After the candy shop, something else caught our attention: a group of statues near the Elisenbrunnen.
And it kept on raining and raining on our way to the town hall.
Located opposite the cathedral, the history of the town hall goes back to the 14th century. It is one of the landmarks of Aachen.
We had become hungry again and stopped at a shop called Klein where they sold “printen”, the local delicacy. These are actually biscuits, made from three kinds of dark sugar, dark flour and exotic spices. When the dough starts to bake, the sugars caramelise, giving the biscuits a hard texture. The taste resembles that of “speculaas”, a kind of candy, which is popular in Belgium.
Having been around since the 16th – 17th century, the “printen” comes in a lot of varieties. The shop of Klein makes them all by hand and believe they originate from … Belgium!
Lars and I chose a hard variant with almond and two soft variants, covered with hazelnuts and black and white chocolate. Most of these have found their way to our stomach in the meantime!
If you want to know more about this delicacy, have a look at their website.
Afterwards, we went to have a drink in a bar and sought refuge from the rain in our hotel.
Stay tuned for part 3!