Saarbrücken Germany
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Stiftskirche St Arnual. Saarbrücken Tourism
Stiftskirche St Arnual. Saarbrücken Tourism
Saarbrücken Old Bridge. Saarbrücken Tourism
Saarbrücken Old Bridge. Saarbrücken Tourism
Shopping at Fröschengasse in Saarbrücken
Shopping at Fröschengasse in Saarbrücken
Europa Galerie. Photo Saarbrücken Tourism
Europa Galerie. Photo Saarbrücken Tourism
Saarbrücken Sign. Photo Saarbrücken Tourism
Saarbrücken Sign. Photo Saarbrücken Tourism
Outside of the Saarbrücken Castle at Night
Outside of the Saarbrücken Castle at Night
Night at Saarbrücken Castle Christmas Market
Night at Saarbrücken Castle Christmas Market
Ludwig Church. Photo by Wolfgang Staudt
Ludwig Church. Photo by Wolfgang Staudt

Saarbrücken Information

Saarbrücken is a moderate sized city located on the Saar River. In German “Brücke” means bridge, which is where the city gets its name as it features more than a dozen bridges and is the capital city for the Saarland State of Germany.

The history of Saarbrücken dates back to early Roman times, however it is more well known for its history in the Middle Ages to the 20th Century for being an industrial and transport centre for the Saar coal mines.

Due to its proximity to France, Saarbrücken is a great town to visit with picturesque rural attractions and historical places in the city to discover. The towns Alte Brücke (Old Bridge) dates back to 1546, and the Castle Wall provides a panoramic view of the city giving you just a taste of its wonderful one thousand plus year history.

One of the Saarbrücken’s hottest attractions is Ludwigskirche (Ludwig’s Church) with its fine display of opulent royal architecture. The church is located on Ludwigsplatz Square and is considered one of the most stylish churches in Germany built in 1775 as a complete work of art.

Another great attraction is the city town hall (Rathaus St. Johann) with its 180 foot tower that dominating the skyline of the city. Saarbrücken Castle of course is the crown jewel of the city. The history of the castle dates back to the year 999 but it has needed restoration through the years and is today back to its former glory. A guided tour of the castle is recommended and if you want to see the castle’s best splendour then why not visit at Christmas time for the city’s famous Saarbrücken Christmas Market at the castle.

Saarbrücken also has many museums and Art galleries to discover with the Saarland Museum featuring paintings and artefacts from the 16th and 17th century. To see even older items a visit to the Museum for Prehistoric and Early History houses archaeological items that date back to the Stone Age. An interesting museum is the Saarland Clock Museum. This museum features unique timepieces form all over Europe right to the beginnings of the measurement of time.

For more information on Saarbrücken as a holiday destination, you may also want to visit the official government tourism website Landeshauptstadt Saarbrücken

Rathaus (Council House) and view of Saarbrücken. Photo by Dirk Weishaar
Rathaus (Council House) and view of Saarbrücken. Photo by Dirk Weishaar
Daytime at St Johanner Market Square. Photo Saarbrücken Tourism
Daytime at St Johanner Market Square. Photo Saarbrücken Tourism