Aachen is the most western city in Germany and lies at the border triangle of the Netherlands and Belgium. Even the French border is not far away, allowing you to travel to Paris by car in about 4 hours, by Thalys in about 3 hours. Aachen’s geographical location and its understanding as a major European city result in considerable cross-border commercial trade. European and global companies such as the chocolate manufacturer Lindt-Sprüngli, the electronics producer Philips, the pharmaceutical group Grünenthal or the Railway Car Factory Talbot have locations in Aachen. Moreover, the internationally renowned news agency Reuters with its later headquarters in London was founded in 1850 by Paul Julius Reuter in Aachen.
Due to the perfect infrastructure not all, but at least many ways lead to Aachen and from Aachen to the nearby metropolises, whether within or outside of Germany. Business locations such as Cologne (45min.), Düsseldorf (1 ½ hour), Brussels (1 ½ hour), Frankfurt (2 hours), Amsterdam (2 ½ hours) or the Ruhr area (2 ½ hours) can be reached quickly both by car and by train.