Near as I can figure out this town is in north-central Germany maybe 10 km or so east of Naturpark Elm-Lappwald. Other than that I can't find anything about it.
Does anyone have any info in German or English on this town? Especially on accommodations and whether there is a rail station nearby?
BTW there's a nearby town call Irxleben, I want the one with the "E" in it!
The closest trainstation is at Osterburg, which is 4 km away. It's on the main Magdeburg - Schwerin railway line.
For more information: www.osterburg.de
There's several Erxlebens in that area - the one just south of Osterburg is about 80km northeast of the (correct?) one that's due east of the Elm-Lappwald. (Assuming there's not also multiple Osterburgs.)
Google maps shows rail right nearby the city I'm looking at. Doesn't look like there's a train station at that place, but the nearby Eilsleben should have a train station. Still trying to get the bahn.de website to tell me which line that'd be on.
edit: okay, so Magdeburg to Helmstedt and Braunschweig is the line that goes through Eilsleben.
[ Edit: Edited on Jan 2, 2007, at 1:10 PM by Sander ]
There are several Osterburgs!
BTW, I live in Magdeburg, and the settlement Sander posted a link to is a very very small village. It is so small that it is part of a "Verwaltungsgemeinschaft", an administrave conglomerate formed by very small communities to better conduct public service. At Dec 31st 2005 it had exactly 1313 inhabitants.
The best way to get there is IMO by rental car from Magdeburg train station. There should be a bus too, but it might run only every three hours or so. Check at www.insa.de for public transport to Erxleben.
It should be noted that Erxleben is part of the "Verwaltungsgemeinschaft" named "Flechtingen" in the "Landkreis" (=county) of "Ohrekreis" in the federal state of "Sachsen-Anhalt".
If you are set on going there Will, reply here and I will help you with further information.
Wow, completely off topic, but that map you can get by clicking through from there is just too cool! To see a non-microsoft/yahoo/google player create something like that... wow. It doesn't work too well, but when it does it's just awesome... Is that map service well known / generally used in Germany?
Yep, very widely used. www.meinestadt.de and wikipedia are the best sources for cities in Germany. www.meinestadt.de is especially useful for small to medium sized cities, as it is an ad-sponsored directory similar to the yellow pages containing general info on the city in question on top of it. Unfortunately there are no entries for Erxleben, which tells you a lot of the size and importance of the location!!
Thanks to everyone for the information. My wife's maiden name is Erxleben and that's not a common name so we were wondering about a city connection. I'm familiar with Dorothea (sic?) Erxleben, Germany's first woman physician for whom several things are named. Also Russel Erxleben the former NFL kicker who still holds the record for the longest field goal (64 yards!)
Thanks for the map t_maia. We're going to visit the area later this year.
Ok, I did a google search for german websites containing Erxleben.
There are indeed two Erxlebens, both not too far from each other.
1) "Erxleben bei Haldensleben", just off the A2 (interstate number 2 in US-American lingo), part of the "Verwaltungsgemeinschaft Flechtingen" in "Ohrekreis" county, federal state of Sachsen-Anhalt, coordinates 52° 13′ N, 11° 15′ O.
2) "Erxleben" near Osterburg, on the Federal Road 189, part of the "Verwaltungsgemeinschaft Osterburg" in "Altmarkkreis" county, federal state of Sachsen-Anhalt, coordinates: 52° 45′ N, 11° 46′ O
I found these links, relating to Erxleben number 1:
It is a driving tour in a small area north of Braunschweig, crossing the state borders between Niedersachsen and Sachsen-Anhalt. The castle ruin at Erxleben is one stop, the museum at the former border crossing point between the GDR and the Federal Republic of Germany at Marienborn the next. I can highly recommend this museum. Both Erxlebens are situated in the area of former Eastern Germany, this one is right behind the border.
If you want to visit both, the best way is to base yourself in Magdeburg. It is about 2 hours of driving by car between the two villages, 15 minutes from Magdeburg going west to the first and 1 h 20 minutes going north from Magdeburg to the second. Coming from the US, fly either to Frankfurt or via London to Berlin or Hannover. From there take the train to Magdeburg and rent a car. The Hertz rental station at the train station in Magdeburg offers discounts to anybody showing them a used train ticket. If you want, mail me the dates you are travelling and I can get you into contact with a very nice lady in Magdeburg who rents out guest rooms in her house for 30 EUR per night. (She happens to be my boss too. :-P)
Useful adresses and links:
Use this link, click on "Service" on the left, then on "Informationsstellen" inside the frame, then on "Touristinformationen". It will give you a list of tourist information agencies which are able to provide you with leaflets and brochures on the regions and communities they represent, book beds for you, arrange tickets, etc. Often only in German, but their service is excellent!
Other helpful adresses and links:
Fremdenverkehrsgemeinschaft Elm-Lappwald e. V.
Herrn Henning Schrader
Tel. (0 53 51) 121-14 44
Herrn Christian Ulrich
Tel.: (0 53 51) 121-14 43
Fax: (0 53 51) 121-16 22
eMail: tourist( at )elm-lappwald.de
http://www.magdeburg.de/ (See my biggest boss, the Oberbuergermeister, smiling at you!)
Magdeburg Tourist Information
Telefon: 0391 / 540 49 03
Fax: 0391 / 540 49 30
E-Mail: information( at )magdeburg-tourist.de
Hope I helped!
[ Edit: Edited on Jan 9, 2007, at 1:48 PM by t_maia ]