The capital city of the German region of Saarland Bundesland is Saarbrücken. Located in the far western part of Germany, Saarland may be the smallest state, but when it comes to offering sightseeing options to travellers, Saarbrücken doesn’t disappoint.
If you are wondering whether you should visit Saarbrücken or not, it’s time to take out all the worries because I am going to share with you the top ten things that you can do here.
Saarbrücken is just a few minutes away from the French border and hosts lots of beautiful museums, Baroque landmarks, and many restaurants serving tantalizing dishes.
The best time to visit Saarbrücken is from June to September. This region boasts a continental climate, and you will get to see a notable difference between the seasons. July is the warmest, with a maximum temperature of around 25°C.
A great reason to visit Saarbrücken during the summer season is to enjoy Nauwieser Street Festival.
Saarbrücken is easy to reach from the neighboring countries and therefore, it’s considered one of the best day trips from Luxembourg.
How to get around Saarbrücken
Saarbrücken has an international airport, which is located only 15 kilometres from the central city. The transportation service in Saarbrücken is fantastic.
There are some spots in Saarbrücken, that can be covered by walking and for those who are looking for other cheap ways to explore Saarbrücken, you will be glad to know that there are many connecting buses, and they are extremely cheap.
Renting a car is more expensive but that’s the easiest way to cover the whole of Saarbrücken.
In case you are visiting this part of Germany with a Rhine River cruise, you can easily visit Saarbrücken on a day trip.
What to eat in Saarbrücken
Have you heard about potato dumplings yet, if not, then you must try them. They are a local delicacy made with love.
You will find many local restaurants serving this local dish in different varieties! The potatoes are cooked and are served with spices and herbs with pork, or ground beef.
The best place to eat: Stiefel Brau, Am Stiefel 2, 66111 Saarbrucken.
Looking for some barbeque delights? Try schwenkbraten, a marinated pork neck steak that is usually cooked on a grill.
A traditional dish of Saarland, the meat is normally cooked over an open beechwood fire, resulting in a juice steak. Schwenkbraten is mostly served with some traditional potato salad. Don’t forget to order a chilled beer.
The best place to eat: KALINSKI Wurstwirtschaft & Gin Bar, Kaltenbachstr. 4 | Sankt Johanner Markt, 66111 Saarbrucken.
How can we not try some of the desserts of Saarbrücken, right? That’s why we have quetschekuche on the list. Theisdelightful plum tart melts in your mouth when you taste it.
Don’t feel surprised, though, if you are served a bowl of green bean soup along with your quetschekuche. That’s a common tradition.
The best place to eat: Dubrovnik Restaurant, Kupfergasse 5, 66111 Saarbrücken.
Things to do in Saarbrucken
Now, let’s get started with the top ten things to do here in Saarbrücken.
Address: Am Ludwigspl. 18, 66117 Saarbrücken.
Ludwigskirche is located in old Saarbrücken, the old city center. The old Lutheran baroque-style church is considered to be one of the most beautiful Protestant churches in Germany.
The Church was originally constructed in 1762 by Friedrich von Gärtner, and takes pride of place in the rectangular plaza called Ludwigsplatz.
After being completely destroyed in World War II, Ludwigskirche was rebuilt true to its original form.
Address: Schloßpl. 15, 66119 Saarbrücken.
Aside from Ludwigskirche, Saarbucken Castle is the most-visited attraction in the town. Saarbrucken castle was first mentioned way back in 999, and a Renaissance castle was built on the original site in the 17th century.
After its destruction, a new baroque residence was constructed in the 18th century. Over the ensuing years, the castle was damaged several times by fire but in 1989 it was completely restored and once again shines in all its former glory.
Sitting prominently on a hill overlooking the city and river, Saarbrucken Castle is now the region’s administrative seat as well as a cultural centre and event venue.
Allow a couple of hours to explore the castle complex and the baroque cellar vaults. Also worth a visit is the Saar Historical Museum which shows the history of the Saarland from the Middle Ages to the modern day.
Address: Rathauspl. 1, 66111 Saarbrücken.
Another immensely beautiful building, the Town Hall of Saarbrücken was built by Georg J. von Hauberrisser between 1897 and 1900 and is decorated with various sandstone statues.
The intricate detailing of this twin hall is mesmerizing and is worth a visit. You will explore murals, wood carvings, and the exceptional stained-glass windows and climb the bell tower.
The Town Hall is open from Monday to Friday, and the admission is free for everyone.
Basilica of St. John the Baptist
Address: Katholisches Pfarramt St. Johann 25, 66111 Saarbrücken.
Another building oozing grandeur in Saarbrücken is the Basilica of St. John the Baptist. This meticulous construction is one of the favourite tourist destinations from all across the globe.
You can’t help but be impressed by the bronze entrance portal and the all-white interior walls.
Shop at Europa Galerie
Address: Trierer Str. 1, 66111 Saarbrücken.
When it comes to shopping at Saarbrücken, you should head straight to Europa Galerie. The unique architecture of the past and small intrinsic details has always enriched your visit.
Europa Galerie has around 100 new shops, and this shopping destination is mostly for fashion and lifestyle lovers. You can also shop for some excellent food, gifts, and consumer electronics.
Address: 66117 Saarbrücken.
Deutsch-Französischer Garten (Franco-German garden in English) is the perfect place to come if you’d like to unwind.
Here you can wander amongst the beautifully kept theme gardens and watch the waterfowl at play on the lake (you can also hire pedal boats). Be sure to visit the water organ which spouts water to the sound of music.
Völklinger Hütte - UNESCO World Heritage
Address: Rathausstr. 75-79, 66333 Völklingen.
Völklinger Hütte, a former ironworks, was declared a UNESCO World Heritage in 1994 thanks to its authentically preserved ironworks.
One look at Völklinger Hütte, and you will feel as if you have come to a science fiction studio setup. Visitors can stroll along a 5,000 metre walkway past the huge machinery and furnaces of the early 20th century. There’s also a science centre on site.
To reach Völklinger Hütte, which is just 15 kilometres from the city, you can take a direct train from Saarbrücken, and within 10 minutes, you will arrive at your destination.
Address: Bismarckstraße 11-15, 66111 Saarbrücken.
The art gallery of Saarbrücken, Saarland Museum, is spread over three sites. One is the museum in the Palace Church, the modern gallery, and the last is an old collection.
Each of these sites is unique, and each has something different to offer.
Parks near Saar river
Most of the parks near the Saar river offer you a great place to walk and relax. The treetop path is the best option for everyone. The parks near the Saar river give you a breathtaking view of the river and are a treat for the eyes.
Address: Bismarckstraße 11-15, 66111 Saarbrücken.
Moderne Galerie is hands down a Saarbrücken cultural gem. The modern gallery has been open for visitors since the 19th century, and it exhibits some of the best European art. The place hosts a graphic collection of over 18,000 items.
The leading museum boasts examples of German Expressionism, Berlin Secession’s painting, and the exquisite École de Paris art.
Where to stay in Saarbrücken
There are a wide range of hotels to suit all budgets in Saarbrücken. Click here to browse the options and check prices.
As you can see, there are plenty of interesting things to do in Saarbrucken, Germany. I hope you enjoy your visit.
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