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Botanischer Garten Erlangen
The Botanischer Garten Erlangen (2 hectares), also known as the Botanischer Garten der Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, is a botanical garden maintained by the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg and located on the north side of the castle garden in the city center at Loschgestraße 3, Erlangen, Franconia, Germany. It is open daily except Monday.
The garden's origins date back to 1626 when the hortus medicus was established in Nuremberg. In 1747 a botanical garden was created on on that site, and since 1828 the botanical garden has been established at its current location.
Today the garden contains about 4,000 species representing a wide range of plants of different climates, including those maintained within greenhouses (about 1700 m²). The garden also contains Neischl Grotto, an artificial cave renovated in May 2008. The Herbarium Erlangense is a herbarium containing about 158,000 records from around the world.
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Erlangen is today dominated by the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg and the numerous branch offices of Siemens AG, as well as a large Institute of the Fraunhofer Society. An event that still influences the city was the settlement of Huguenots after the withdrawal of the Edict of Nantes in 1685. There is also the annual Bergkirchweih, an annual beer festival that is not as big as Oktoberfest, but still packs loads of entertainment.
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The Bergkirchweih is an annual beer festival, similar to the Oktoberfest in Munich (Munich vacation rentals | Munich travel guide) but smaller in scope, and therefore more intimate. It takes place during the twelve days before and after Pentecost, under the spring trees of the
Berg a small craggy, wooded hill, with old caves owned by local breweries. Around the door of the keller, the faithful of each brewery has its faithful drinkers, liter sized clay
krugs in hand, at the reserved tables of wood, seating perhaps 10 or 20 friends. The Bier Fest draws more than one million visitors each year. There are carnival rides if high tech quality, food stalls of every imaginable Franken dish, from bratwurst to roast-suckling pig, from cinnamon "burnt almonds" to giant chewy pretzels. It is commonly known by local residents as the
Berchkärwa or simply the
Berch. This is outdoor event, packed with Franconians in various states of enjoyment, is practically unknown by tourists.
The University of Erlangen-Nuremberg was founded in 1742 by Frederick, Margrave of Brandenburg-Bayreuth, in the city of Bayreuth (Bayreuth vacation rentals | Bayreuth travel guide), but was relocated to Erlangen the next year. Today, it features 11 departments, 2 of which (Economics and Education) are located in Nuremberg (Nuremberg vacation rentals | Nuremberg travel guide). About 24,000 students study at this university, of which about 20,000 are located in Erlangen.
The Botanischer Garten Erlangen is a botanical garden maintained by the university.
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More about the History of Erlangen
Erlangen was first mentioned officially in 1002 under the name of "villa erlangon". In 1361, the village was sold to Emperor Karl IV. Three years later, a city was built close to the village, which in 1374 got its own coining station (mint). In 1398, the municipal rights were confirmed. In 1402, the city was vested to the House of Hohenzollern as part of the principality of Brandenburg-Kulmbach (from 1603 on Brandenburg-Bayreuth), staying under their rule until 1806. During the four year Napoleonic occupation, Erlangen was the capital of the so-called
Low County (Unterland) of the principality, encompassing the area until Neustadt an der Aisch and separated from the
High County (Oberland) by a land corridor. In 1810 it became part of the Kingdom of Bavaria, together with the rest of former Brandenburg-Bayreuth.
Already during the Bavarian municipal reform of 1818, the city was endowed with its own administration. In 1862, the canton administration Erlangen was founded, from which later arose the administrative district of Erlangen. In 1972, this district was merged with the administrative district of Höchstadt. Erlangen became the capital of this newly founded district Erlangen-Höchstadt. During this municipal reform, Erlangen was effectively enlarged considerably, so that by 1974, it had more than 100,000 inhabitants.
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Located near the larger city of Nurembuerg, Erlangen is today dominated by the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg and the numerous branch offices of Siemens AG, as well as a large Institute of the Fraunhofer Society. An event that still influences the city was the settlement of Huguenots after the withdrawal of the Edict of Nantes in 1685. Attracting over 1 million visitors annually, the annual Bergkirchweih beer festival is beloved by many and features local beers. What could be better than local beer enjoyed in the mild spring days around Pentecost?
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