A bicycle tour of Saarburg to Saar loop, vice versa about 58 km. A nice bike ride along the Saar River with here and there a small climb. Starting along the right bank to the locks of Serrig-Traben. Fun to see the lock through from the boats for a fall (decline) of about 12 meters. Further along the right bank to Taben-Roth on the bridge to the left side to go.Please note, right after the bridge sharp left through a fairly steep gravel path down. Then on a relatively flat unpaved bike path and a short climb to a small chapel and then further to Mettlach. Then Mettlach beyond, stay on the left bank, along the Saar loop until Café-Terace Zum Fährhaus. A good opportunity for lunch. Here with the ferry crossing to the right bank and back to Mettlach. Mettlach the place to be for Villeroy & Boch. For the fans, there is the possibility to visit the factory. After the visit to Mettlach take the bridge to the left bank and back to Taben- Roth. Take the bridge to the right bank and back to Saarburg.
See for a visual impression of this bike ride my video Saarburg to Saar loop .
St Laurentius Parish Church was built to replace a small Chapel of the Cross which was erected on this same site in the 13th century. It is big and beautiful but unfortunately, it was closed on the day of my visit to Saarburg, so I can tell you nothing more. If any other VTers can give me some info on this church, I would be most grateful. Suffice to say, it is very prominent on the Saarburg skyline.
In 1657 This building was built as an electors mill. It was later to become a power station. In 1935 the electric compay installed a new turbine to produce power for the town. It is still on display today. The museum is a showcase for the skilled trades people of Saarburg and many different trades are represented here. Some of these are fishermen and mariners, tannery workers, millers and workers at the bell foundry which only ceased making bells in 2002.
The fisherman and other sailors or mariners lived in very colourful houses as close as possible to the banks of the River Saar. Go down by the river and wander around these houses, it reallly is quite interesting. You can pick which are the mariners homes by the motifs that are displayed on the front. They might have, anchors or fish hooks or the like. It is another very attractive area of Saarburg.
I have seen the waterfall described as a natural feature of Saarburg and I have seen it described as artificial. I think that the River Leuk was diverted many centuries ago to make provision for easily accessed water in case of fire. When this was done, voila! a beautiful waterfall running right through the middle of town. It is this feature that primarily brings visitors to Saarburg and it truly is worth taking the time believe me.
This is where all the action is. The River Leuk runs through the centre of the town and becomes the famous Saarburg waterfall or cascade. The area is chock full of outdoor restaurant, shops, flowers etc and is really very beautiful and to my mind quite exciting. It will take your breath away.
On your way to the city centre, you will need to turn left into the hill leading to the top. As you proceed up this very attractive street, you will come upon a viewing point from which you will catch your first glimpse of the waterfall. This is a great photo opportunity as well as being a good place to rest half way up the hill.
Count Siegfried of Luxemburg built the Castle/Fortress in 964 high on a hill overlooking what was to become the City of Saarburg in 1291 when given city rights by King Rudolf of Habsburg.
The Castle is now a ruin but if you want to climb 107 steps to the top, you will have a fabulous view over the area. No need to give directions. When you arrive in Saarburg, you will see it.
Since 1894, the mill situated in the centre of the historic old town of Saarburg has been owned by the Hackenberger family. However, the watermill, a complex of three mills arranged one behind the other, dates back to as early as the 13th or 14th century. The mill wheels are still driven today by the waterfall on the Leukbach river, which plummets down over a 20 metre high massif in the middle of the town. Originally run as an oil mill, tanning mill and grain mill, at the end of the 19th century the millers started to use the mill complex exclusively as a grain mill. The mill wheels produced up to a tonne of flour on a daily basis until operations ceased in 1974.
The mill museum presents milling stools, mill wheels, sets of millstones and a multitude of tools that were needed to make the grain into flour. The miller?s old milling room can also be viewed.
The former electoral mill, which was built in 1657 at the artificially positioned waterfall, today houses - amongst other things - the AMÜSEUM town museum. In the middle of the historic Old Town, the museum presents Saarburg?s traditional skilled trades, such as printer, tanner, cobbler and boatman. Alongside tanning, one trade had a particular influence on life in Saarburg: bell-founding. As early as 1770 Urbanus Mabilon, the scion of a French bell-founding family, settled in Saarburg and set up a foundry. Today the Mabilon bell-foundry is still sending bells all over the world.
In addition, visitors can see Germany's oldest electric turbine that is still working. Since 1935, the turbine has been supplying the entire market area with power.
Changing exhibitions complete what the museum has to offer.
We had some scarry moments in this cable cabines.
Just when I said to my daughter that it was late and I was a bit worried they didn't forget that we are in the cabines, we where the only ones still in!
The cable cabine stopped.....................we waited and waited and nothing happend only the wind made our cable cabine going back and forward.................
After a few minutes the cabines start again, we never knew what the problem was, but it was a bit scarry!!
On the road leading to the Castle, you will find the Protestant church which was built in 1893.
Sadly it was bombed in 1944 but by 1949 had been rebuilt.