The smallest of Bavaria‘s big cities has preserved its international flair from the days of the Huguenots to this day. Recently, Erlangen has developed as the high-tech center of the Nuremberg metropolitan area. This is due to the renowned Friedrich-Alexander University, two Fraunhofer Institutes, a Max-Planck Research Center, and the world‘s largest site of Siemens AG.
But visiting Erlangen also offers a lively art scene. The International Figure Theater Festival, the International Comic Salon, a poet's festival that is one of Germany‘s most beautiful outdoor literary happenings, and the Silent Movie Music Days all take place in the historical Huguenot town. Not to forget the charming Christmas markets that enliven the city squares in the pre-Christmas period.
At every turn, you find stony witnesses of days gone by and the relaxed, easygoing charm of modern-day Erlangen. You don‘t have to go far to see a lot. There are picturesque baroque-era houses, margravial splendor, modern architecture, and lots of green space to enjoy. Plus, you will find many shopping and leisure opportunities. Coffee shops, restaurants, and taverns are a hallmark of this university town. For over 250 years, the “Bergkirchweih” Fair has been a highlight for visitors. Every year at Pentecost, over a million visitors and locals celebrate in the beer cellars along Burgberg Mountain.