Saarbrücken is pronounced saar·bruh·kn, check out this YouTube video to hear it being said.
This town is filled with museums, beautiful gardens, and a World Heritage Site. Baroque-style buildings, such as the palace, and the Schlossplatz, show off the beauty of the 18th century.
This town is pretty new and shiny by European standards, it was founded in 1909 by merging three towns. However, the original town of Saarbrücken is over 1,000 years old.
It is the smallest state at 2,570 square kilometers.
It’s a little bit French. Since this region borders France, the influence can be seen in everything from the wine and champagne sold there, the food served, and even the language spoken throughout the region.
There is an unusual UNESCO World Heritage Site that is located about 15 kilometers outside the city. It is known as Völklingen Ironworks and once you are equipped with a helmet you can explore this dystopian structure with its labyrinth of steel, iron, and pipes. This facility is the only pig-iron production plant with a blast furnace that has survived the test of time. It demonstrates the entire process of iron making and is seen as a symbol of great human achievement. Saarbrücken is definitely worth visiting, even if just for a day.
Saarbrücken is a very walkable city. If you drive into the city, parking can be found quite easily.
Weather / Best Time to Visit to Saarbrücken
Spring runs from March to May and is a lovely time to visit. Temperatures are more moderate around the 50s to 60s during the day.
Summer, June to September, is warm with temperatures reaching into the 80s during the day and in the 50s at night. The hottest month is July – I don’t advise visiting during this time.
Fall lasts from September to November and is generally pleasant with cooler temperatures in the 50s during the day and 40s at night.
Winter, from November to March, sees daytime temperatures averaging in the 40s during the day and in the 30s at night. It is very overcast in December and it can snow a little.
The Best time to visit Saarbrücken, Germany is in March and October when the weather is moderate, and the crowds are lighter. This typically translates into less expensive flights and hotels. The high tourist season is between May and September. Flights will be more expensive, and you will encounter more crowds. You will also encounter some crowds during the Advent season but it is worth it.
Where to eat in Saarbrücken
Address: Kupfergasse 5, 66111 Saarbrücken, Deutschland
Calling all foodies! This city has seven Michelin-starred restaurants that create fantastic dishes you are sure to enjoy! Also, while you are in this town, make sure you try out some regional specialties:
Gefilde is a potato dumpling that is filled with liver sausages and usually topped with a light sauce with bacon bits and herbs
Pork cutlets grilled over an open fire and marinated with herbs and juniper berries.
Viez is a crisp apple cider (so freaking good)
Fun Facts about Saarbrücken
The town voted to join the Third Reich in 1935. After the end of the First World War, the town was placed under the League of Nations and had its own currency and stamps. Then, over 90% of the local population voted to be part of Hitler’s Third Reich and joined West Germany after World War II instead of becoming an independent state.
The local political party branch received some negative press a few years ago when the lead candidate, Rudolf Müller, was found to be selling Nazi items at his antique shop. German law states that it is illegal to sell any kind of Nazi paraphernalia.
The local dialect often refers to women and girls as “It”.
On a happier note, two of Germany’s best restaurants, Victor’s Fine Dining, and GästeHaus Klaus Erfort are in town. There are more three-star Michelin restaurants in Saarland than there are in Berlin or Munich.
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