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Choosing between Nuremberg and Erlangen

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I am 30, single, and I have recently been offered a relocation package for a job in Erlangen for one year (possibly two years). I currently live in Montreal, Quebec, Canada and I enjoy a very nice life here, both culturally, socially and financially, in French and in English. I am not afraid of the urban life, actually that's what I am looking to find to soothe the pain of the relocation.

 

I am wondering if anybody could give me some advise on the following:

 

Should I live in Erlangen or Nurnberg?

 

If in Nurnberg, I would want to live in a trendy area of town, one in which I can easily access the train to go to work in Erlangen, and at once live a culturally and socially rich life. I play soccer(football) so I would want to join a league. I would want to have relatively young people around me from all walks of life. I would also want to have access to paths for bicycling and running. I would like to live in a place where people are alive and active, both on the social level, yet on some nights, I would like to get a full night of peaceful sleep.

 

I like public transportation and that`s how I would get to work in Erlangen...I use it in Montreal so I would imagine that in Germany it can only be more efficient...for obvious and wonderful reasons.

 

My German is beginner's, but I would like to be fully integrated by the end of my stay, so simply put, I will put an honest effort in learning the language and interfacing with as much locals as possible. I like pubs, nightclubs, chess, museums, bicycling, poetry readings.

 

If in Erlangen, would I get bored?

 

Does anybody have any advice? If I presume too much, please let me know.

Thanks,

JF.

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If you lived in Nürnberg you could come to curry night which is frankly the highlight of the Nürnberg social scene.

 

I do however hear that despite being small, Erlangen is a wild studenty town.

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Should I live in Erlangen or Nurnberg?

My standard answer to that question is "live in Fürth". Its a nice place to live and you can be in either Nuremberg or Erlangen by public or private transport within 20 mins. Its is not, in itself, paricularly funky, but its cheaper than Erlangen and more "Gemütlich" than Nuremberg.

 

 

If in Nurnberg, I would want to live in a trendy area of town, one in which I can easily access the train to go to work in Erlangen, and at once live a culturally and socially rich life. I play soccer(football) so I would want to join a league. I would want to have relatively young people around me from all walks of life. I would also want to have access to paths for bicycling and running. I would like to live in a place where people are alive and active, both on the social level, yet on some nights, I would like to get a full night of peaceful sleep.

If you want to be really funky then head for Gostenhof, which is the student/immigrant area on the western border of Nuremberg and has loads of bars and restaurants and cheap accommodation. Cheap can often mean basic too though and its more the punky end of funky. Lots of people move there and never want to leave, others find it too much.

 

The "young, upwardly mobile" types have tended to be in Johannes, which is north of the city centre, but Im not sure thats still so true. lots of bars and places to go here too.

 

If you really want to be in the thick of it, living in the old town, the "Burgviertel" around the castle is the way to go, but places here can be wildly expensive, small in size and parking is a nightmare.

 

 

I like public transportation and that`s how I would get to work in Erlangen...I use it in Montreal so I would imagine that in Germany it can only be more efficient...for obvious and wonderful reasons.

Nuremberg, Fürth and Erlangen are linked with an extremely efficient common public transport system encompassing trains, trams, underground lines and busses. No problems anywhere there.

 

 

My German is beginner's, but I would like to be fully integrated by the end of my stay, so simply put, I will put an honest effort in learning the language and interfacing with as much locals as possible. I like pubs, nightclubs, chess, museums, bicycling, poetry readings.

If in Erlangen, would I get bored?

In two years? No. Erlangen is very studenty and can get a bit parochial, but Nuremberg is big enough to be fun without being so big you can get lost. Even if you found yourself bored with whats directly available, Regensburg and Würzburg (big student towns) are 1hr away and even Munich is only 90mins on a good run and if all else fails you can be in Frankfurt in 2 hours. If you get bored with that lot on offer then the problem is you.

 

I can tick off from personal experience pubs (all sorts), clubs (all sorts) museums (plenty in Nuremberg and even more in Munich with international exhibitions) cycling (everywhere has cyclepaths and the local area is pefect for cycling - there are even some rad mountainbike areas if you look for them) and poetry (incl. a very vibrant slam/impro scene). I dont play chess or football but Im sure you can find some like-minded people around.

 

You wont get bored. I havent managed it in 20 years.

 

andy M

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Hi, im a 20 year old female student from uk and im beginning work in herzogenaurach in a coupe of weeks and i need to find accommodation in erlangen or nuremberg?

Which city is best to live in? I wouldnt mind iving with students, and I would definitely prefer a flat share oppurtunity? Also, I need to know the public transport situation from erlangen to herzo, and nuremberg to herzo in order to make a decision?

Any help anyone could give me would be greatly appreciated, as I need to find somewhere ASAP and I dont know where to start!

Thanks!!

 

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I have been to Herzogenaurach for work a few times not seen much other than the company I was visiting there though. I also worked with a company in Erlangen and have been there too.

 

Erlangen is closer that is for sure although not sure on the public transport links.

 

I assume that as a student you will want to be getting out and meeting people at evenings so perhaps Nuremburg would be a better option for you. Also depending on your language skills and what you want out of your time here you might find you'll meet more expats to socialise with in Nuremburg.

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For commuting by public transport you would be best with Erlangen. From Nuremberg it is difficult. VGN

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I am 30, single, and I have recently been offered a relocation package for a job in Erlangen for one year (possibly two years). I currently live in Montreal, Quebec, Canada and I enjoy a very nice life here, both culturally, socially and financially, in French and in English. I am not afraid of the urban life, actually that's what I am looking to find to soothe the pain of the relocation.

Are you working for Siemens by any chance?

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