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Snapshots of Life in Erlangen, Germany

“This is a company town,” the hotel desk attendant in Erlangen, Germany told me. “People here either work for the company or its suppliers.” As I wandered the quaint streets, I noticed they were all related to the company in some way. My hotel on Werner von Siemens Strasse was no exception.

But while the company dominates this town in the Franconia Valley in both size and importance, Erlangen is also home to an important University. Students gather on the lawns to read or play sports (soccer and a form of tight-rope walking between trees seem to be the favorites). The divided sidewalks give the right-of-way to bicycles and you need to be careful not be run over by the two-wheel terrors.

Despite being a workaday factory town that was essentially obliterated in World War II, there is still a charm here. Days are filled with the tranquil atmosphere of a slower life. Sure, Erlangen lacks the medieval charms of neighboring Nuremberg or Bamberg, but its uniqueness comes through in the small details found in the corners of this town.

 

The Fountain in Erlangen’s Main Park

 

Erlangen’s Main Church

 

Antique Car in Erlangen

 

The Lion Statue

 

Main Street in Erlangen

 

A Quiet Square in Erlangen

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2 Responses to Snapshots of Life in Erlangen, Germany

  1. elaine @ carpetravel.com July 17, 2013 at 4:28 pm #

    your photo of “A Quiet Square in Erlangen” reminds me of a Google Map pin drop. =)

  2. Lance July 17, 2013 at 4:31 pm #

    Thanks Elaine! I thought the same thing when I saw it.

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