Aachen has long been known for its thermal springs. The Elisenbrunnen (Elisen well) was built from 1822 to 1827 on top of one such thermal well. Hot water (74°C, 165°F) flows from two faucets in the rotunda. The smell of the water reminds of rotten eggs due to the high concentration of sulfur. The classicistic building was destroyed in WW2 and rebuilt true to the original in the 50s of the 20th century. The Aachen Tourist Service has an information office in the left pavillion. There is a small park behind the Elisenbrunnen. On the opposite side of the road, the Elisen mall invites shoppers to spend some time.
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