I think most photographs you can find online of Saarbrucken's St. Johanner Markt are taken with a wide angled lens, because it's quite cramped, especially by German standards. Even for town's half its size it is small, and for a state capital it is positively puny. The real squares of note are in front of the castle and Ludwigskirche.However, this...more
Another part of Stengel's architectural legacy to Saarbrucken is the Basilica St. Johann. Again built in the Baroque style, but not quite as striking as Ludwigskirche due to its cramped location and smaller mass. Unlike Ludwigskirche, the Basilica is, of course, Catholic, and its Baroque design is perfectly fitting.more
The castle no longer exists, but you can still stand on its walls and look out over Saarbrucken for some great city views. Its church is still there, sitting faithfully at the foot of its old walls, as is the Castle Square, an enclosure of white 18th century Baroque buildings designed by the city's adopted architectural son, Friedrich Joachim...more
This theatre hosts different plays, concerts, operas, etc. It was built around 1937, after the instructions of Paul Otto August Baumgarten. This theatre was supposedly built by the German Reich, so that the people of Saarbrücken would "choose" them, as Saarbrücken was then in between sides.more
The Nauwieserviertel is a neighborhood in Saarbrücken, that you can find right behind the Johanneskirche. It has become quite a hip neighborhood in the past few years, so you'll be able to find plenty of interesting shops there, as well as nice Cafés and Restaurants/Bistros. I just love to walk around the Nauwieserviertel and look at the old...more
The Ludwigs church is often considered as the masterpiece of architect Stengel, as well as one of the most aesthetically perfect baroque Protestant churches in Germany. It was finished in the late 18th century, but was completely destroyed during WWII. However the church was totally restored to its former glory. The area of the Ludwigskirche...more
This is the main square in Saabrücken. It's always lively (especially with nice weather!), full on nice Cafès and terraces to sit down and enjoy a cup of coffee... or a Pils! The market is also surrounded by lovely little streets that you can walk around, and of course there is plenty of shops there! The baroque fountain the in center of the market...more
The Palace wall is a great place to have a lovely view from the city of Saarbrücken. It was moved back 16 meters when the "cityring" was built. The head of the "miserly baker" of St. Johann can be seen on the side of the stairs that go up to the wall. This was earlier used as a gargoyle at the old bridge.more
This building dates from the mid 1700's, and was described as Saabrücken's coat of arms. The baroque dome was destroyed during WWII, and re-built in the late 40's. Nowadays the old city hall hosts the Saarbrücken Volks Hoch Schule (the school for adult education). What I love about this building? The fact that I learned German in it! My classroom...more
The existence of this Palace goes back to 999, but as you can see from the picture this building was destroyed and rebuilt over the past century. The actual Palace was last renovated in 1989. Nowadays this Palace serves as an administrative center, and it also holds different events and conferences.The Invisible Memorial was "made" by Jochen Gerzt...more
The guy at the desk was very helpful even though we spoke no German and he no English. This was the...more
Mainzer Strasse 10, Saarbrucken, Saarland, 66111, Germany
Good for: Business
Mainzer Strasse 171, Saarbrucken, Saarland, 66121, Germany
Good for: Families
When I was visiting in Germany's state of Saarland, gf & her hubby, and me made a nice, little sight seeing trip to Merzig. Despite the rather chilly and gray of that day, we took the outdoor seats of ice cafe Cortina. The cafe is located right on Merzig's pedestrian zone. If ice cream does taste that nice, that one is choosing outdoor-seats and...more
Always attracted to a hausbrauerei, beer made on the premesis, or nearby, always seems to taste better - well to me anyway!It's a pretty modern place with the brewing kettles visible from the comfortable restaurant area.Both enjoyed a flammkuchen, vegetarian for Mrs B, and some decent Märzen and Hell beers.A good place to visit, happily return one...more
So, as in most cities all over the world, Saarbrücken also has a very nice Irish Pub. It's located in the very center of the city, behind the St. Johanner Markt, which is quite nice! During the time I lived in SB I spend many, MANY nights in this place, and I always enjoyed it! Fro what I saw on my last trip it hasn't changed much, only I've been...more
