Erlangen is renowned for its university and as a centre of medicine. It is a town with many faces, a kind of “Franconian Berkeley”, a centre for high-tech development, a Huguenot town and a magnet for culture lovers. Erlangen has a tradition of tolerance and is liberal in outlook. During the 17th century Huguenots fleeing from France found refuge in the town. The university was established, the Siemens company arrived ,“ and the rest is history. Today Erlangen is home to people of 180 different nationalities, a fact that is reflected in its easy-going approach to life.