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The Saarland Museum is an art museum in Saarbrücken, Saarland, Germany. It is spread across three sites, each with a different specialism.
The Museum in the Palace Church (Museum in der Schlosskirche) specialises in religious works from the Middle Ages to the 19th century. It is also notable for its baroque princely graves and the colourful windows by Georg Meistermann. In 2004 the Palace Church was modernised, and connected to the Saarland Museum's Old Collection by a glass construction on the south side of the choir.
Botanischer Garten der Universität des Saarlandes
The Botanischer Garten der Universität des Saarlandes (2.5 hectares) is a botanical garden maintained by Saarland University. It is located on the university campus in Saarbrücken, Saarland, Germany, and is open Monday through Thursday, and Sunday in the warmer months, without charge.
The garden was founded in 1952 and currently contains about 2500 plant species, varieties, and hybrids. It contains greenhouses (1200 m²) as well as a medicinal plant museum of some 2500 accessions representing approximately 1000 taxa that illustrate the basic principles of various healing systems from around the world, including the traditional Indian system (Ayurveda), Chinese medicine, and African and Native American medicine and homeopathy.
Völklingen Ironworks (Völklinger Hütte) UNESCO World Heritage Site
The ironworks, which cover some 6 ha, dominate the city of Völklingen. Although they have recently gone out of production, they are the only intact example, in the whole of western Europe and North America, of an integrated ironworks that was built and equipped in the 19th and 20th centuries.
Today, the Völklinger Hütte is a museum. The Ferrodrome is an interactive science center focusing on the making of iron. Visitors can tour the production areas. In addition, temporary exhibits, on a variety of topics are hosted in the large power halls. In the summer, there are occasional concerts held.
Hours:Open daily 10am - 7pm; check the website for winter hours.
Admission: Adults 12 €, Reduced rate 10 €, Children 3 €, Family card 25 €. After 2pm on Tuesdays, admission is free.
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Saarbrücken is the capital of the state of Saarland in Germany. The city sits at the heart of a metropolitan area that bounds westwards to Dillingen and northeastwards to Neunkirchen, in which most of the people of the Saarland live.
Saarbrücken used to be the industrial and transport center of a great coal basin. Production included iron and steel, sugar, beer, pottery, optical instruments, machinery, and construction materials. However, over the past decades the industrial importance of Saarland has declined, as the mining industry has become unprofitable. In modern German Saarbrücken literally means Saar bridges, and indeed there are about a dozen bridges across the Saar river. However the name actually predates any bridge at this spot by at least 500 years. The historical name of the town is actually Sarabrucca, derived from the Old High German word Brucca, which became Brocken in High German (rocks or boulders in English)
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Historic landmarks in the city include the stone bridge across the Saar (1546), the Gothic church of St Arnual, the 18th century Saarbrücker Schloss (castle) and the old part of the town, the St. Johanner Markt. In 1815 Saarbrücken came under Prussian control, and for two periods in the 20th century (1919–35 and 1945–57) it became part of the Saar territory under French administration. For this reason, coupled with its proximity to the French border, it retains a certain French influence.
Saarbrücken is also the home of the main campus of Saarland University (Universität des Saarlandes). Co-located with the University are several research centers
The building of the State Theater was built in 1937/38. The Nazi regime has donated the venue as a "reward" for the outcome of the vote in 1935, with which the Saar for the affiliation to the German Reich decided. The building has served on the border of the German Reich as a bulwark against the
capitalist West. The magnificent main entrance is also the direction of Paris. In the presence of Hitler and Himmler opened the Reich propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels Theater
Old Bridge (first built in 1546/47)
Altes Rathaus Saarbrücken (district of Alt-Saarbrücken)
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The Saar area was incorporated into the Roman Empire in the 1st century BC, and later came under the control of the Franks. In 925 it became part of the Holy Roman Empire, but a strong French influence continued. Heavily bombed in World War II and made part of the French Zone of Occupation in 1945, the area was made a separate zone in 1946. In 1947, France created the nominally–politically-independent Saar protectorate and merged it economically with France in order to exploit the area's vast coal reserves. Political pressure on France by West Germany and others, as well as the 1955 rejection by the Saarlanders of the compromise solution of Europeanisation of the area, led to the January 1, 1957 political reunion with the Federal Republic of Germany. Economic reintegration would however take many additional years.
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With a French flair due to its proximity to the border with France, Saarbruecken is the capital of the small state of Saarland. Over its long history, the city has changed political hands several times, sometimes finding itself in France and sometimes in Germany. The Romans also had settlements in this area back in ancient times. Today, you can visit a couple of these sites, including the ruins of the Roman camp Roemerkastell and the Mithras shrine on Hallberg Hill. Saarbruecken's other sites are of a much more recent vintage, such as, the medieval St. Arnual church, the Basilica of St. John from the 1750s, and the 18th century Saarbruecken Castle, which is now a center for cultural events and conferences. Take time to also linger on the bridge over the Saar River, which dates from 1546. While along the river, visit the Saar Crane, a reconstruction of a 1761 river crane. Besides the old city, another area worth seeing is the Froeschengasse, a former craftsman's district that is now a shopping area. In terms of museums, Saarbruecken offers a Museum for Prehistory and Early History, a Museum of Regional History, and a Museum of Local History Gersweiler, which focuses on the Gersweiler ceramic works. Once you are done seeing Saarbruecken, consider excursions to Metz in France (45 miles) and Idar-Oberstein (53 miles).
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