7 Best Things To Do In Saarbrücken, Germany

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Subhro Prakash
Subhro Prakash
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Saarbrücken is a land where you will get an amalgamation of influence of both Germans and French people. Situated next to the French border, Saarbrücken is the capital and largest city of the state of Saarland in Germany. The history of this city is connected to the Roman Empire. It is said that when Julius Caesar in the 1st-century BC defeated Gaul, this area was annexed into the Roman Empire. Here we are giving you the names of some important venues that must be visited whenever you plan for a trip to Saarbrücken.

1. Visit Germany’s one vital Protestant Church Ludwigskirche

Ludwigskirche
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Located in the city of old Saarbrücken, Germany, Ludwigskirche is globally known as a Lutheran baroque-style church. Ludwigskirche is actually the symbol of the city and local people and administration consider it as one of the most vital Protestant churches in Germany. The Dresden Frauenkirche (another Lutheran church located in Saxony’s capital, Dresden) and St. Michael’s Church (Lutheran church in Hamburg) are also in the series with Ludwigskirche. This place must be included in your itinerary to experience three centuries old Greek architecture.

Ludwigskirche and the surrounding Ludwigsplatz were designed as a complex work of art. In the year 1762, the construction was started. But after the sudden demise of William Henry in 1768, work was stopped due to lack of funds.

Ludwigskirche

Address: Am Ludwigspl., 66111 Saarbrücken, Germany

Contact: +49 68152524

2. Europa-Galerie – an ideal destination for shopaholics

Europa-Galerie
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Europa-Galerie (Europe-gallery) is a beautiful place and must be visited at least by the shopaholics. It is a shopping center located in Germany’s Saarbrücken. Europa-Galerie has 110 stores. It is very easy to reach this shopping destination as the gallery is just situated on the opposite side of the main station in Saarbrücken. Its nearby bus stop is Hauptbahnhof that is served by several bus lines from Saarbahn GmbH. Apart from these, Europa-Galerie has a directly connected car park.

Europa-Galerie

Address: Trierer Str. 1, 66111 Saarbrücken, Germany

Opening hours:: 8 am to 8:30 pm, Closed on Sunday

Contact:: +49 6817559550

3. Saarbrücker Zoo invites you to see 160 species & African animals

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Saarbrücker Zoo should never be missed for anyone visiting Saarbrücken. The zoo is not only the house of 1,700 animals from 160 species, it is a famous tourist destination for housing African animals. Hence, it is also officially called the largest zoo in the state of Saarland.

The old Saarbrücker Zoo was founded in 1932. During the second world war, it was totally devastated. Again, the work started in 1956 to reconstruct the zoo on a new site. Plenty of improvements have been done in the last 9 years including contacting financial sponsors and now this zoo is one of the major attractions in Germany’s Saarbrücken.

Saarbrücker Zoo

Address: Graf-Stauffenberg-Straße, 66121 Saarbrücken, Germany

Opening Hours: 8:30 am to 6 pm, All 7 days

Contact: +49 6819053600

4. Völklinger Hütte – UNESCO’s World Heritage site

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Völklinger Hütte in English means Völklingen Ironworks. Located in the German town of Völklingen, Saarland, today it is a museum and a World Heritage site declared by UNESCO in 1994. The history says that Julius Buch had a plan to perform steel works in 1873 near Völklingen on the bank of Saar River. Unfortunately, Buch was not able to accomplish what was planned. After 8 years, Carl Röchling started new construction. However, the plant of gigantic ironworks was closed in 1986 and turned into a museum. The visitors can see the production areas.

Völklinger Hütte

Address: Rathausstraße 75-79, 66333 Völklingen, Germany

Opening Hours:: 10 am to 7 pm, All 7 days

Contact:: +49 68989100100

5. Have a look at over 300 year old artistic works at Saarland Museum

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If you are interested in observing the Christian religious works of the Middle Ages to the 19th-century, Saarland Museum is a good place to resolve your curiosity. Located in Saarbrücken, the Saarland Museum is a prominent art museum for its baroque princely graves and colorful windows created by a 20th-century German painter named Georg Meistermann. The museum in the Palace Church is known for Middle Ages to the 19th-century’s religious works. On the other hand, you will also get to see a varied collection of artistic works done by numerous artists from the 16th to 19th centuries. Presentations of centuries old furniture, coins, silverware, sculptures and porcelain are also there to attract the tourists.

In addition, another section at Saarland Museum houses a collection of present arts from the 19th-century to the present. A new building is on the opposite side of the Saar River just close to Saarland State Theatre. Regularly you will get to see the arrangement of exhibitions and contemporary arts in the pavilion. The collection mainly includes the works of Alexander Archipenko (who lived between 1887-1964), a Ukraine-born American artist-cum-sculptor.

Saarland Museum

Address: Bismarckstraße 11-15, 66111 Saarbrücken, Germany

Contact: +49 6819964234

6. Ludwigsparkstadion – a multi-purpose stadium

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For the sports lovers, Ludwigsparkstadion must be visited. Since its construction in 1953, Ludwigsparkstadion has been used as a multi-purpose stadium in Saarbrücken. This ground is mainly used for football matches. The grounds once served as the home ground for the Saarland national football team between 1950 and 1956. It has the capacity to hold over 35,000 people to view a match. The size of this 65-year old stadium is worth seeing.

Ludwigsparkstadion

Address: Camphauser Str. 26, 66113 Saarbrücken, Germany

Contact: +49 6819051000

7. St. Johanner Market – a shopping destination

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The St. Johanner Market is another market place in Saarbrücken and again an important place for the shopaholics. The market is surrounded by some streets and the city wall. The market was highly damaged during the bomb attacks in July and October 1944. Later, during post second world war, houses were restored and reconstructed under the preservation of baroque facades. However, Evangelisch-Kirchstraße was not restored. This place is one of the best destinations for you to purchase traditional and cultural products.

St. Johanner Market

Address: Sankt-Johanner-Markt 33, 66111 Saarbrücken, Germany

How to reach Saarbrücken

Saarbrücken is located close to Luxembourg and Lorraine, a French city. One can reach the city by car via A1, A4, A6, and A620 highways. Even the city is connected to the other big cities like Paris, Munich, Frankfurt and Mannheim via railway tracks. Saarbrücken, Frankfurt International and Luxembourg airports are known to be the nearest ones and can be reached from various destinations.

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