This is another very nice cocktail bar in SB. It's located in the Nauwieserviertel. The deco is quite retro, and the waiters were all quite nice! It has quite a nice choice of drinks including cocktails and shots (!) to choose from, and the prices are really nice as well! The only "bad" thing is that the music can be a bit loud sometimes.more
This places is a good choice if you want to have some nice cocktails and have a chat. The place looks a bit neo-70's like, quite nice actually! You have a great choice of drinks: hot, cold, with or without alcohol... you can even get an Absinth if you fancy one! The prices are not too bad, and the service... well it's ok.more
Being a state capital has some advantages, and despite its small size, Saarbrucken gets its own high-speed ICE line, making it easy to reach from anywhere in Germany. In about two hours the line takes you as far as Frankfurt, from where you can go just about anywhere. Regionally there are direct lines to towns like Kaiserslautern, Trier and...more
Numerous bicycle routes are signposted all over the Saarland, thanks in part to the persistent lobbying efforts of the General German Bicycle Club (ADFC). Here there is even a sign (near the theater in Saarbruecken) pointing to the ADFC regional office. (I am of course a member of the ADFC, but in Frankfurt not Saarbruecken.)more
Currently there are nineteen direct trains from Frankfurt am Main to Saarbruecken on an average day. Four of these are InterCityExpress trains (ICEs), but that doesn't make them particularly fast because the tracks don't allow it. Three of the daily direct trains are EuroCities which stop here in Saarbruecken on their way from Frankfurt to Paris....more
OK, we are spoilt in Canada... we do not have to weigh and label our produce.
Our first shopping trip was filled with confusion as the lady at the till told us (in German) that we were to weigh our produce. We stared back with blank looks and a line up of people behind us. We relized what she was saying when she got up and weighed our produce for us :) Opps...
Next trip back, try to weigh the food when you dont understand the machine! Thank God for friendly Germans who help stupid shoppers!
Merzig, a city of about 30 000 citizens, lies right between Saarbruecken and Trier, and is from each city about 50 km away, just like its distance of 50 km to France (Metz) and Luxembourg. Merzig's urban area extends from Merziger basin (valley) along the Saar river. It's a lovely, little, green town famous for wine growing, and so called Viez...more
Ok, so not the most typical place I would recommend, as it's quite little and not as much to see as in other places. But in any case Bildstock is a cute little town with a quite impressive church, and great parks and places to wander about if you want to spend some quiet time around nature! Bildstock is right next to Friedrichsthal (they have the...more
If you are around the Saarbrücken area a nice day trip might be to Neunkirchen (nine churches). From the name of the city you can well imagine that there are plenty little churches that you can visit. However Neunkirchen is also a very young and active town, there's usually plenty of people just having a walk, or shopping. What I also found very...more
Watch a match of the local football team at 'Ludwigsparkstadion'! Though the 1.FC Saarbrücken is relegated into the 'Regionalliga' (3rd division) and the stadium has seen better days, there is still a huge and lively fan scene...
At several places in the city center you can find these posters entitled Saarbrücken im Wandel meaning Saarbrücken is changing, with black and white photos of how things used to be, and color photos for the present.I take this to be an admission on the part of the city government that Saarbrücken as it was re-built after the war was not a very...more
Saabrücken is definitely a city of churches. They have all sizes and shapes, and you'll even find them when you least expect it! I remember talking to my German teacher while living in SB, and he told me that from his appartment who could actually see 9 church towers, which is quite nice if you ask me! In any case I haven't been able to find...more
As its own name explains, Saarbrücken is filled with bridges that cross the river, and many of these are worth taking a look at! There are brigdes from many different styles, and of course you can get a lovely view of the city from many of them. What's also nice is the Saar "crane", which you can find at the Wilhelm-Heinrich-Brücke. This crane is a...more