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Visit Saarbruecken

Admire old bridges and Baroque churches, stroll between museums and galleries or just wander through the old town and pull up a chair at a local cafe or restaurant. 

Saarbrücken is a city of about 200,000 people right along the French-German border. Earliest records of a settlement in the area date back more than a thousand years, but the population remained insignificant until mining began in the late 18th century. Today the city is home to spectacular Baroque architecture, as well as several stunning old churches and bridges. It also has excellent cultural institutions, plenty of parks and gardens and a distinctive flair that hints at a strong French influence.

Start your tour of the city at the Alte Brücke or Old Bridge, built by Holy Roman Emperor Charles V in 1546. Make your way to the 13th-century St. Arnual church to gaze at the Gothic architecture. Around the church you’ll find rows of late medieval houses as well as a museum dedicated to the history and culture of the area.

Move on to Fröschengasse, where you’ll find a collection of old workers’ cottages that now house boutiques and cafes. Once you’ve enjoyed a hearty meal, head to Ludwig’s Church and gaze up at its Baroque façade, designed by Friedrich Joachim Stengel. Explore the surrounding plaza and Saarbrücken Castle to see further buildings by the same architect. The castle suffered damage in various wars, but has been immaculately refurbished and is open for tours and community events.

Be sure to check out the Prehistory and Early History Museum to see stone-age artifacts or drop by the Regional History Museum to learn about Saarbrücken’s recent past. Head to the Saarland State Art Museum to see both classical and modern works. There are also several theaters, esoteric museums and private galleries around town.

Stop for lunch or dinner in one of the bistros, restaurants or bars around the picturesque St. Johanner Market Square. You’ll taste some sensational local dishes and enjoy the area’s friendly and sophisticated vibe.

Saarbrücken has a special charm. There are museums and galleries to keep history buffs and art lovers busy, elegant old buildings and excellent restaurants, bars and cafes.

Where to stay in Saarbruecken

Halberg, Saarbruecken, Germany


While Halberg isn't home to many top sights, Saarbruecken Castle and Ludwigskirche are some notable places to visit nearby.

Sankt Arnual, Saarbruecken, Germany

Sankt Arnual

While Sankt Arnual isn't home to many top sights, Saarbruecken Castle and Ludwigskirche are some notable places to visit nearby.

Sankt Arnual
Eschberg, Saarbruecken, Germany
Photo by Benoit Larochelle (CC BY)


If you're looking for some top things to see and do in Eschberg and surrounding area, you can visit Saarbruecken Castle and Ludwigskirche.

Bischmisheim, Saarbruecken, Germany
Photo by Kondephy (CC BY-SA)


While Bischmisheim might not have many sights to explore, venturing just a little farther will lead you to top things to see and do like Saarbruecken Castle and Ludwigskirche.


Top Hotels in Saarbruecken

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Holiday Inn Express Saarbrucken
Holiday Inn Express Saarbrucken
3 out of 5
Klausener Strasse 4-6, Saarbruecken
per night
Dec 23 - Dec 24

Situated in Saarbruecken, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Europa Galerie Saarbruecken, Ludwigspark Stadion, and Ludwigskirche. Saarbruecken Castle and ...

4.4/5Excellent! (31 reviews)

"I am really particular when it comes to cleanliness but I must say our whole experience of this hotel was just superb the rooms were immaculate all the staff were just so nice and nothing was a problem the rooms were great the beds very comfortable the bathrooms very spacious and immaculate. Overall ..."…"

Reviewed on Dec 1, 2019

Holiday Inn Express Saarbrucken
ibis Saarbruecken City
ibis Saarbruecken City
2.5 out of 5
Hohenzollernstr. 41, Saarbruecken, SL
per night
Jan 1 - Jan 2

Situated in Saarbruecken, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Ludwigskirche, Saarbruecken Castle, and Europa Galerie Saarbruecken. Ludwigspark Stadion and ...

3.7/5Good! (208 reviews)
The receptionist is superb.

"The hotel is well located. The receptionist is superb. A full account of the hotel is not possible as its currently under refurbishment. The refurbishments didn't however disturb my stay. I would definitely stay again if there on business"…"

Reviewed on Jun 20, 2019

ibis Saarbruecken City
Mercure Hotel Saarbrücken Süd
Mercure Hotel Saarbrücken Süd
3.5 out of 5
Zinzinger Strasse 9, Saarbruecken, SL
per night
Jan 2 - Jan 3

Situated in the suburbs, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Franco-German Gardens, Ludwigskirche, and Saarbruecken Castle. Europa Galerie Saarbruecken is 2.6 ...

3.8/5Good! (373 reviews)

"Convenient location near A6, friendly team. Good size room with a comfortable bed. Good breakfast. Lighting could have been a bit better and shower over tub is a bit awkward in my opinion."…"

Reviewed on Sep 4, 2019

Mercure Hotel Saarbrücken Süd

Popular things to do in Saarbruecken

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Enjoy a stop at Ludwigskirche, a landmark worth seeing in Mitte. Discover the area's theater scene and waterparks.

Reviews of Saarbruecken


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Sep 13, 2018

A pleasing riverside town with a good history museum, worth a short stay.