Saarland is among the 16 federal states of the country of Germany. Considered as the country’s smallest federal state, it is divided into six districts such as Merzig-Wadern, Neunkirchen, Saarbrücken, Saarlouis, Saarpfalz, and Sankt Wendel. The state’s capital is Saarbrücken. Saarland is located on the border between Germany and France, and is named after the Saar River.
What to see & do
Some of the notable spots to visit in Saarland include Völklingen Ironworks, Ludwigskirche, Roman Villa Borg, Saarland Museum, Dagstuhl Castle, and Ludwigsparkstadion. Völklingen Ironworks is a UNESCO World Heritage Site which functions as an anchor point of the European Route of Industrial Heritage or ERIH. Currently, Völklingen Ironworks is a museum, with tours of the production areas available for visitors. The Ferrodrom is an interactive science centre that focuses on the making of iron. The site also has temporary exhibits on numerous topics within the large power halls, along with occasional concerts held in the summer.
Ludwigskirche can be found within Old Saarbrücken in Germany. It is a Lutheran baroque style church that serves as the symbol of the city, and is among the most important Protestant churches within Germany, together with Dresden Frauenkirche and St. Michael’s Church.
Roman Villa Borg was discovered at the end of the 19th century. It is a reconstructed Roman villa rustica, close to the villages of Borg and Oberleuken, in Germany. Excavated in the late 1980s, it serves approximately 50,000 visitors a year.
Saarland Museum features the Museum in the Palace Church, The Old Collection, and The Modern Gallery. The museum is located in Saarbrücken and it is divided into three sites with varying specialism.
As a ruined castle by the top of a hill close to the town of Wadern, Dagstuhl Castle, or Burgruine Dagstuhl/Burg Dagstuhl, overlooks Schloss Dagstuhl, and is open for public access. Founded by Knight Boemund of Saarbrücken in 1290, the castle’s name came from the German word ‘Dach’, meaning roof, in reference to the roof-like structure of the hill the castle is on.
How to get around within Saarland
There is not much information on transportation within Saarland. Saarbrücken, Saarland’s capital city, on the other hand, can be explored via its public transportation system which includes city buses and a tram line. Being a small area, most of the city’s notable spots can be reached within 20 minutes of walking.
How to get there
Saarbrücken Airport serves the city as well as the Saarland state. The airport serves as the focus city for Luxair, and has flights to and from local and international destinations such as Berlin, Hamburg, Luxembourg, and Antalya, with seasonal and seasonal charter flights to and from Burgas, Antalya, Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, Heraklion, Kos, Palma de Mallorca, Rhodes, and Enfidha, via airlines such as Air Berlin, Air VIA, Corendon Airlines, Freebird Airlines, Luxair, SunExpress, Tailwind Airlines, TUIfly, and Tunisair.