Saarbrücken, a city with 177,000 inhabitants, is the capital of Saarland, a small German state. Neighboring France, which is just 5 kilometres away, has influenced local cuisine.
Historic landmarks in the city include the stone bridge across the Saar, the Gothic church of St. Arnual, the 18th century Saarbrücker Schloss (castle) and the old part of the town, the St. Johanner Markt.
There is a great walking shopping and dining area along the main square. But shops close around 19:30 latest. Shopping across the border in France is probably your best shot for good finds if shopping is what you are looking for. some restaurants open later but not any later than the shops. The city rolls up its carpet at about 19:30. If you are out of options, the only restaurant you will find open late (sometimes I come back from the office about 20:30) is the Burger King at the train station. Probably the only place you can buy bottled water as well late in the evening.
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