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Top Choice Bar in Saarbrücken

Baker Street

Named for Sherlock Holmes' fictional home, this fabulous Victorian-era-themed bar with crackling open fireplaces bills itself as a 'criminal tea room and pub'. Vintage furniture including studded leather couches and…
Top Choice German in Saarbrücken

Kalinski

Saarbrücken's hippest hang-out is this Wurstwirtschaft, which sizzles up street-food-style Currywurst (including a fabulous tofu and wheatgerm vegetarian sausage with spicy tomato sauce), pulled pork burgers, Spätzl…
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…
German in Saarbrücken

Zum Stiefel

One kitchen covers two dining options at this brewery and German restaurant. Zum Stiefel features good-value classic German and saarländische dishes, including Gefillde (meat-filled potato dumplings). Next door (the…
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…
Bakery in Saarbrücken

Brot und Seele

Breads including sourdoughs, soft pretzels and gluten-free loaves are baked continuously throughout the day at this contemporary bakery. Creative sandwiches (such as tofu, roast beetroot and corn; or chicken, Emment…
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…
Live Music in Saarbrücken

Garage

Industrial 1920s brick surrounds provide great acoustics at this live music venue, where punk, alternative, metal and rock bands take to the stage. Concerts generally start around 7pm. On weekends it also hosts a sm…