Aachen, or Aix-la-Chapelle, is at the very heart of Europe. A typical fortress-Stadt, it features a palimpsest cathedral whose construction goes back to almost a millennium now and is deeply entwined with the personality of Charlemagne. It is also the birth city of Mies van der Rohe, although he left no building whatsoever there. Only a small street, in the middle of one of the University campuses, bears his name.
The shop is the Weyers-Kaatzer papeterie, in the historical center of the city. As you walk in the city center, passing by the local theater, there is a very nice commercial street that leads you to the Dom – or that takes you to a small, anxiously narrow passage that takes you to the Dom. The shop features a beautiful vitrine, mainly with office supplies. But make no mistake, this is not a shop where you can buy packs of copy paper only. There is a large section for the fountain pen lover and a fine desk full of Kaweco’s products in an artful arrangement. And of course, this being Germany, the obligatory Lamy collection was featured in a prominent place.
During my short visit, I was able to realize that the staff is knowledgeable, friendly, and helpful. A member of the staff was kind enough to take me through the stock of Lamy 18k nibs, and I almost ended up getting one; they were also very accommodating, in offering to liaise as a customer service point for one of my Graf von Faber-Castell nibs. And all of this, in excellent English.
Overall, this was a very pleasant experience. I will visit again next time I’m in town, no doubt.
The shop has a site, with all the contact details. I visited the shop in October 2016.
Disclaimer: I am in no way affiliated with the shop, its owners, or any other stakeholders. I am just a happy customer.