The state capital of Saarbrücken is the regional centre of the Saarland and is situated at the heart of the Saar-Lor-Lux region. The city has approximately 180.000 inhabitants and is strongly influenced by its proximity to France and the chequered history of a French-German border town. The university, trade fair and conference city is set amidst vast woods and enchants visitors with its French charm, which is reflected in the narrow alleys at the foot of the castle and in the pedestrian precinct at the St. Johanner Market Square. Saarbrücken is currently evolving from a stagnant mining town to a vibrant centre of service, science, research and modern technology. Major companies and service providers, as well as almost all federal state authorities, are headquartered in Saarbrücken. The more than 200 specialist shops lining the modern pedestrian precinct and picturesque little streets and hidden courtyards around the St. Johanner Market Square are an excellent place to browse. A wide-ranging cultural programme and many different festivals and events attract thousands of visitors all year round.
2009 was a very special year for Saarbrücken, as the state capital celebrated its 100th anniversary. In 1909 the baroque town of Saarbrücken merged with the market town of St. Johann and the industrial town of Malstatt/Burbach to create the city of Saarbrücken as it is today.
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