The Hutte is probably Volklinger's only real draw. But it's a big one. Not only in terms of being a big magnet for tourists, but just through the sheer enormity of the complex. It's almost as big as the town itself. The UNESCO protected World Heritage site was once a bustling, noisy, steaming ironworks. And despite all the cleaning and restoration,...more
When this iron making plant was closed down in 1986 it was left intact and by 1994 it was a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site.As a former steelworker in the UK this was a great place for me to visit, everything here is pretty much the same as I remembered from the plant I worked in - Corby.Most ares are accessible either self guided or with an...more
I had been in Völklingen very often as a child and I remembered it as a busy city. It has certainly changed quite a lot! Walking from the steel works towards the city center we only saw deserted, dirty streets, full of litter, lots of graffiti and hardly any open shops. It was early afternoon on a Saturday, and everything had a run-down, dirty...more
Another part of the science center deals with magnetism.This room was probably intended for children to experiment, but no adult can be there without starting to play. You can direct a crane by a control pad, so that it takes up nails, screws or other iron things from one box, switch it over to another and stop the magnetic power, and everything...more
The main place to visit in Völklingen is the old steel plant. You can walk around and follow the way the steel was produced.Explanations are given in German,French and English.Sometimes they were a bit too technical for me, since I really don't know very much about steel production, but always very interesting.The sheer size of the plant is...more
Apart from the exhibition hall in which changing exhibition are staged, there are some steady ones in a science center, among them a very interesting one about the four elements, fire,water,air and earth. To get in you walk through artificial fog, created by a soft rain. Then there is a huge block of ice, films showing fire, a machine which builds...more
The forest close to Völklingen is called Warndt. It covers a large area, both in Germany and in France. The name comes from the word "warning", "warnen" in German. This was a forest for the princes only to hunt, and everybody else was warned to stay away from it. The name still remembers this.Some of the small villages in the Warndt belong to the...more
We had chosen our hotel because of this restaurant. It was the first certified restaurant in the Saarland using only organic food or meat from free range farms. The menu is small, not too many choices, but a good variety including vegetarian dishes. All products are from the area, no shipping across all of Europe, which is another plus in my mind.
Everything is prepared freshly, so expect to sit a while. I had a very good Rosé wine from the Saar , my husband the equally good local pils.
The food was delicious! We had rumpsteak and cordon bleu, with a good selection of potatoes, vegetables and salads. We paid about 60 Euro for our meal.
The restaurant is slightly more expensive than average, but you always have to pay more for organic food and especially for free range meat. There are not too many vineyards along the Saar , and any wine from there is more expensive than from other areas in Germany. The pils was actually cheaper than average, probably because it is considered basic in the Saarland.
All I can say our meal was worth every cent.
Volklingen is just a few minutes outside of Saarbrucken by train. It's also easily reached from the tourist haven of Trier. Trains run once every hour or so between those two destinations. And that's about the limit for this little out of the way place. The train station has a great view of the Hutte.more
Well, maybe not to die for, but at least to forget all about the million calories éclairs have.
We had been told about a very good bakery, somewhere between Grossrosseln and Petite-Rosselle. This somewhere consists of a bridge, maybe 20 meters long. No bakery on this bridge, so we walked on into Petite-Rosselle. And sure enough, just after the first corner we found it, no ordinary bakery, but a cake/pastry/chocolate shop all in one.
Even though it was late Saturday afternoon it was still open (quite a change from the deserted city of Völklingen) and they were really busy.
I was happy to see the most mouthwatering éclairs and bought a few. I started ordering in French, but the saleslady had heard me talking to my husband in German and answered in German. All the employees in the shop switched from French to German and back with great ease.
The éclairs were just as good as they looked. I don't remember how much they were, 1,50 or 2 Euro, no more.
One of the small villages in the Warndt is called St.Nikolaus - Santa Claus in German. Needless to say, the local post office gets quite a lot of letters for Santa Claus during the Christmas season. Each year in November and December volunteers come and help answering the letters. They try not to leave one letter unanswered.
Nikolaustag - Santa Claus' day is 6 December and each year the local gymnasium is turned into a post office on 5 and 6 December, and letters are then stamped with a special St Nikolaus stamp.
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Not far from Völklingen there is Wadgassen which is home of the German Museum for Newspapers - Deutsches Zeitungsmuseum. It really is off the beaten path, and when we were there we were the only visitors. Hard to understand really, as the museum was very interesting. Apart from old newspapers there were old headlines, and the visitors could guess...more
This close to France nobody would be surprised to find a chapel dedicated to a French saint. When we came to the Oranna chapel ,however, I found out that it was dedicated to an Irish saint. Oranna was an Irish woman who had come to the Lorraine in 7th century to heal people. She was accopagnied by her friend Cyrilla. The two women were living in...more
The Schengen Zone and the idea behind it was not easy to create. It took many dedicated people to convince others. Part of the European idea started here in this small area,where the Lorraine on the French side and the Saarland on the German side had a lot of first hand experience of what it meant to be a borderland, switching back and forth...more