“Was so lazy yesterday around the WG that I resolved to actually go somewhere today. Unfortunately due to Trier’s distance from absolutely anything of interest and the short notice with which I commited to a day’s travel, I was stuck with only two real options: Koblenz and Saarbrücken. Having already been in Koblenz twice, I opted for Saarbrücken. Emailed one of the assistants who lives in Saarbrücken, but she didn’t get back to me in time so I’m exploring the city alone.”
Saarbrücken, capital of the Bundesländ Saarland, is a pretty lack luster place, as it ain’t got nothing going for it. A hour long train ride from Trier, Saarbrücken is one of the last bastions of Germany before you stumble into France, and because of that (and partly because of France’s possession of the economically important Saarland following WW1) there are supposedly many French influences in the city and state. I didn’t particularly notice these, but then I’m not a German, and many of these influences probably apply in western Rheinland-Pfalz as well.
I doubt it would have been that much more exciting if I had a tourguide.
“This city reminds me a bit of Victoria, though there is no happiness, no driving life-force here (as hippy-ish as that sounds).
I’ve been searching around and around for Saarbruecken postcards, but so far with no success – why should it be so hard? Is Saarbruecken really that unused to tourists? I’ve already gone to investigate the Schloss (manor-castle) that overlooks the Saar River and the older part of the town, but it was fairly uninteresting, and the actual Manor itself was taken over today for a blood drive. Signs keep telling me that you can do tours of the crypts beneath the city, but the starting point is nowhere to be found.”