Homburg (Saar)

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Homburg
Saint Michael Church
Saint Michael Church
Coat of arms of Homburg
Coat of arms
Homburg  is located in Germany
Homburg
Homburg
Coordinates: 49°19′N 7°20′E / 49.317°N 7.333°E / 49.317; 7.333Coordinates: 49°19′N 7°20′E / 49.317°N 7.333°E / 49.317; 7.333
Country Germany
State Saarland
District Saar-Palatinate
Government
 • Mayor Rüdiger Schneidewind (SPD)
Area
 • Total 82.64 km2 (31.91 sq mi)
Population (2015-12-31)[1]
 • Total 41,974
 • Density 510/km2 (1,300/sq mi)
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes 66401–66424
Dialling codes 06841, 06848 (Einöd and Wörschweiler)
Vehicle registration HOM
Website Official website

Homburg (German pronunciation: [ˈhɔmbʊʁk]; Palatine German: Humborch) is a town in Saarland, Germany, the administrative seat of the Saar-Palatinate district. With a population of c. 41,974 inhabitants, is the third city in its federal state. The medical department of the University of Saarland is situated here. The city is also home to the Karlsberg beer brewery. Major employers include Michelin and Robert Bosch GmbH.

History[edit]

Market square

The Hohenburg Castle, nowadays a ruin, was in the 12th Century the seat of the counts of Homburg. In 1330 the village received the town status (Stadtrecht) by Louis the Bavarian.

Population development[edit]

Year 1814 1876 1905 1938 1945 1961 1970 1973 1974 2003 2007 2008 2012
Population 2900 3600 9400 20100 19600 29725 32175 33600 43100 46000 44000 43691 41357

Geography[edit]

Homburg is situated in north of the district of Saar-Palatinate, close to the borders of Saarland with Rhineland-Palatinate and not too far from France. It is 16 km from Neunkirchen and 36 km from Saarbrücken.

The town counts 9 villages: Beeden, Bruchhof-Sanddorf, Einöd, Erbach, Jägersburg, Kirrberg, Reiskirchen, Schwarzenbach and Wörschweiler.

Main sights[edit]

  • Homburg is home to the Schlossberg Höhlen (Schlossberg Caves).
  • Homburg is the home of Gutenbrunnen (Schloss Louisenthal).
  • Homburg is the home of the Schloss Karlsberg (Karlsberg Castle)
  • Homburg is the home of the Wörschweiler Abbey

Transport[edit]

Homburg (Saar) Hauptbahnhof is the main railway station in the town, served by long-distance and regional trains. By road transport, the town is served by the motorways A6 (exit Homburg) and A8 (exits Limbach and Einöd).

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International relations[edit]

Homburg is twinned with:

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