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Bahnhofstrasse 71-73, Saarbrucken, Saarland, 66111, Germany
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One thing they have managed to accomplish, against all odds, is to ban automobiles from large parts of the city center. They did this in stages, starting in 1979, but the largest chunk of it was done in 1996/97. Now there is a pedestrian zone extending from the station all the way through the city center and down to the theater and museums.
Of course the buildings on both sides are still mainly prime examples of mediocre post-war architecture, but at least the cars are gone.
The first photo shows the auto-free Reichstrasse, with the main railroad station in the background and some nondescript buildings off to the right.
Second photo: One of the few really attractive buildings in the pedestrian zone is this Bergwerksdirektion building, which was built from 1877 to 1880 as the administration building for the then Royal Prussian Mines. In the 1970s the building came very close to being torn down, but after numerous protests is was instead restored from 1974 to 1976. The current threat to the building is that there are plans to turn it into a department store, which would mean tearing out the insides and just leaving the facade more or less intact.
Third photo: Saarstrasse with outdoor restaurants.
Fourth photo: Johannermarkt. This was the first section of the pedestrian zone, which was established in 1979.
Fifth photo: An oom-pah band on the Bahnhofstrasse, in the pedestrian zone.
History Museum Saar
The entrance to the History Museum is right next to the palace on Schlossplatz. It looks somewhat like a Quonset hut, and doesn't seem to be very large from the outside, but it is actually quite huge since most of it is under ground, incorporating the remains of a medieval tower and ramparts which have been excavated over the past eighty years.
The museum was built essentially on top of the historical remains, to protect and preserve them. Further excavations have now begun on the square in front of the museum and the palace.
In addition to the archeological remains, the museum includes detailed exhibits on the history of this region over the past thousand years, but paying special attention to the past century: the First and Second World Wars, the Nazi dictatorship and the development of the Saarland over the past fifty years.
When I was there they also had a very thoughtful and balanced special exhibit on the referendum of 1955, when the people of the Saarland again voted to re-join Germany.
To get the most out of this museum you would have to understand German, since there are very few texts in any other language, not even in French even though the border is just a few kilometers a way.
The museum is open Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thursday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday from 12 noon to 6 p.m. Closed on Mondays.
Admission is EUR 2.50 for the permanent exhibit (1.50 if you get a reduction) and EUR 3.00 for the special exhibits (also 1.50 reduced). Or you can get a combination ticket for EUR 4.00 which gets you into everything.
Second photo: Inside the History Museum.
Third photo: Remains of an old wall, in the museum.
Saarbruecken (capital of Germany's state Saarland) is this year’s focal point for the German Unity Day's celebrations. The celebrations move from state to state each year, based on which state helms the upper house of parliament.
At Germany's reunification festival in Saarbruecken, Chancellor Mrs. Merkel said that German unity “didn’t fall from the heavens. It was the result of bravery, decisiveness and civic courage.”
In praising the work of civil society and dissidents in East Germany, Chancellor Mrs. Merkel said the spirit of the peaceful revolution in 1989 should be example to Germans today.
After September 27/2009 election, which returned Christian Democratic Union to another term in office, Chancellor Mrs. Merkel also appealed to Germans of all stripes to work together.
Saarbruecken lies in a wide, green valley which landscape is formed mainly due to the impact of the Saar river, and a chain of lovely hills.
Saarbruecken's name comes from Celtic, and means flowing waters. The word fragment Briga (bruecke) is translated as large stone. Referring to the rocks of the old bridge built over the first castle.
American Cemetary at St Avold
The American Cemetary has a full time American Supervisor that lives near the grounds. The cemetary was established and is being maintained by a Commission that was apparantly established internationally. The grounds are immaculate and the chapel is spectacular and under some renovation at the present time. Inside the chapel, there is a large map of the area where the fallen who are buried at the site fought. It is very overwhelming to see the numbers of markers and visualize what they must have gone through so many years ago...
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