Refreshing "small" city
With its wide avenues, baroque buildings and open squares, Erlangen is considered to be one of the best conserved planned baroque cities in Germany and is attractive for its very special atmosphere. Be it the beautiful castle garden in the city centre, the historic city with its winding lanes, great shopping opportunities within short distances, a creative food scene, excellent cultural institutions and events as well as a practised beer tradition - all of them offer a great deal of variety and fun when it comes to leisure activities. Approximately half of the city's surface is covered by two conservation areas and 21 nature reserves extending over 3,538 ha. They offer a large area of recreation in Bavaria's "greenest" city.
With more than 35,000 students of approx. 170 courses of study, the Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nuremberg), which is Bavaria's second-largest university, offers an excellent education at one of Germany's finest research universities. Alongside Siemens AG and its affiliated companies, Friedrich-Alexander University has been Erlangen's backbone, a city that has ranked among Germany's most attractive business locations for years. Hence, when in 2007 an analysis about the competitiveness of all of the 439 independent cities and rural districts in Germany was carried out, Erlangen ranked fourth (in 2004 it was still in seventh place). The city's growth rate has been especially outstanding.
Also in the Innovations- und Gründerzentrum Nürnberg-Fürth-Erlangen (Innovation and Start-up Centre Nuremberg-Fürth-Erlangen) and the Medical Valley, education and economy are commonly found together. This is an ideal platform for start-ups, who have always been able to set trends in commercial life. Not least because it supports new and innovative technologies, Erlangen was Bavaria's first city to be awarded the title "Most Business-Friendly Community" by the Bavaria State Government in 1998.
Highlights for your leisure time
- Numerous cultural programmes like the Comic-Salon, the Internationales Figuren-Theater-Festival (International Puppet Theatre Festival) and the Poetenfest (Poets Festival)
- Erlangen on Ice – ice-skating on the market square
- Historical Christmas Market on the Neustädter Kirchenplatz (Neustädter Church Square)
- StummFilmMusikTage Erlangen (SilentFilmMusicDays Erlangen)
- International Folk Dance Festival
- Weekend of Fear (festival for obscure films)
- Tennenlohe Forest – covering an area of 934 ha, the biggest nature reserve in Middle Franconia offers one of the last extensive sand-based ecological systems in Southern Germany
- Botanical Garden with magnificent plants the indigenous to the exotic
- Lilien-Arche (Lily Ark) Erlangen, a garden centre full of curiosities and adventure, covering an area of 4,000 m2
- Children like the PLAYMOBIL-FunPark, the Walderlebniszentrum (Forest Adventure Centre) Tennenlohe or the Huckepack-Erlebnisernten (Piggyback Adventure Harvests) and much more