During the 17th century, Erlangen was a refuge for thousands of Hugenotten refugees, seeking to flee religious persecution in France, and in the 18th century the university was moved here from Bayreuth, because the students were considered to be too rowdy for the city of Bayreuth. Both of these events caused the city to grow and develop into the city of over 100,000 that she is today. Over the centuries Erlangen has been home to many scholars and thought leaders including Friedrich Rückert, Emmy Noether, August von Platen-Hallermünde, Johann Ludwig TIeck, and Wilhelm Heinrich Wackenroder.
Erlangen’s Burgberg marks the northern boundary of the city and is a place of solitude and nature. The water tower on top of the Burgberg supplies the city with water, and for many years the Burgberg itself was a stone quarry providing sandstone for the buildings in Erlangen and the surrounding area.
The abundance of nature makes the Burgberg a favorite place for walks, quietude, and relaxation.