Saarbruecken, or ‘The City of Bridges’, is a beautiful German town that sits on the border to France in Saarland. True to its name, Saarbruecken’s attractions include the 16th century stone bridge that stretches across the Saar river, but the city has much more to offer than its historical bridges. It is an economic and cultural hot spot of the province, with a modern metropolitan atmosphere and an interesting jumble of German and French cultural influences. Saarbruecken has a long and interesting history, dating back centuries - visit the 18th century Saarbruecken Castle, and explore the local experience of World War Two. If you are an expatriate living in Saarbruecken, consider joining the InterNations community today - with more than 1 million members, it is the largest global network for expatriates to meet, network, and socialize.
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Saarbruecken is placed just a short distance from the city of Luxembourg and its public transport network even runs over the border into France. The city often expresses itself as ‘bi-cultural’ due to its close ties with France, a feature cherished by many expats living in Saarbruecken. As well as these major attractions, the city of Saarbruecken is surrounded by a spattering of historic towns and villages that make great days out or weekend vacations. While many expatriates use the rail services to travel continentally, Saarbruecken can also offer an international airport with daily flights to many European destinations and beyond. By car the city is well connected via the A6 Autobahn, and buses and trams run regularly throughout Saarbruecken locally. Expats in Saarbruecken who are passionate hikers are particularly drawn to the areas nature reserve - the city is well known for its expansive green spaces including Staden Park and the Franco-German Garden. If you are thinking of moving to Saarbruecken, take a look at the InterNations Expat Magazine for helpful tips and advice on planning, moving, and living in Saarbruecken or any other foreign city.
Saarbruecken is the province capital, and one of the major centers for business and commerce in Saarland - which has traditionally been the industrial heart of Germany. As a border town its close proximity to France, while once cause for conflict, is now a major advantage to expats working in Saarbruecken and businesses in the area. The excellent travel connections offer a further boost to those expatriates living in Saarbruecken who want to take advantage of the wider European market. Many service providers and industrial corporations operate from the area and the local workforce is highly skilled. Many expats in Saarbruecken are employed by the federal state government based in the city, the renowned research institutions, and the seven different universities found in the area. Thousands of professional expatriates in Germany and across the world have found each other though InterNations; check out the InterNations discussion groups, forums, or Working Abroad section in the Expat Magazine for more information and advice on working in Saarbruecken.