Saturday, August 16, 2014

What I love about living in.................Herzogenaurach!

Name: Jennie Le Feuvre 

Hometown: Oxford, England


Family Status: Married, 3 children (aged 7, 5 and 1)

Occupation: Stay at home Mum  (midwife and nurse prior to moving)

What brought you to Germany? Husband's job (Siemens delegation)

How long have you been here?  3 1/2 years

How did you settle on Herzogenaurach?
We really liked the house and as there weren't many properties on the market at the time we acted quickly when we found it. We wanted 4 or 5 bedrooms and plenty of space, a park nearby and shops that we could get to without using the car preferably. We didn't want to be a a village and Erlangen (although the obvious choice as my husband works there) was too expensive for the type of property we were looking for. This house and Herzogenaurach ticked all of the boxes!

How easy is it to meet people? Other expats?
Really easy! There are loads of expats in this area, it's very popular because of Adidas and Puma's head offices being here. I met English speaking people in parks, cafe's and supermarkets really quickly (often running after them when I heard them speak!) People here are friendly and the local people are very used to foreigner's so helpful and usually speak some English, especially the younger ones.

Favorite things about living in Herzogenaurach?
Being able to walk to friend's houses, shops and kindergarten. The little shops in the town are small but lovely, the Ice cream cafe's are great and the children love the little street's and cobbles! The outdoor pool (Freibad) is 5 minutes from our house and we go all the time when the weather is good. The large indoor pool (Atlantis) is walking distance too which is great and convenient for swimming lessons in the week. I love that we can get a babysitter and nip out for a quiet dinner or glass of wine in the evening too.

Kid friendly?
Definitely! It's quiet, safe and friendly and there's good toy shops, playgrounds and swimming pools.

School information?
There's loads of kindergartens and 1 large primary school and 1 smaller one. There are high schools too, all within walking distance of the centre.

What do you do on the weekend?
We socialise with friends locally, go swimming, or head out further afield to Nuremberg (about 25 minutes away) or Erlangen (about 15 minutes). In the summer we go to beer garden's or the bigger attractions like Playmobil or the Zoo for example. Because we have lots of room for guests to visit and the UK is pretty close... we have A LOT of visitor's so we do a lot of sight seeing with them!

Surprises about the area?
We love the atmosphere of Herzogenaurach's festivals. There always seems to be something going on in the Summer at the weekend, the Medieval Festival, the Old Town Festival, the Beer Festival. It's small and friendly and safe for the kids to run around so we can relax and enjoy the Bavarian Sausage and Beer!!

Any negatives about the area?
The 'City' is a Town in my opinion! It's nice but it is small and I need to go to Erlangen and Nuremberg to get certain food items that aren't available easily here. Although we like to go out here for dinner, there really are only a couple of good restaurant's and after a while it can be a little repetitive!

Transportation? Do I need a car?
Yes I think so! Although you can technically manage without one (shops, dr's all in walking distance) the bus routes to other places aren't great and I would find it hard not to be able to socialise with people who live outside for Herzogenaurach and it's good to be able to get out when you're trying to make new friend's.

Pretty non existent in my experience. The children leave their bikes/scooter's out and unlocked and we feel very secure. My husband travels a lot and I feel fine at home alone with the children.

Doctors? There are plenty to choose from, GP's paediatrician's, Obs/Gynae, Dentists, minor injuries all in Herzogenaurach and an out of hours service too. If you need a hospital though... Erlangen is the closest.

Hairdresser? I go into Erlangen for a hair cut! I happily get the children's hair cut in the Market place in town (Bella Capelli) but a bigger city feels a little less risky for a good hair cut!

Favorite spot for a beer? Bayerischer Hof, more of a restaurant and the food is great- good beer, nice Cocktails and outside seating.

Café for a coffee? We have breakfast most Saturday morning's at Cafe und Brot (the best chocolate Muffins we've found).

Favorite restaurants?Kleine Welt is a nice Gastro Pub and serves the best steak I've had in Germany. Cardelli's is our local Italian and we take the children for dinner their often. Or walk up to the little Airport for a pizza in their restaurant and watch the planes and helicopters take off- keeps the children entertained!

Place to watch a game? Kreis'l usual show's big games....

Clothing? Herzogenaurach isn't famous for high end fashion! You can get a few essentials for the children and there are the Puma and Adidas outlets but I venture to Erlangen on preferably Nuremberg if I want to shop.

Taste of home?  You can get most things 'from home' in Herzogenaurach in the various supermarkets, it's the more unusual food items and things for Asian cooking that I struggle most with. For those items I tend to go to the Asian supermarket in Erlangen.

Other helpful hints for newcomers? Get out and meet people! A place soon feels like home when you make friends and there are lots of friendly faces willing to help, people who have experienced feeling new too.

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