The river Saar meanders through the small German federal state of Saarland with its vibrant capital Saarbrücken and a population of just over a million. The state once was an important coal mining centre. Since coal is imported nowadays, the Saarland has undergone economic changes and is today rather a place for technology and mid-size business. The Saarland borders France and Luxembourg and you can experience French lifestyle in the state including French cuisine. Most people are bi-lingual and are known for their love of life and their outgoing, open-minded European style.
The Saarland is among the most densely wooded areas in Germany, with beautiful rolling hills, winding river valleys and plenty of opportunity for sporting and other leisure activities. An extensive network of hiking and cycling trails makes tours of discovery possible in every part of Saarland, and river tours are increasingly popular as well. The Saar-Hunsrück Nature Park attracts visitors with the famous Saar River curve, while the Bostal Lake and the Losheim Lake offer plentiful opportunities for fun in the water.
Saarbrücken – the state capital on the Saar river – is a modern city with a picturesque old part of town around the market square, French flair, excellent cafés and restaurants and interesting cultural events. The Saarbrücken Baroque Castle is a venue for cultural events, conferences and festivities. The Saar promenade, seamed by green lawns and punctuated with beer gardens and playgrounds, invites the visitor to relax on long summer days, watching roller skaters, joggers and cyclists on the path along the river.
For the culturally oriented tourist, there is a wealth of worthwhile destinations in Saarland: historical locations like the German-French archaeology park Reinheim-Bliesbruck, as well as museums, exhibitions and festivals such as the “Musikfestspiele Saar.” Many other cultural events can be found year-round in Saarland; whether classical or pop, theater or film – art and culture are at home here. Archaeological excavations from Roman times such as the villa in Nennig, the estate in Borg and the open-air museum in Homburg-Schwarzenacker bring history to life.