Mapping the Mountains exhibition

When: 3 to 30 November 2021

Location: Tuchwerk Aachen

Free admission

What’s the connection between the Lousberg – Aachen’s very own ‘mountain’ – and the world’s highest peaks?


Mapping the Mountains, the mountain cartography exhibition which wowed visitors in Heerlen in 2019, can this year be seen in Aachen.
The exhibition, which is being held in the atmospheric surroundings of Tuchwerk, a former textile mill on the outskirts of Aachen, takes the visitor through the history of modern mountain cartography, from the 17th century onwards. The development of cartography is told by way of historical and contemporary mountain maps.
The first detailed map of Everest produced 100 years ago

As well as mountain cartography – a sometimes complicated and life-threatening task for surveyors – Mapping the Mountains also pays homage to the historical mapping of the Euregion. The exhibition establishes a link between Aachen’s local mountain and those peaks in the Alps or Himalayas which were once considered unscalable. The Tranchot obelisk on the summit of the Lousberg in Aachen stands witness to the city’s own role in the development of modern cartography, marking the point from where the Rhineland was mapped during Napoleonic times using the very same methods which enabled high mountain mapping. Over time this spurred on modern mountaineering and the almost limitless possibilities that today’s navigation gives us today. From impassable passes and unattainable peaks to Freedom to Roam: the theme of this year’s Dutch Mountain Film Festival!


The Mapping the Mountains exhibition is open every day from 3 to 30 November in Tuchwerk Aachen. The exact opening times will be made known in due course. Admission is free.


The Tranchot Trail

A trail has been mapped out across the Lousberg – via the Tranchot obelisk and other interesting landmarks– from the exhibition in Tuchwerk Aachen to the city centre. A map with a description of the walk can be obtained from Tuchwerk. The walk is 7.3 kilometres and takes about 2 hours, ending at the Ponttor in Aachen. The number 54 bus can be taken from Aachen bus station to Tuchwerk.


Grand opening

The exhibition opening will take place on Tuesday 2 November 2 at 5 p.m. Then follows a walk, via the Tranchot obelisk on the Lousberg, along the Ponttor where there will be a fanfare to herald in the opening of the Dutch Mountain Film Festival in the Apollo Kino in Aachen. Anyone interested in mountains and mapping is welcome to join us at the opening of the exhibition and participate in the walk.

The Tranchot Trail, from Tuchwerk via the Lousberg to the Apollo cinema in Aachen
Aachen in the mid-19th century
Curator of Mapping the Mountains, our very own Andrew Davies