The Glan-Blies cycle path - in 5 stages from Saarland to the Palatinate
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Unique and varied landscapes along the two rivers Blies and Glan characterize the cross-border Glan-Blies cycle path, which winds mainly over flat and traffic-free ground from the Sarreguemines (Saargemünd) in Lorraine in France to Staudernheim in the northern Palatinate. Over 81 miles (131 kilometers), you'll enjoy idyllic river landscapes and say hello to the storks that live here. You will follow in the footsteps of the Romans who once settled here and experience the contemplative atmosphere of the Glantal valley, which inspired Saint Hildegard von Bingen. Countless churches and castles, picturesque old towns and exciting industrial monuments provide cultural variety, while you can challenge yourself in between on a canoe or trolley ride. Our five short stages on the four-star ADFC quality cycle route leave plenty of room to enjoy and explore the beautiful area around the Glan Blies cycle path in peace and quiet.
Large parts of the route run along the remnants of the former Glantalbahn railway, which has been developed into an excellent cycle path and is not only predominantly flat, but also almost traffic-free. This not only makes the route particularly enjoyable but it makes it ideal for occasional cyclists and families with children.
The starting and end point of the ride are both well connected to the railway network, meaning getting to and from the ride shouldn't be a problem. If you'd rather drive, you can take the car to the starting point and pick it up again once you're done with the help of the train. The individual stage destinations do not all have a railway station, however, so if you're intending on cutting the ride short with the intention of taking the train back early, do so in Blieskastel, Homburg or Glan-Münchweiler, in addition to the starting and end points of Sarreguemines (in France) and Bad Sodernheim (in Germany). The towns that make up the various stage destinations are sometimes fairly small and cozy. Therefore, due to their size, consider booking your accommodation in advance.
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Last updated: December 4, 2021
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The first leg of the Glan Blies cycle route starts in France at Sarreguemines station, in German "Saargemünd". Here the Blies flows into the Saar, which gave the city its name. Saargemünd is known for its ceramics industry, whose history you can learn all about in the Keramik-Museum. And otherwise, the…
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