Klinikum Aachen
The Klinikum Aachen, full German name "Universitätsklinikum Aachen" (University Hospital Aachen), abbreviated UKA, formerly known as "Neues Klinikum", is a very large hospital in Aachen ( Germany). It is part of the RWTH Aachen and contains its whole medical faculty. Seen from far away, for many visitors the Klinikum Aachen looks like an oil refinery rather than a hospital, due to the huge striped ventilation pipes that are attached to the outer walls. The Klinikum Aachen contains many specialised clinics, theoretical and clinical institutes and other research facilities, lecture halls, schools for jobs in the medical field, and all facilities necessary for a hospital like a laundry and central sterilisation. It is the biggest single-building hospital in Europe.

In 1966 the faculty of medicine at the RWTH Aachen was founded. Automatically the municipal hospitals in Aachen became university hospitals, but soon it was realised that they were too small. In 1972 the constructions of the Klinikum Aachen began. Ten years later the first rooms could be used by the faculty. The rest of the building was finished section by section. The constructions were delayed due to problems with too soft ground material that could not sustain the whole building. The official opening was celebrated in 1985. Its original name was "Neues Klinikum" (New Klinikum) because there was already a hospital called "Klinikum" in Aachen. That doesn't exist anymore, so it was renamed.

Cardiovascular Centre of Excellence
University Hospital Aachen (UKA) and the University Medical Centre Maastricht (Maastricht UMC+)will start a Cardiovascular Centre of Excellence on the Avantis Technology Park on the Dutch-German border between Heerlen and Aachen

Facts and Figures

annual inpatients 48,000 annual outpatients 111,000 professors 67 scientific staff 1200 non-scientific staff 5000 clinics 33 institutes 21 rooms 6600 elevators ? escalators ?

Building Activity

  • Benjamin Kolle
    Benjamin Kolle commented
    The klinikum is smaller than originally planned.the ground is very we and the building would sink down if they build it like they wanted to. they's why all the pipes are at the outside (to save room inside).
    about 6 years ago via Mobile