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Have you ever been to Esperanto Town?

In 2006, the German city of Herzberg (am Harz) announced that it would officially also be known as "Esperanto-Urbo".

You can read about their announcement below: http://www.liberafolio.org/2006/esperantourbo

The city also has a website dedicated to supporting Esperanto and promoting Esperanto-Urbo: http://esperanto-urbo.de/page.php?pid=77507155

And finally you can download a brochure at the link below: http://esperanto-urbo.de/download.php?did=99988399

I am curious if there are any Esperantists here who have visited Esperanto-Urbo? What was it like?

Dankon!

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https://www.duolingo.com/rapn21
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I was there a month ago. It's a nice village, but very small and quiet. I mean unless you're walking through the main street you don't see people and you can see everything in the village in a day. The buildings are very traditional style which I found nice.

Calling it an Esperanto town is a bit of an exaggeration. There is a cafe run by an Esperantist, I spent a couple of hours there but was the only customer. About 3 other shops have Esperanto menus, but that's it. There is an activist in the town who has an incredibly impressive library of Esperanto books and newspapers. I went to a meeting of the local group but unfortunately the main organiser was away and didn't tell anyone, so the meeting was with 3 locals who didn't speak any Esperanto and didn't know what was going on.

So a nice town but nothing special. If you're passing by you can have a look, but it's not really worth going out of your way for it.

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I can just say I went to high school in Herzberg and live near that city. I also learned Esperanto in Herzberg although it was only a course for a week (30h). Still a lot for Esperanto.

Don't confuse it with the other Herzberg. The Esperanto Urbo is Herzberg am Harz.

It's a small town and unfortunately many stores there close and the city seems to be empty. Young people move away and old people stay. Stores come and close the month after. The pedestrian area seems to be dead.

But there are things to see. Visit the castle.

If you know German or just want to have a look at the pictures:

https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Herzberg_am_Harz

http://www.museum-schloss-herzberg.de/

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https://www.duolingo.com/rdee1000

It's great to hear from someone from the area. Thank you Jens Bu for chiming in. As far as the demographics, it an unfortunate yet familiar story around the world. And the links you shared are helpful. Thanks. :)

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I've been there, but it was really early ... I think in 2007. I hear a lot has changed since then.

And there's this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=66pjYD_n1G4 :)

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Very nice.

Here is a video of the town which Youtube recommended me when I was watching the video about Herzberg as Esperanto town.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=onCg4mSWGaQ

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Thank you for sharing that link amuzulo. I've watched several of Evildea's videos...they're really helpful yet I managed to miss this one. I've just finished watching the vid and it was a very comprehensive view. Well worth the watch!

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The citys name is "Herzberg (am Harz)", not "Herzburg".

And no, i haven't been there yet.

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https://www.duolingo.com/rdee1000

Thank you, I've edited it.

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https://www.duolingo.com/TolisFintanis

Interesting! thanks for share.

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Reply2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/rdee1000

You're welcome. It seems like an interesting place even without the Esperanto aspect. Ĝis!

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That's very interesting. I am going to read about it and in the future I'd like to visit it. Thanks for the information.

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