Saarbrücken has roughly 190,000 inhabitants and sits in the southwest corner of Germany on the border with France. The capital and largest city of Saarland, the city has been known for many industries over the years, including mining, beer brewing and coal production. Formed by merging three towns in 1909, the city's origins can be traced as far as the Roman Empire. Today, the city has developed greatly in terms of commerce and economic development. A bustling hub of education and research, the city has great connectivity through railways and highways. The dynamic history of the town balanced with urban growth and its proximity to rural hiking areas bring in people from all over to this lovely city.