Welcome to Saarbrücken !
Saarbrücken tells the story of two Cities, Alt Sarrbrücken and St Johann reunited in 1900 to create a metropolis with human dimensions, resolutely modern but also proud of its heritage showing in the picturesque little Streets and squares of the historic district, making it a vibrant and cosmopolitan City with many visitors coming from the neighbouring countries.
Here, in the 3 Borders Country one goes out to enjoy a drink or a dinner with friends in Germany or Luxembourg, very naturally as France, Luxembourg or Germany are well within a 30 to 45 minutes reach by car or by train.
Many people from the Lorraine region are regularly shopping in Germany and admit that many casual everyday items are better value for money accross the border.
Just like many people who live nearby, I always enjoy being in the ever effervescent atmosphere of Saarbrücken, a City in which there is always something happening and walking through its historic district with its many cafés, bistrots, restaurants and boutiques always has a little taste of holidays to it.
On this 23rd November, snow was in the air and the City of Saarbrücken was putting the final touch to its "Christkindl Markt" or Christmas Market which will bring its magic until December, 23rdall along the Streets and squares going from the Bahnhof Strasse or Railway Station St up to St Johanner Markt which is at the very heart of the historic pedestrian district.
The scent of freshly cut fir trees associated with the delicious scent coming from the roasted chestnuts sold in little black and red locomotives which are punctuating the Christmas Market and will accompany in your discovery of the Christmas Arts & Crafts ranging from glass, metal, fabrics, leather and wood items, with here and there the appetizing scent of the Flamkuchen, grilled sausages, pancakes, Apfelstrudel and of course the traditional Glûhwein or Mulled Wine to warm yourself up in the nicest possible way.
Saarbrücken "Christkindl Markt" is one of Germany's most popular Christmas Market and its star attraction is without a doubt the flying Santa Claus who magically flies over St Johanner Markt every evening at 17.00 and 19.00 with an added show at 21.00 on the week-end.
The amateur of hstory and beautiful architecture will delight in discovering the St Johann Basilica, the ancient Stifstkirche College and the magnificent Ludwigskirche Church.
Froschengasse or Frogs St, is one of the oldest and narrowest Streets of the City and features some of the most original and confidential little boutiques for the delight of the shoppers.
And to finish on a Gourmet note, I highly recommend a spot of lunch in Saarbrücken's oldest tavern and the latest one in which beer is still being brewed, a few meters away from the Froschengasse, the Steifelbräu Tavern welcomes you in a picturesque interior featuring two magnificent and imposing copper vats and offers on top of its homemade beers, traditional dishes such as the "Hoorische" or potato croquettes, "Geffilde" potato croquettes with minced meat and "Dibblelabbes" with potato and smoked bacon. A pint of beer and a main course costs just 8.30 Euros ! And please do keep in mind that portions are very generous in Germany or you may well be filled long before dessert !
And speaking of dessert, the absolute must for all sweets lovers in Saarbrücken is the Schubert Café which offers a selection of pâtisseries that would damn a Saint - as we say in France - and bears the name of the famous music composer in a city where the Streets resonate like musical partitions with names such as Beethovenstrasse, Mozartstrasse, Schumanstrasse...
Whether you visit Saarbrücken in December for its Christmas Market or in summertime to stroll along its historic district's Streets and square in bloom, the capital of the Saar Region will for sure seduce and enchant you !