Germany > Erlangen
It is a town with many faces - a kind of "Franconian Berkeley". Erlangen
has a tradition of tolerance and is liberal in outlook. During the 17th century
Huguenots fleeing from France found shelter in the town. The university was
established, the Siemens company arrived - and the rest is history. Today Erlangen
is home to people of 180 different nationalities, a fact that is reflected in
its easy-going approach to life.
Plases of interest
The town-scape is dominated by the early 18th century baroque palace. The
Huguenot Church was the first place of worship built by the Huguenots outside
France. The interior is strikingly simple, and the loggia, the pulpit and the
beautiful baroque organ are of particular note. Many visitors to Erlangen wonder
about the huge map pins that seem to appear all over the town. The idea of this
project is to draw attention to historical buildings around town. For example,
the Margravial Theatre might look rather unassuming from the outside, but inside
there is a hidden gem of baroque architecture - the oldest baroque theatre still
in use in southern Germany.
Art and culture
Saluting the past is very much part of the Erlangen cultural scene. The oldest
beer festival in the world (Bergkirchweih) is cel-ebrated on Burgberg hill every
year in May/June. This romantic "pearl of Francon-ian fairs” is held beneath
age-old chestnut trees lit with lanterns. The popular Poets' Festival takes
place in the baroque palace gardens. The biennial international Comic Salon
adds its own special touch to the cultural goings-on in the town.
Museums and exhibitions
Erlangen's municipal museum is housed in the former town hall in the old quarter
and has a permanent exhibition tracing the history of the town.
Parks and green spaces
The palace gardens - Erlangen’s "lungs" and the site of the university
- are in the heart of the town centre next to the palace. The Heinrich Kirchner
Sculpture Garden features large-scale bronze sculptures in an idyllic setting
on Burgberg hill.