Saarbrücken Travel Guide

  • Saarbrücken
    by jorgejuansanchez
  • Saarbrücken
    by jorgejuansanchez
  • Things to Do
    by jorgejuansanchez

Saarbrücken Things to Do

  • Street Market

    This market was in the middle of a central square. They sold fuits and vegatables. It was very exotic. Goods were cheaper than in the supermarket.

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  • St. Johanner Markt

    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...

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  • Johanneskirche

    Also in the neo-Gothic style is the Johanneskirche opposite the town hall. Completed at the end of the 19th century, its tall spire is probably now home to several kinds of night demons.

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  • Basilica St. Johann

    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.

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  • Saarbrucken Castle

    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...

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  • Völklingen

    Just a short train ride away, the UNESCO "Alte Völklinger Hütte" an iron making plant closed down in 1986 and now open for visitors. If you have any interest in old industrial sites this is for you. Enjoyed my day out here.More on my Völklingen page.

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  • Saar

    Took a look at the Alte Brücke, the Saarkran and a short walk by the river until a downpour persuaded us to move indoors.

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  • Around town

    Spent a morning exploring the old town and surroundings, dodging rain showers too. Enjoyed following a trail marked on our map (from the tourist office)

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  • Zoo

    A birthday treat for Mrs Bonio, she decided, a trip to the zoo. Luckily the weather managed to stay dry while we visited.As ever plenty to keep us occupied, Llamas and goats Mrs B's favourites on this occaison, no penguins a minor disappointment, she soon got over it though!

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  • Staatstheater - The City Theatre

    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.

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  • Nauwieserviertel

    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...

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  • Ludwigskirche

    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...

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  • St. Johanner Markt

    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...

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  • The Schloss wall

    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.

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  • Altes Rathaus- The old City Hall

    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...

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Saarbrücken Restaurants

  • Nice ice cream

    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...

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  • Hausbrauerei

    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...

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  • Tasty Chinese

    The name is a giveaway, it's a Chinese restaurant! and very close to our hotel on a wet and cold night - choice made.Friendly, comfortable and good menu and large portions of good tasty food, just how we like it!Enjoyed our visit here.

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Saarbrücken Nightlife

  • Every city has one... or at least...

    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...

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  • Cocktail Bar

    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.

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  • Cocktail Lounge

    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.

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Saarbrücken Transportation

  • Train

    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...

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  • Bicycle routes

    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.)

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  • Saarbruecken Main Station

    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....

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Saarbrücken Local Customs

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    by jenniferhen Written Dec 8, 2004

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    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!

    Weigh this!!then label!! Not too hard!

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Saarbrücken Off The Beaten Path

  • Trip to Merzig's vineyards

    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...

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  • Daytrip: Bildstock

    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...

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  • Daytrip: Neunkirchen

    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...

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Saarbrücken Sports & Outdoors

  • by Kutzhofer Written Apr 25, 2003

    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...

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Saarbrücken Favorites

  • Saarbrücken is changing

    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...

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  • Churches and more churches!

    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...

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  • Bridges over the Saar river

    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...

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