Germany is a central European country that borders many countries. German cities border Denmark on the north, Poland and Czech Republic on the east, Austria and Switzerland on the south, and The Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg and France on its west side. For this blog, I will discuss about the German cities close to French borders. Germany is quite big not only in terms of land area, but also in terms of economic aspects. This country is also rich in history, which has deep roots in the various German tribes that lived in the North centuries ago, the Roman invasion of the country, the Protestantism Reformation, up to the roles Germany played during the World Wars I and II. Nowadays, Germany is a modern country that has the largest economy in Europe, houses modern sciences, and ranks third in terms of the large number of UNESCO World Heritage sites.
Germany is one of our most traveled countries because it is very close to our home in the Netherlands. If interested, see for example my blog on the German cities close to the Netherlands. Or if coming from Germany and you want to visit Dutch cities close to German border, see my blog in this link. Some of these cities are also our favorite places to visit because of its relatively cheap costs (from Dutch point of view), beautiful scenery, and richness in cultural and culinary experience. See the map below for the German cities, which I will discuss below, close to the French borders.
German cities close to the French border
Saarbrücken, which comes from the French word Sarrabrucca, meaning a bridge across the river dating from the Roman times (Britannica.com), is the capital of Saarland in the southwest of Germany. Saarbrücken is a favorite vacation place of many Dutch family because of its vibrant culture, which
combines French and German ambiances, while at the same being only a few hours drive from the Netherlands. Being only 6 kilometers away (10 minutes drive) from the border of France, other French cities such as Metz, Nancy, and Strasbourg can be reach from Saarbrücken. Top places to visit when in Saarbrucken includes the UNESCO World Heritage site Völklingen Ironworks, Saarbrücken castle, Ludwigskirche church, Rathaus St. Johann Town Hall, Historical Museum Saar, and St. Johanner Markt Square.