Erlangen was mentioned as far back as the year 1002, and today boasts a thriving university as well as interesting cultural offerings. With a little over 100,000 inhabitants, Erlangen is no longer the small village of yore. It hosts Bergkirchweih, which is an annual beer festival somewhat similar to Munich s Oktoberfest. There is also a botanical garden which draws visitors interested in botany from afar. Overall, Erlangen is a mostly quiet and beautiful small city that has long standing roots and historical attractions.