a funny fact about Aachen’s double decker tourist buses: for those of you who have already seen these buses, have you ever wondered what the pictures on the bus represent & what their connection to Aachen is?

Aachen double decker bus promoting the city of Nantes (FR)
Aachen double decker bus covered with pictures of the city of Nantes (FR)

Well it seems as if Aachen tourist buses are doing some subtle promotion of the city of Nantes (France): why else would it be covered with images from one single city that is not the one where it is doing tours in?! Take a look at my post about Nantes and my favourite ice cream shop there and you will be able to see photos of two elements shown on Aachen double decker buses (cathedral + elephant)! The man pictured on the bus is the French novelist Jules Verne, who was born in Nantes.

So if anyone can explain to me the connection between those pictures and Aachen, please tell me! 🙂

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