Saarburg

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This article is about the town in Germany. For the town in France, see Sarrebourg.
Saarburg
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Coat of arms of Saarburg
Coat of arms
Saarburg   is located in Germany
Saarburg
Saarburg
Coordinates: 49°37′N 6°33′E / 49.617°N 6.550°E / 49.617; 6.550Coordinates: 49°37′N 6°33′E / 49.617°N 6.550°E / 49.617; 6.550
Country Germany
State Rhineland-Palatinate
District Trier-Saarburg
Municipal assoc. Saarburg
Subdivisions 4
Government
 • Mayor Jürgen Dixius (CDU)
Area
 • Total 20.36 km2 (7.86 sq mi)
Elevation 159 m (522 ft)
Population (2012-12-31)[1]
 • Total 6,730
 • Density 330/km2 (860/sq mi)
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes 54439
Dialling codes 06581
Vehicle registration TR, SAB
Website www.saarburg.de

Saarburg (pop. ~6,700) is a city of the Trier-Saarburg district in the Rhineland-Palatinate state of Germany, on the banks of the Saar River in the hilly country a few kilometers upstream from the Saar's junction with the Moselle.

Saarburg is the seat of the Verbandsgemeinde ("collective municipality") Saarburg. The area around Saarburg is noted for the cultivation of Riesling grapes.

History[edit]

The history of the city begins with the construction of the now-ruined castle by Graf Siegfried of Luxembourg in 964. It received its town charter in 1291. The city has a bell foundry, the Glockengießerei Mabilion, which has been in operation since the 1770s, and as of 2003 the only one in Germany that makes bronze bells.

In 1945 to 1948 Saarburg was occupied by troops from Luxembourg. From 18 July 1946 to 6 June 1947 Onsdorf, in its then municipal boundary, formed part of the Saar Protectorate. French troops complemented the occupation until 1955.

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