Saarland: What you need to know
Where is it?
Since its reunification in 1990, the new Germany has consisted of 16 federal states. There are three city states – the capital city of Berlin, plus Hamburg and Bremen – and 13 diverse regions ranging from Schleswig-Holstein in the north to Bavaria in the south. Saarland with its capital Saarbruecken, apart from the city-states of Berlin, Bremen and Hamburg, is Germany’s smallest federal state. The state borders to France to the south and west, Luxembourg to the west and Rheinland-Palatinate to the north and the east.
How do I get there?
Saarland’s capital Saarbrücken is easy to reach from different motorways linked to the European road network. In addition, the InterCityExpress (ICE) train service from Frankfurt to Paris via Saarbrücken makes travelling to these cities both quick and simple. Saarbrücken International Airport and the River Saar, which was transformed into a navigation channel for larger vessels, complement the various travel options.
Is it a good place to learn German?
People in the Saarland speak Rhine Franconian and Moselle Franconian which is known as the Saarland dialect. The French language also has a long tradition in Saarland because France sought to incorporate the region into the French state shortly after World War II. Today, a large part of the population is able to speak French, and it is compulsory at many schools.
These dialects however are not that different from the standart German language and can usually be understood in the entire country.
Moving to Saarbruecken: 3 things you need to know
1.) Where to live?
Saarbruecken offers a lot of great places to live. To give you some idea’s depending on your budget take a look on the list below.
Some of the most desired districts in Saarbruecken would be Triller and Staden as they are located right in the city-center.
Some medium range districts would be Bellevue and the Pariser-Platz.
Some of the less expensive areas are in the districts of Cotbusser-Platz and Brebach.
2.) Where to work?
Important income sources are automobile industry, steel industry, coal mining, ceramic industry and computer science and information systems industry.
Saarbrücken is the economic centre of the region. With its more than 15.000 business enterprises, the state capital of the Saarland is the economic heart of the area and has become an important point of reference for the Saar-Lor-Lux region. Many industrial corporations and service providers are headquartered in the state capital. The successful economy of the area is built on a highly skilled workforce.
For more information on job possibilities you should take a look at Germanys employment centre. This agency arranges job interviews and lists allot of possible companies that are looking for employees in the different parts of the country. The agency is called “Arbeitsagentur” and provides already great informations on their website (http://www.arbeitsagentur.de/nn_29928/Navigation/Dienststellen/besondere-Dst/ZAV/ZAV-Nav.html).
3.) How to get around?
Within the city of Saarbrueken you can easily reach your destination by public transportation systems like trains and buses.
Use the mobile phone app “Deutsche Bahn Navigation” that gives you access to all information of local busstops anb trainstations. It tells you the walking distance to and between close stations and if there are any delays expected. Tickets can usually be baught at any ticket maschine at every trainstation or right in the bus.