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Gravel and bikepacking at its best on Germany’s Saarland Circuit

Fräulein Draußen

Gravel and bikepacking at its best on Germany’s Saarland Circuit

Bike Touring Collection by Fräulein Draußen

7

Tours

39:26 h

240 mi

22,200 ft

A glorious loop around the Saarland region on two wheels and in the best gravel style on (reasonably 😉) rideable single trails with as much gravel as possible. ✌️

This route is a mixture of traditional cycling routes such as the Saarland Cycle Path and a few mountain bike trails. Sometimes, you can cruise along comfortably on gravel paths and small roads before finding your way along narrow paths and single trails (which can sometimes include the odd obstacle in the form of roots, tree trunks or steeper sections).

In the end, it's pretty much the right mix of both in my eyes, and that's what makes a good route for gravel riding 🚲🌲💯 (Otherwise, you'd inevitably get to the point where you'd want either a mountain bike or a road bike)

👉 WHO IS THIS ROUTE SUITABLE FOR?
For all those who are interested in being outdoors on bikes and who are looking for a bit of adventure and sporting challenge.

HOW DEMANDING IS THE ROUTE?
There’s some significant altitude gain, so you should be reasonably fit. However, the climbs are never particularly long and the kilometres per day are planned so that you can take your time on the ascents. In addition, (almost) all the stages take you along mountain bike trails or hiking paths. Most of these are also passable with a gravel bike, but sometimes you have to dismount here and there and push for a short distance. If you’re on a (packed) gravel bike for the first time, this route may not be the best introduction, but otherwise it’s doable without major challenges. If it does get too strenuous or the weather is too bad, you can almost always switch to an easier route.

WHAT KIND OF BIKE DO YOU NEED?
A gravel bike is ideal but a mountain bike would also work. Somewhat thicker tyres are helpful, almost necessary. I found my 2.1 inch (50 mm) tyres super for this. Off-road gearing is also helpful on the steeper climbs.

WHERE CAN YOU STAY OVERNIGHT?
I spent half of my time in accommodation and half in campsites (or a trekking site). You can find more information about this in each stage description.

HOW CAN I GET SOMETHING TO EAT ON THE WAY?
The route is planned in such a way that it stays away from towns and cities as far as possible and leads through the countryside instead. However, you still pass a petrol station, a bakery or similar from time to time, where you can replenish your food stocks and water. At the same time, there are longer stretches where this isn’t possible, so always plan ahead.

👉 WHAT SIGHTS ARE THERE ALONG THE WAY?
‘10 places in Saarland that you absolutely have to see’... you won't find them on this route. Instead, there's plenty of countryside, deserted paths and tracks, small villages, relaxed views and many insights into Saarland beyond the hotspots. The focus of the route is on nature and cycling itself. But here and there are some notable sites including: the view from Vogelfelsen over the Saar Valley and its densely forested steep slopes; the stone sculptures of the art project ‘Stones on the Border’; the Celtic ring wall, one of the best-preserved Celtic monuments in Germany; rugged sandstone cliffs on the edge of a former quarry (now a nature reserve); and a kiosk that sells you the much-needed portion of chips for the next climb. 😏

Any questions about the route? Then drop them in the comments box!

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Tours & Highlights

  • 05:28
    28.9 mi
    5.3 mph
    2,450 ft
    2,375 ft

    Hello from the wild Saarland! 🌿👋🌳I was here for the first time almost exactly two years ago and hiked a few stages on the Saar-Hunsrück-Steig. I still remember how genuinely and positively I was surprised at how wild and far away from everything the hiking trail and nature feel in many places. (Admittedly, I had no idea about this corner of Germany before. 🤭)

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  • 05:35
    35.5 mi
    6.4 mph
    3,275 ft
    3,150 ft

    The second stage of my Saarland gravel tour starts with a 150 m ascent from Überherrn to Berus. So perfect for waking up! 😉 And that shouldn't be the only ascent of the day ... Once I get to the top, I stay there for a while and drive over extensive mountain ranges with great all-round views. The day before …

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  • 06:02
    37.5 mi
    6.2 mph
    3,600 ft
    3,150 ft

    From Perl I will soon follow the Moselle for a part of the border with Luxembourg. What both sides have in common is the wine that grows on the steep slopes to the left and right of the river. 🍷✨After a few kilometers I leave the river bank and work my way up through the vineyards. What follows is …

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  • 05:44
    30.3 mi
    5.3 mph
    3,375 ft
    3,225 ft

    Last summer I was cycling in Sweden for two months. I particularly fondly remember those days when I just rolled for hours on lonely gravel roads and paths. Without knowing where I am or thinking about where I want to go. 🌲🚴‍♀️🌳Just just be in the moment, in the midst of endless rows of trees, nameless lakes and further north …

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  • 06:11
    38.5 mi
    6.2 mph
    3,900 ft
    4,550 ft

    I always thought that it would automatically be summer if you just pack a summer sleeping bag ... but apparently it is not the case. 🤯🤪🥶 Therefore, unfortunately, it was not a really restful night in the trekking camp Celtic camp, even if the starry sky gave everything again before. In addition to the resulting tiredness, the next morning there was constant drizzle, which was also not conducive to the mood. 🙈

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  • 06:12
    36.5 mi
    5.9 mph
    3,675 ft
    3,700 ft

    The weather wasn't better that day either (but the mood was thanks to enough sleep 🥳)! And somehow I actually enjoyed the mud and water fight on the trails and forest paths that day. 🤡 💦They were on the plan that day ~ 80 km / 1,400 hm, but under these conditions they would have been a bit too …

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  • 04:14
    33.1 mi
    7.8 mph
    1,925 ft
    2,100 ft

    The last stage of my Saarland gravel bikepacking tour. 🥺 Today I'm going back to Saarbrücken, where I started a week ago.This stage is definitely the most relaxed of all, so there is enough time and leisure to really enjoy the last day again.At the beginning of the stage, the route is fairly flat and on well-developed bike …

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    7
  • Distance
    240 mi
  • Duration
    39:26 h
  • Elevation
    22,200 ft

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Gravel and bikepacking at its best on Germany’s Saarland Circuit