It isn't hard to guess why locals refer to the Bavarian city of Erlangen as 'The Siemens City'. The German engineering giant has a strong presence here and expats living in Erlangen will find that the company often comes up in conversation. The city's nickname hardly does it justice, though, and expatriates in Erlangen will discover that this relatively small city of 100,000 people has a lot to boast about. It has a strong educational atmosphere, with the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg giving the city a strong intellectual economy and a proud heritage. It also maintains a Botanical Garden which is well worth visiting, and for that matter expats living in Erlangen have a wealth of history and great architecture to explore. The city's castle is one of the most elegant in the region, and the city's streetscape has plenty of the famous Bavarian beauty to take in.
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As the city is a small one, expatriates moving to Erlangen from abroad will generally fly into a larger German city before taking a bus, taxi or train to Erlangen. The railway station is a particularly beautiful gateway to the city, and the routes into Erlangen are a good way to get a taste of the Germany countryside, which Bavarians are justifiably proud of. Expats moving to Erlangen can find out more about getting around and settling in as an expatriate on the InterNations website, where we have a good collection of articles to help expatriates moving to Erlangen and similar cities get the most out of their experiences. The Expat Magazine is our own collection of online articles on subjects ranging from living abroad to expatriate finance and insurance, as well as information on issues like cross-cultural communication. This collection is augmented by articles by InterNations members, who have plenty of useful tips and advice to offer from their own experiences of expatriation.
The city may be comparatively small in size, but there is a buzzing economic life there. The University provides a strong research base for local businesses, and the presence of Siemens gives expats working in Erlangen the impression of a city with a gift for engineering. There is plenty for expats in Erlangen to see and do after hours as well – the city's pubs and restaurants serve plenty of the beer and hearty cuisine that Bavaria is so famous for. Expatriates working in Erlangen may like to get in touch with other expats and global minds, which is easy to do using our InterNations discussion groups and private communications. Communicating in this way is an easy way to organize meet-ups, network or simply get more information on life in this busy Bavarian city.