Meet in Erlangen where innovation is at home
Erlangen might be a relatively small city in Franconia, however, as a hub for research and science, it is a major player competing on an international level. Be inspired by a place where some groundbreaking inventions where made and create your own pioneering event.
Germany's centre for high tech and science
Don’t be deceived by Erlangen’s beautiful old town and baroque heritage (not not be missed, by the way!), this city just north of Nuremberg is also a top business location in northern Bavaria and centre for high tech and science. Germany’s industrial giant Siemens is headquartered here, the local Friedrich Alexander University is renowned for science and research, and private and public research institutes such as Fraunhofer and Max Planck plus a large number of tech start-ups add further spark to the city’s innovative spirit. International events such as the International Conference on Organic Electronics 2015 or Loops‘ 2015 on loop quantum gravity can benefit from relevant know-how and the city’s modern congress facilities.
Did you know?
Erlangen is a city of inventors: The pencil sharpener, astronaut food as well as the MP3 data compression standard were all born in this Franconian powerhouse of innovation.
Transport & Location
Transport and Location
With a population of just over 111,000, Erlangen lies in the centre of Franconia and in direct neighbourhood (about 10 miles) of Nuremberg and Fürth. The distance to Frankfurt, Munich and Stuttgart is approximately 125 miles, and Nuremberg has an international airport that is a mere 20-minute drive away. Erlangen’s train station is served by high-speed ICE trains with frequent connections to and from, for example, Munich and Berlin.
Erlangen’s main venue is the Heinrich-Lades-Hall. As one of northern Bavaria’s major congress centres, it features two halls, eight conference rooms and offers space for up to 3,000 guests – ideal for congresses and conventions, trade fairs, seminars or festive occasions.
Moreover, numerous modern conference hotels make Erlangen and the surrounding area a perfect event destination. The properties, some of them family-owned, are ideal venues, providing suitable spaces for any kind of occasion, be it small meetings or conferences of up to 300 people. Erlangen Convention Bureau is the main contact for event planers.
Things to see & do
Things to see & do
Many know Erlangen as a city of beer – we’re in Bavaria, after all – and one of the world’s oldest beer festivals, the Bergkirchweih, draws more than a million visitors each year at Pentecost. However, apart from touring the city’s breweries, there’s more to see and do: The local castle, which dates back to 1700 and today houses the university’s administrative offices, features an enchanting baroque castle gardens – perfect for a leisurely stroll – with the impressive “Huguenots‘ fountain“ from 1706 that reminds of the many Huguenot families that settled in Erlangen after the revocation of the Edict of Nantes in 1685. At the garden’s northern edge, you’ll find the city’s beautiful Botanical Garden with about 4,000 different plant species from around the world. Tip: Book a Segway tour and let your delegates discover Erlangen on this self-balancing electric scooters!
Not only Siemens....
As the “Medical Valley“ of the Nuremberg European Metropolitan Region (EMN), Erlangen is known for its medical and healthcare cluster with a unique concentration of research facilities, clinics, networks and more than 180 medical technology enterprises.