Erlangen City Breaks
Nestled in the middle of Franconia, Erlangen is a typical German city with plenty of natural beauty and historic charm. A destination for all seasons, there is plenty to do throughout the year, including the country's oldest beer festival in the spring and a magical Christmas market in winter.
After Margrave Christian Ernst built a new town to house thousands of French Huguenot refugees in the 17th century, Erlangen existed as two separate towns for more than 120 years. However, in 1812, the old and new towns were merged to create the city as we know it today. It is still very easy to see the difference between the two areas though. The Medieval old quarter, with its cobbled streets, can easily be differentiated from the newer Baroque quarter and its sweeping squares.
Thanks to its brilliant location within Bavaria, Erlangen can serve as a great base for visiting some of the fantastic towns and cities in the surrounding area. Nuremberg and Bamberg are less than half an hour away and Regensburg can be reached in just over an hour.
- Flight time from London: 1hr 40min (flying into Nuremberg)
- Albrecht Dürer Airport Nurnberg: 16km from the city centre; transfer time about 20min
- Nearest railway station: Erlangen (Easily reached via ICE train from Nuremberg)
- Currency: Euro
This palace garden was partly influenced by the gardens of Versailles and partly by a typical English Garden. It features a prominent fountain that depicts Huguenot refugees and Christian Ernst. There is also a botanical garden which is home to many varieties of plants from tropical and subtropical regions. One particular garden is dedicated to aromatic plants that are used for cooking and medicine.
This was one of the key buildings that Ernst built his new town around. It was the first Huguenot Church outside of France and visitors can climb the tower for excellent views.
Heinrich Kirchner Sculpture Garden
This open-air museum features 17 different sculptures by local artist Heinrich Kirchner. They portray different ways that humans interact with nature.
This new museum showcases the technological developments in medicine over the last 200 years.
This brewhouse is situated on the festival grounds of the Bergkirchweih beer festival. It is the perfect place to try some of the local beers and you can also tour the cellars.
This cafe has a big emphasis on sustainably sourced, organic ingredients and prides itself on its homemade products. There's also a large outdoor terrace where you can sit and watch the world go by.
Typical Franconian fare and local beer served in a cosy beer garden.
With a friendly beer garden out the front and a cosy atmosphere inside, this is another great place to try some regional specialities. The rustic, wooden furniture adds to the homely feeling and some of the food is cooked in a wood-fired oven in full view of diners.
Local Dishes To Try
- Local carp
- German pretzels - known as Brezen
- Schäuferle - Pork shoulder served in a beer sauce
- Franconian bratwurst
263rd Erlanger Bergkirchweih - 17th to 28th of May, 2018
Germany's oldest beer festival is the biggest event of the summer. It attracts around one million visitors every year and locals love to join in the fun with a picnic on the festival grounds. There's plenty of local beer to try and lots of fairground rides.
Schlossgartenkonzerte - May to August, Every Year
Each summer, open-air concerts are held in the palace gardens every Sunday.
Erlanger SchlossStrand - Summer
Every summer, a manmade beach is created in front of the Margrave Palace.
Erlangen Poetry Festival - 24th – 27th August 2017
Writer and journalists come to the city to share their work and to take educational lectures on the subject of poetry.
Christmas Market - 27th November – 24th December 2017 and 26th November – 24th December 2018
The Erlangen Christmas markets have more of a traditional feel than those in bigger cities. The stalls and less crowded and there are plenty of local handicrafts on offer.