Saarland attractions

Historic Site in Saarland

Völklinger Hütte

The hulking former ironworks of Völklinger Hütte, 14km northwest of Saarbrücken, are one of Europe’s great heavy-industrial relics. Opened in 1873, 17,000 people worked here by 1965 – the height of Germany’s post-WW…
Viewpoint in Saarland

Baumwipfelpfad Saarschleife

The most scenic spot along the Saar River is the Saarschleife, 60km northwest of Saarbrücken, where the river makes a spectacular, almost unbelievable hairpin turn, flowing 10km to return to a point just 2km from wh…
Museum in Saarbrücken

Moderne Galerie

One of Saarland’s cultural highlights, the Saarland Museum’s Moderne Galerie covers European art from the late 1800s to the present, and is especially noteworthy for its works of German Impressionism (Slevogt, Corin…
Museum in Saarbrücken

Historisches Museum Saar

The Saarbrücker Schloss’ basement and a modern annex house the well-designed Museum of Regional History. The section covering Saarland from 1870 to the 1950s includes a 1904 film of Saarbrücken street life. From her…
Church in Saarbrücken

Basilika St Johann

This dazzlingly baroque Catholic church, designed by Friedrich Joachim Stengel and completed in 1758, wows you with its gleaming gold altars, pulpit, organ case and overhead ray-burst design – and with its legions o…
Museum in Saarbrücken

Museum in der Schlosskirche

Inside a desanctified late-Gothic church, the Museum in der Schlosskirche features religious art from the 13th to 19th centuries. Highlights include the elaborate tombs of three 17th- and 18th-century princes.
Museum in Saarbrücken

Museum für Vor- und Frühgeschichte

The standout exhibit at this museum covering the Romans, the Celts and their predecessors is resplendent gold jewellery from around 400 BC, discovered in the tomb of a Celtic princess at Bliesbruck-Reinheim.
Museum in Saarbrücken

Alte Sammlung

The Saarland Museum’s Alte Sammlung ('old collection') displays a millennium’s worth of paintings, porcelain, tapestries and sculptures from southwest Germany and the Alsace and Lorraine regions of France.
Square in Saarbrücken


Crossing the Saar River via the footbridge Alte Brücke takes you to the Stengel-designed baroque Schlossplatz, around which you’ll find the city’s ensemble of museums. The dominant building here is the Saarbrücker S…
Church in Saarbrücken


The star at Friedrich Joachim Stengel’s handsome Ludwigsplatz, flanked by stately baroque town houses, is his architectural masterpiece, Ludwigskirche. A Protestant church built in 1775 and rebuilt after its destruc…