Saarbrücken
CENTRE OF COMPUTER TECHNOLOGY WITH A FRENCH WAY OF LIFE

Panorama von Saarbrücken © Wolfgang Staudt Fotografie/flickr
Panorama von Saarbrücken© Wolfgang Staudt Fotografie/flickr

Saarbrücken is situated next to the French border. You'll notice the French influence in the culture and way of life. The University of Applied Sciences, research institutes and companies attract people to the town from all over the world. This is where the small-town charm blends a big city flair.

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WELCOME TO SAARBRÜCKEN

Saarbrücken is the capital of the federal state of Saarland and the heart of a flourishing economic region. The town is a centre of future-oriented research, especially in the field of computer technology. Institutions such as the German Research Centre for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI), the and the Leibniz Centre for Informatics (LZI) at Schloss Dagstuhl are leaders in information science.

The Saarland University of Applied Science (HTW) is particularly proud of its , which has specialised in ecological software applications and is involved in projects throughout the world. The HTW also cooperates closely with the Institut für ZukunftsEnergieSysteme (IZES), which conducts research into renewable energies.

The Saarland University of Applied Science (HTW) is particularly proud of its , which has specialised in ecological software applications and is involved in projects throughout the world. The HTW also cooperates closely with the Institut für ZukunftsEnergieSysteme (IZES), which conducts research into renewable energies.

For many years, the Saarbrücken region was a centre of heavy industry. Today, the rusty remains of the abandoned are a reminder of Europe’s industrial landscape in the 20th century. This impressive complex is a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site.

Saarland once belonged to France, and the town’s inhabitants have always maintained close cultural and economic ties with their French neighbours. This openness and high level of cooperation are reflected in numerous business ventures and academic links between local universities, such as the institutions in Strasbourg and Metz.

When you’re in the Saarland, you should make a point of watching the locals prepare a „Schwenkbraten“. This is a local speciality: marinated neck of pork barbecued over coals on a grid suspended by a three-legged tripod. The procedure is referred to as „Schwenken“, because the joint swings to and fro over the fire. This form of barbecue is a local custom: as soon as the first warm days arrive, everyone gets out their „Schwenker“ (or barbecue). An invitation to a „Schwenk-Session“ is the ultimate gesture of hospitality!

LIVING IN SAARBRÜCKEN

The best way to get around in Saarbrücken is by bike. The different parts of town are relatively far apart and buses run only rarely in the evenings and at night. There is a well-developed network of cycle paths. The more you cycle, the quicker you’ll get used to the region’s hilly terrain. The university residences are inexpensive and, depending on their exact location, are close to the university or town centre.

The old part of town around St. Johanner Markt and Mainzer Strasse are popular both among students and locals. There are lots of cafés, bars and restaurants here. Every morning at around 4 am, early risers and party crowds are drawn by the smell of freshly baked croissants and delicious baguettes at Chez Jerôme. The bakery on Mainzer Strasse is run by an authentic French boulanger. It’s not unusual to see long queues here even in the early hours of the morning. But you shouldn’t leave it too late, because Chez Jerôme closes again at 10 am.

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