SAARLAND – “GREAT THINGS HAVE SMALL BEGINNINGS”
Saarbrücken, the charming capital of one of Germany’s smallest federal states, is known as the gateway to France, as it takes 110 minutes by train from Saarbrücken to Paris or Frankfurt.
Located in the southwest of Germany, Saarland borders France in the south and the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg in the west. Situated in the very heart of Europe, it is therefore the prefect location for national and international trade fairs, congresses and conferences. But that is not all, Saarland also boasts exceptional cultural attractions thanks to its location in the SaarLorLux region.
Saarland is a state that boasts exceptional research, industry and innovation with a European University, the university campus in Saarbrücken and a university hospital in Homburg. Compared to similarly sized institutions, the university stands out with its outstanding research department – giving you access to great pool of speakers on site for scientific congresses and conferences.
Saarland Marketing has boiled it down: “Saarland is small, strong and self-confident!”
Attractive Saarland – Key facts at a glance
- is one of the warmest regions in Germany
- is the third most densely wooded state in Germany, with 40 percent of its area covered by mixed forest.
- is a region with an eventful history
- is a federal state of contrasts: steel and coal versus nature and culture
- has strong industries, a high quality of life and a noticeable closeness to nature
- has an incomparable flair that encourages exercise in nature and feasting
We combine a diverse culture, interesting history, varied nature and unique pleasures.
Culinary Saarland – “Hauptsach gudd gess!” (The most important thing is to eat well!)
The traditional Saarland cuisine is characterised by simple but rich food, shaped by the working class in industry, mines and agriculture. Under these conditions, numerous dishes were created from meat, potatoes, onions, leeks and beans, which were cheap to grow in the garden and fields.
At the same time, the eating habits of the Saarlanders have been strongly inspired by the surrounding French regions, and haute cuisine is also celebrated here.
As in Alsace and the other neighbouring regions, sauerkraut plays an important role as a side dish. The meals are often refined with apple sauce, bacon cream sauce, Maggi and beer.
In addition to Saarland dishes such as “Lyoner”, “Schwenker”, “Hoorische”, “Dippelappes”, “Gefillde” with bacon sauce or “Grumbeerkischelcher” with apple sauce, Saarland has the highest density of starred restaurants in Germany. There are a total of seven starred chefs here, and with Christian Bau even a three-star chef.
– Supporting programme for your event
To complement and liven up your meeting, congress or any other event, Saarbrücken and the region of Saarland have a lot to offer. A concert, a culinary city tour or special team activities brings enjoyment to participants, and can increase motivation and productivity. Above all, such activities can promote the networking that is so important at face-to-face events.
- Saarbrücken is often dubbed the “gateway to France“, as it takes just 110 minutes to get from Saarbrücken to Paris.
- Erlebnisbergwerk Velsen – Go for a ride down the shaft on the tracks of the coal transport railway.
- Get a breathtaking view on the tree top walk in Mettlach over the Great Bend in the Saar, the landmark of Saarland.
- The gigantic ironworks of the World Cultural Heritage Site Völklingen Ironworks impresses as the world’s only remaining ironworks from the heyday of the iron and steel industry.
- When visiting the Roman Villa in Borg you will learn how privileged people lived 2000 years ago.
- Nature and sustainability – important topics of today. They can be wonderfully experienced in the biosphere reserve in the Bliesgau or in the “primeval forest” at the gates of the city Saarbrücken.
- In relation to the region’s size, Saarland has the greatest number of premium hiking trails, as awarded by the German Hiking Institute. Thanks to its location in the SaarLorLux region, you can also hike across borders.
- In the north of the Saarland you can visit the Wolfspark of the behavioural scientist Werner Freud. Wildlife parks such as the Naturwildpark Freisen and the Wildtierpark in Saarbrücken are well worth a visit. The Neunkircher Zoo and the Saarbrücken Zoo are also also popular destinations.
- The Saarland region is criss-crossed by picturesque streams, rivers, beautiful lakes and ponds, such as the famous Great Bend in the Saar near Mettlach, the Bostalsee and many more.
- Saarbrücken also has an impressive club scene for night owls, where you can enjoy exuberant party nights and unforgettable evenings.
- The Saarland region has a fascinating history. The state capital Saarbrücken, which can look back on more than 1000 years of history, houses the relics of the German-French war of 1870/1871, the Saarbrücker Castle and the unique Lutheran baroque church Ludwigskirche. It is worthwhile to book a city tour, for example with the chambermaid “Henrietta”, who will entertain you with salacious stories about Prince Ludwig’s court. And when history is combined with tasty delights in the form of a culinary city tour, things get really interesting.