Among German cities, all of which are relatively safe compared to those in some other countries, Aachen has a very low crime rate.  And as with almost all European cities, it also has no health warnings for travelers and no vaccination requirements for people coming from other industrialized nations.  However, Aachen does host a few events, namely its Christmas Market lasting for a few weeks in December, which attract thousands of visitors and thus some petty crime as well.

If you come to Aachen during its Christmas Market event it will pay off to follow a few safety tips:

  • When in areas where large amounts of people are gathering be sure not to carry your wallet in your back pocket.  Also take care to keep an eye on all bags and make sure that backpacks are locked, especially if they are carried on your back.
  • Avoid carrying large amounts of cash or valuables with you; keep them in your hotel's safe instead.
  • If you have a car with you be sure not to leave any valuables or shopping bags in plain view; this may encourage break-ins.
  • Always be aware of your surroundings and the people who are in your immediate area.