Saarbrücken is a city located near the French border on the edge of Germany. The modern city was founded in 1903 after three smaller towns merged into one. Saarbrücken is a popular sport culture, with several different football clubs residing inside, as well as other sports.
Before visiting any town or city make sure you know the basics. General details and important information.
- Emergency Services: 112 and 110
- Language: German
- Currency: Euro
- Country Code: DE
- Travel Visa: None required
- Population: 179,349
Researching various official sources, we perceive the risk to holiday makers and travellers are as follows;
Top travel advice and interesting tip bits of information from experienced travellers.
- There are no real crime hotspots in the city, take extra care in busy tourist areas and apply the usual safety precautions. Watch out for quiet areas after dark and stay in the well lit main streets, and stay within the crowd.
- Saarbrücken has a large student population, with the local university (Saarland University) being home to around 17,000 students. Expect a lively nightlife and plenty of events going on.
For the Emergency services just dial 112 for fire and ambulance services, and 110 for police.
Do you have any good safety tips?
Be alert at all times and be aware of your surroundings. Take the usual safety precautions so you do not become a targets for pickpockets. Don’t put your wallet or mobile phone in your back pocket. Put any valuables items in a dark colour shopping bag when going out to avoid attention.
Car thieves normally target expensive cars but there are some exceptional situations where rental cars have been broken in to. Park the car in well lit areas and use car park with CCTV. Don’t leave valuables on your car seat as it could attract criminals, drive with the car door locked all times.
Are there any common crimes to watch out for?
Beware of pickpockets as they tend to operate in tourist areas, keep your belongings secure at all times and be careful if strangers try to make conversation or distract you as it could be an attempt to steal your valuables.
Credit card fraud, cloning cards can be an issue be careful where you use your cards. Also if you are withdrawing money from cash machines make sure you cover your pin and be discreet about the amount of cash you withdraw.
Where can I keep up with local news?
Annual events allow a city come together for some amazing experiences. If visiting at this time, make sure you have your accommodation booked and are always aware of your surroundings when travelling around.
In this festival, those who wish to compete carry out a variety of different sporting events, as well as other non-sport related contests.
Nauwieser Street Festival
This is a large music festival that brings together singers, dancers and different kinds of artists to perform. There are also a wide variety of different food to sample, as well as some events involving food.
What other attractions are good to check out?
Ludwigsparkstadion is a wonderful sports stadium in the city, built in the 1950’s it capacity is around 35,000. Today the stadium is currently used for football matches, as the stadium is quite old and a little dated the atmosphere suffers slightly but it still has a lovely charm.
The Saarland Museum is an art museum is spread across three sites and each has its own focus. The art spans many centuries up to present day and contemporary artists. There is some thing for everyone and some priceless works on display. A must visit for all art lovers.
Are there any highlights worth visiting?
Ludwigskirche is a classic baroque style church in the heart of the city, it is known throughout the country and is one of the most prominent churches. It is a beautiful and well designed building that has been restored and modernised after damage sustained in the war.