Saarbrücken, Saar, Germany

Science and education

🇩🇪 Saarbrücken is the capital and largest city of the state of Saarland, Germany. Saarbrücken is Saarland's administrative, commercial and cultural centre and is next to the French border. The modern city of Saarbrücken was created in 1909 by the merger of three towns, Saarbrücken, St. Johann, and Malstatt-Burbach. It was the industrial and transport centre of the Saar coal basin. Products included iron and steel, sugar, beer, pottery, optical instruments, machinery, and construction materials.

Historic landmarks in the city include the stone bridge across the Saar (1546), the Gothic church of St. Arnual, the 18th century Saarbrücken Castle, and the old part of the town, the Sankt Johanner Markt (Market of St. Johann).

The city is served by Saarbrücken Airport (SCN), and since June 2007 ICE high speed train services along the LGV Est line provide high speed connections to Paris from Saarbrücken Hauptbahnhof. Saarbrücken's Saarbahn (modelled on the Karlsruhe model light rail) crosses the French–German border, connecting to the French city of Sarreguemines.

Some of the closest cities are Trier, Luxembourg, Nancy, Metz, Kaiserslautern, Karlsruhe and Mannheim. Saarbrücken is connected by the city's public transport network to the town of Sarreguemines in France, and to the neighboring town of Völklingen, where the old steel works were the first industrial monument to be declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1994 – the Völklinger Hütte.


Science and education Saarbrücken is also the home of the main campus of Saarland University (Universität des Saarlandes). There are several research institutes and centres on or near the campus, including: • the Max Planck Institute for Informatics, • the Max Planck Institute for Software Systems, • the Helmholtz Institute for Pharmaceutical Research Saarland (HIPS), • the Fraunhofer Institute for Non-destructive Testing, • the German Research Centre for Artificial Intelligence, • the centre for Bioinformatics, • the Europa-Institut, • the Korea Institute of Science and Technology Europe Research Society, • the Leibniz Institute for New Materials (INM), and • the Intel Visual Computing Institute, • the CISPA Helmholtz Centre for Information Security, • the Society for Environmentally Compatible Process Technology, • the Institut für Angewandte Informationsforschung for applied linguistics, • several institutes focusing on transfer of technology between academia and companies, and the Science Park Saar startup incubator.

The Saarland University also has a Centre Juridique Franco-Allemand, offering a French and a German law degree program.

The Botanischer Garten der Universität des Saarlandes (a botanical garden) was closed in 2016 due to budget cuts.

The main campus of the Saarland University also houses the office of the Schloss Dagstuhl – Leibniz-Zentrum für Informatik computer science research and meeting centre.

Furthermore, Saarbrücken houses the administration of the Franco-German University (Deutsch-Französische Hochschule), a French-German cooperation of 180 institutions of tertiary education mainly from France and Germany but also from Bulgaria, Canada, Spain, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Poland, Great Britain, Russia and Switzerland, which offers bi-national French-German degree programs and doctorates as well as tri-national degree programs.

Saarbrücken houses several other institutions of tertiary education as well: • the University of Applied Sciences Hochschule für Technik und Wirtschaft des Saarlandes, • the University of Arts Hochschule der Bildenden Künste Saar, • the University of Music Hochschule für Musik Saar, and • the private Fachhochschule for health promotion and physical fitness Deutsche Hochschule für Prävention und Gesundheitsmanagement • the Höhere Berufsfachschule für Wirtschaftsinformatik (HBFS-WI) providing higher vocational education and awarding the degree "Staatlich geprüfte(r) Wirtschaftsinformatiker(in)" (English: "state-examined business business informatics/software engineer")

Saarbrücken also houses a Volkshochschule.

With the end of coal mining in the Saar region, Saarbrücken's Fachhochschule for mining, the Fachhochschule für Bergbau Saar, was closed at the beginning of the 21st century. The Roman Catholic Diocese of Trier's Katholische Hochschule für Soziale Arbeit, a Fachhochschule for social work, was closed in 2008 for cost cutting reasons. The Saarland's Fachhochschule for administrative personnel working for the government, the Fachhochschule für Verwaltung des Saarlandes, was moved from Saarbrücken to Göttelborn in 2012.

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Saarbrücken has a population of over 180,600 people. Saarbrücken also forms part of the wider Saarbrücken-Forbach metropolitan area which has a population of over 802,664 people. Saarbrücken is the #124 hipster city in the world, with a hipster score of 4.1767 according to the Hipster Index which evaluates and ranks the major cities of the world according to the number of vegan eateries, coffee shops, tattoo studios, vintage boutiques, and record stores. Saarbrücken is ranked #519 for startups with a score of 0.348.

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Twin Towns, Sister Cities Saarbrücken has links with:

🇩🇪 Cottbus, Germany 🇫🇷 Coucy-le-Château-Auffrique, France 🇳🇮 Diriamba, Nicaragua 🇹🇷 Kayseri, Turkey 🇫🇷 Metz, France 🇫🇷 Nantes, France 🇺🇸 Pittsburgh, USA 🇫🇷 Saint-Avold, France 🇫🇷 Schœneck, France 🇬🇪 Tbilisi, Georgia
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