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Saarbruecken, is the capital and largest city of the state of Saarland, Germany. Saarbrücken is Saarland’s administrative, commercial and cultural centre. The city is situated next to the French border at the heart of the metropolitan area of Saarland.

Saarbrücken was created in 1909 by the merger of three towns, Saarbrücken, St. Johann, and Malstatt-Burbach. It used to be the industrial and transport centre of the Saar coal basin. Products included iron and steel, sugar, beer, pottery, optical instruments, machinery, and construction materials.

Historic landmarks in the city include the stone bridge across the Saar (1546), the Gothic church of St Arnual, the 18th-century Saarbrücken Castle, and the old part of the town, the St. Johanner Markt (Sankt Johann market).

Twice in the 20th century Saarbrücken was separated from Germany: in 1920–35 as capital of the Territory of the Saar Basin and in 1947–56 as capital of the Saar Protectorate.

Population: Saarbrücken has a population of 180,000 inhabitants.

Language

Spoken languages are German, Rhine Franconian, a German dialect, and French.

Currency

The currency they use in Saarbruecken are euros.

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Climate

Climate in this area has mild differences between highs and lows, and there is adequate rainfall year-round. The Köppen Climate Classification subtype for this climate is “Cfb” (Marine West Coast Climate/Oceanic climate).

Region

Some of the closest cities are Trier, Luxembourg, Nancy, Metz, Kaiserslautern, Karlsruhe and Mannheim. Saarbrücken is connected by the city’s public transport network to the town of Sarreguemines in France, and to the neighboring town of Völklingen, where the old steel works were the first industrial monument to be declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1994 — the Völklinger Hütte.

Get in

By plane

Saarbrücken Airport  (IATA: SCN, ICAO: EDDR) is an international airport and is located 15 km to the city center. Regional bus R10 travels once an hour from the airport to the main railway station and takes 28 minutes. A single ticket costs €2.30.

Zweibrücken Airport can be reached from the main station twice a day by a direct bus #199. It takes 45 minutes. During the day it can also be reached by taking a train to Homburg and from there bus R7. This will take 1.5 hours.

Frankfurt Hahn Airport . There are no direct connections from this airport to Saarbrücken. One of the possibilities you have is to take the Airport Shuttle Mosel (RegioLinie 750)  from the general bus station 500 meters from the airport to Bullay and switch to the regional train to Saarbrücken.

By car

Autobahn A6, near the France border. About 2 hours from Mannheim.

By train

Saarbrücken is served by the German train system. There are direct trains from Frankfurt, as well as to Paris. Frequently travel through the rest of Germany requires one to change trains in Mannheim.

Between Saarbrücken in Germany and Sarreguemines in France, both of which are served by good domestic train connections, you can take a ride on the Saarbahn, a border-crossing railway which nowadays forms a part of the traffic network of Saarland: The journey takes approximately 30 minutes and in 2010 the ticket (to be bought at a machine, present also at the station of Sarreguemines) cost 4,60 €.

Get around

Saarbrücken has an excellent public transport system . It has city buses and a tram line. Given that the city is not very big, you can also reach most places within 20 minutes of walking.