Taking the train to Saarbrucken is a great way to visit this appealing west German city. Saarbrucken benefits from a wide variety of direct rail connections, whether travelers are coming from Frankfurt am Main, or Paris, both of which cater well for transatlantic visitors. Saarbrucken is easy to reach, whether travelers are coming from near or far away.
There's just one major station in Saarbrucken. Saarbrucken Hauptbahnhof (also known as the Eurobahnhof, or DESBK) is centrally located, so passengers will arrive very close to the major historic attractions like the Congresshalle and the shops of Mitte. Travelers can also catch buses to Saarbrucken 's airport, which is a handy point of departure for regional flights.
Most trains originating in Germany will be provided by Deutsche Bahn (DB). Those coming from France may be operated by SNCF, but InOui also runs a range of connections to Saarbrucken Hauptbahnhof. In any case, connections should be rapid and efficient, with journey times from Paris as little as one hour 45 minutes.
Traveling by train to Saarbrucken is convenient, enjoyable, and affordable. Both the German and French rail networks are renowned for their comfortable carriages with plenty of leg room and onboard amenities like WiFi. Watching the scenery of the Saarland or eastern France roll by may also be preferable to catching regional flights or taking buses. Plenty of routes pass through the city's Hauptbahnhof as well, so finding a connection to Saarbrucken shouldn't be hard. This includes a number of entry points for North Americans visiting Europe, such as Paris CDG or Frankfurt.
Saarbrucken isn't a large city, and the vast majority of sights can be taken in on foot. However, the city's public transport network is excellent, if required. Most of the attractions are in Mitte, the town's city center. There, visitors will find the impressive Ludwigskirche and the even more striking Saarbrucker Schloss, a riverside palace that includes an engaging museum of the city's history. But be prepared to venture further afield. Not far from Saarbrucken, visitors can visit the gigantic Völklinger Hütte ironworks, or take some gorgeous snaps at the Saarschleife - an achingly photogenic bend in the Saar River.