Well lawdy Fräulein Clawdy! The German town of Friedberg has upped its Elvis game considerably. After renaming the town square Elvis-Presley-Platz in the 90’s, officials ordered a royal Presley make-over for three pedestrian lights around the square.
When red, Elvis behind his microphone will have you rubberneckin’ – stop, look and listen, baby – while a hip-shaking Jailhouse-Rock-era Elvis gives a swinging green go-ahead to get your blue suede shoes to stepping.
Why Friedberg? Fans know that young Private Presley was stationed here in the central German State of Hesse from October 1958 until March 1960. While he lived in nearby Bad Nauheim, Elvis’ spirit has never left the building in Friedberg.
Want to walk a mile in his German shoes? Friedberg is easily reachable by car from Frankfurt Airport in 30 minutes. The Elvis lights can be found at crossings on the Kaiserstrasse, near the Höhe Wolfengasse, Haagstrasse and Reisebüro Haas.
While you’re there, it’s good to know that Bad Nauheim’s black-granite Elvis Presley Memorial (Elvis-Stele) is only a ten-minute drive from Elvis-Presley-Platz. We recommend going in August when the European Elvis Festival has the region all shook up, but thanks to Bad Nauheim’s extensive tips for local Elvis sights, a German Presley pilgrimage is always worth your while.