About the only thing Mettlach is famous for which has nothing to do with ceramics is the loop of the Saar. The best viewpoint is high above the river, in Cloef/Orscholz, a part of Mettlach. The view from there has to be the most often photographed view in the whole state and the trail along the river and then up to the Cloef is one of the best...more
The main church of Mettlach is St Luitwinus. It is famous for many mosaics, made out of - guess what - ceramic pieces. There are mosaics both outside and inside the church.The first mosiac I saw just after entering was that of the zodiac signs, surprising for a Catholic church. I had seen something similar in the garden belonging to the pilgrimage...more
Right next to the puzzles in the old abbey park there is my favourite statue in Mettlach: The Spirit of the Earth - Erdgeist, thought up and created by the artist André Heller. It is a huge statue, with a human body and a bird's head, 12 meter tall, made of wires covered with ivy. So human, animal and plant life is represented by the spirit. I was...more
It's the biggest ceramic puzzle in the world, called Living Planet, put up on large boards and it's right in the centre of the park.It shows the continents and their wildlife. There are black lines criss-crossing the continents and first I thought it was some kind of graffitti. But the lines are too regular and seem to formhuman figures, so it's...more
The park just behind the old abbey is open to the public. Children were playing football, people were walking their dogs, feeding the ducks, all this directly next to the old tower, the Alte Turm, which is the oldest Christian building in the Saarland, being about 1000 years old.All around there are old machines which were used for ceramic...more
Villeroy & Boch is the main employer in the town. In the old abbey building there is now a very interesting museum, the Keravision, which tells you a lot about ceramics, styles of dishes, plates, kitchen and dining room fashion etc. Regularly there are hands-on sessions for children, when they can make their own dishes and paint them afterwards....more
The Benedictines abbey was already founded end of the 7th centure by Liutwin, however the current building was only built in the 18th century. It's located next to the Saar river and has lenght of 112 meters. You would not expect that there's a factory in this building today but there is: in 1809 the old abbey was bought by Jean-Francois Boch and...more
For a fraction of what you'd pay in a typical retailer you can purchase a beautiful set of dishes for your home. I'm talking about fine bone china plates for 5 euro each. These dishes normally sell for at least 25 euro at retail stores, but the outlets here are quite a find. There is more than just china here, and you can purchase fine lead crystal...more
When I first saw a photo of this church I though that it looks pretty much like the cathedral in my birthplace Limburg. It's indeed having some similarities but it's much younger, dating from around 1900. Also inside it's completely different, but very nice. With all its mosaics on the floor, the walls and the ceiling it looks splendid but not too...more
Saint Lutwinus/ Liutwin is the founder of the abbey of Mettlach and you find a statue of him near the market place. Liutwin did found the abbey in 690 and later became bishop of Trier. He died 718 in Reims was supposed to be buried in Trier. However according to legends it was not possible to bury him there and they decided that the death himself...more
Behind the building of the old abbey is a park with a pond and the Old Tower. The Old Tower is not only a tower, it's the remainder of a church that was built between 987 and 994. It's the oldest sacred building in the Saarland. The church was dedicated to St Mary and was built on an octagonal floor plan in the style of the cathedral of Aachen, as...more
Near Mettlach you find the large loop of the Saar river. You can get a great view on this loop from the Cloef lookout point next to the village Orscholz & its Cloef-Atrium conference centre. The view is impressive, and I was not surprised that there very many other people visiting this place! Near the viewpoint is also a small fairy tale park which...more
Freiherr-vom-Stein-Str. 34a, Mettlach, Saarland, 66693, Germany
Good for: Families
This time we needed a hotel which allowed dogs. I looked around and found the Haus Schons. It...more
Bahnhofstrasse 31, Mettlach, Saarland, 66693, Germany
Good for: Solo
Mettlach is a nice town for people with cars: the car parks are free! Except the ones in Oscholz near the Cloef viewpoint. You will need a parking disc, though, as you are allowed to park only a limited time in most places. For example at the market place you can park two hours (unlimited on week-ends).
Mettlach has built a reputation of being an outlet town, but contrary to most outlets the shops there are not in a mall, but all in the centre, among cafés and other small shops.
Villeroy & Boch have several shops , one of them a Christmas shop with beautiful Christmas ornaments. Other brand names are Trigema, Land's End, Laura Ashley and several others. I bought some dishes in the Villeroy & Boch shops, the price difference to the regular shops is huge. We saw many people buying quite a lot, one family had three ! shopping cards full with boxes.
What to buy: Ceramics of course, but also clothes, shoes, bathroom equipment...
What to pay: A lot less than in a regular store.