Ride far into the forest, take a deep breath, soak up the fresh, fragrant air, pedal on until you can’t go any higher, enjoy the view and follow a river to your destination – that sounds like a perfect bike Tour, right? But, wait! That’s just what a bike Tour in Saarland is like! There’s one small difference – you don’t just venture into the forest once here, but at least twice or more. A whopping 40% of Saarland is covered by Forests. This puts this small federal state at the top of the ‘forest ranking’ in Germany. But, that’s not all...
In addition to the unique nature and landscapes such as the Bliesgau region and the Saarbrücken primeval forest, this area has a rich industrial heritage. The contrast between nature and industrial culture makes it a wonderful place to explore. Some of the former industrial sites have been converted for other, exciting uses whilst nature is quietly reclaiming other sites, creating completely new landscapes – it’s truly fascinating.
In this Collection, we’ve put together seven Tours for you that bring you closer to this contrasting and yet very natural world. You explore the deep forests around Saarbrücken, rutted by water, discover the Bliesgau, which has a touch of Africa about it, and experience industrial romance along the Saar River.
Five of the seven Tours start directly in Saarbrücken's old town at the GIANT Store. If you like, you can make a short pit stop here before you set off and take a look at some new gear. Two other Tours begin a stone’s throw from Saarbrücken. These routes take you to the Osterhöhen hill on the edge of the
They take you to the Osterhöhen at the edge of the North Palatine Uplands and on a detour to the Palatine Forest near Kaiserslautern. You can easily reach the starting points of both Tours in less than an hour by train.
The Saarland is also a culinary paradise. Food plays a vital part in the culture here, especially on a bike Tour! The Saarlanders say that “the main thing is to eat well”. That’s all that we need to say about it. Here, you’ll find plenty of great home-cooked dishes on the table. The only thing you have to worry about is making sure you have enough energy to pedal – ‘the main thing is to cycle well!’
So the only thing you have to worry about is the energy supply. In this sense: "The main thing is to cycle well!
Green, greener, greenest - this tour takes you deep into the jungle north of Saarbrücken. So that it doesn't get too steep, you follow small river valleys through the unspoilt thicket. At the northernmost point of your tour, you finally turn around, turn around and can enjoy an impressive view over the…
This tour takes you back to the bygone days of this region's industrial heritage. Today, the impressive facilities and quarries are mostly "mothballed". But it is by no means true that there is no longer any life there. While the old industrial buildings are now being used extensively for cultural purposes…
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This wonderful tour takes you to the east of Saarbrücken, during which you cross a variety of different landscapes. You can expect wonderfully wide forest areas, idyllic river meadows in the Bliestal and a unique biotope with an animal world, as if you had cycled straight to Africa.
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This beautiful, but also somewhat demanding tour through the Bliesgau should not be underestimated. With almost a hundred kilometers and almost a thousand meters in altitude, it becomes a small challenge even with an e-bike - but maybe that's exactly what you're looking for. In any case, the "gudde…
On this tour you will explore the Saar and its tributary, the Blies, along the German-French border south of Saarbrücken. It is best to check the current border situation between Germany and France before the tour, because the route takes you through French territory for about 13 kilometers.
This tour starts northeast of Saarbrücken in the beautiful town of Sankt Wendel. The starting point is right at the local train station, which you can reach from Saarbrücken with the regional train in about three quarters of an hour. It takes a similar amount of time to get here by car.
A beautiful panoramic…
What would a round through Saarland be without a round through the Palatinate Forest? Although this tour starts a little away from Saarbrücken at the Kaiserslautern train station, it can be easily reached by regional train from Saarbrücken and it takes less than an hour to get to your starting point…
Bike Touring Highlight
You don't have to look far for the "Radhaus am Rathaus" in Saarbrücken - the name alone tells you where to find it. With over 500 square meters of retail space, it is also the largest bike shop in the city. True to the motto "Are you still looking or are you already riding?" You've come to the right place if you're interested in the latest, cool e-bike models from GIANT. But even if you only want to make a short pit stop before your bike tour, you will be gladly and promptly helped here.
More information here: giant-saarbruecken.de/de
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