In the southwest of Germany, framed between Rhineland-Palatinate, French Lorraine and Luxembourg, lies Saarland. The hilly landscape of the Saarland is crossed by wide forests - overall, the smallest German territorial state has the largest proportion of forest area of all German federal states. The most important landscape feature is of course the meandering course of the Saar near Mettlach. There it has left impressive valley landscapes on its journey through the Saarland. In addition, many small rivers and creeks shape the nature of Saarland. As a hiker you can look forward to walks through charming mixed forests with a particularly high proportion of beech trees and wide meadows as well as the excellent Saarland cuisine with a hint of French grand cuisine.
After all, who doesn't know it: after a good hike, the food just tastes twice as good. That's why we have selected seven 'Tafeltours' (table tours) in the most beautiful natural areas of the Saarland. The special thing about the 'Tafeltours': First you explore the picturesque landscape and then you let yourself be spoiled with the local delicacies in an excellent restaurant.
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Anyone who wanders in Saarland can not avoid this tour: the table tour to the Saarschleife takes you to the most famous vantage point in Germany's smallest country state.From Mettlach you follow the signposted table tour over the ridge surrounded by the Saar to the romantically situated castle Montclair. Here you not only enjoy the fantastic view of the surrounding Saar Valley, but also little things in the castle's own bistro.Then it goes downhill to the Saarufer on the inside of the Saarschleife. On both sides, the wooded slopes tower above you. Walk along the shore until you reach the ferry dock.With the tiny and above all last Saarfähre it goes then over to the other shore - the crossing takes only few minutes and costs 2 euro for adults and 0,50 euro for children. But be careful, if you hike on Mondays: Then the ferry has a rest day, unless it is a public holiday.On the other bank, you then hike through the romantic Steinbachtal uphill and continue to the Saarschleifenaussicht Cloef. After the climb you really deserve the panorama. From here it continues with a great view of the valley over the ridge and finally leisurely downhill to the viewpoint in Mettlach.Round off your hike with a detour from the Cloef viewpoint to the Tafelourrestaurant Landhotel Saarschleife in Mettlach Orscholz.
The Schaumberg, with its height of 568 meters, is not the highest mountain in the Saarland, but due to its flat surroundings it offers the most spectacular view - especially if you climb up to the Schaumberg Tower. The dinner tour takes you up to the summit plateau and around the wooded mountain slopes.Starting point of the tour is the trail parking lot in the center of Tholey. From here, the signposted table tour takes you up the Schaumberg in a few hairpin bends. In the famous Schaumberg Tower, you can admire the magnificent view and visit the exhibitions on climate change and German-French friendship.Directly at the foot of the Schaumberg Tower there is also the cozy excursion restaurant Schaumberg-Alm - the table-top restaurant of this hike.Strengthened then it goes on over the wooded slopes on. Soon the forest clears and gives you a wonderful view. Shortly after, the path leads you back into the forest and on to the small Blasiuskapelle.Here the path bends to the north. You will meet a narrow stream, which you follow upstream. Next highlight is the striking African chapel. The small, seven-sided chapel was built by German prisoners of war, who had returned from Morocco after several years of imprisonment. The chapel houses a statue of the Mother of God made by one of the captives in Africa.Below the summit of Schaumberg we return to the starting point of the hike.
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The landscape around the town of Kirkel is one of the most varied in Saarland. In the extensive beech and oak forest, you will find countless colorful sandstone rocks, which you can explore on the dinner tour.From the trail parking lot at the Naturfreundehaus Kirkel the signposted table tour leads you into the dense forest. Soon you can admire the first stones and rock formations on the rock path through the Pigeon Valley.Afterwards the geological nature trail awaits you. Along the way there are countless different types of rocks from all over Saarland - of course with a precise name and the location.At the rest area at the enchanted Frauenbrunnen you can take a little break before the table tour leads around the Hutschucker Kupp back to Kirkel.In any case, a detour to the Kirkel castle with attached castle tavern or to the restaurant Ressmann in Kaiserstraße is worthwhile.
The Saarland has a closely intertwined history with the neighboring France - so it is obvious that a panel tour also leads across to Lorraine. From the contemplative Berus this round leads you over open hills to the French neighbor Berviller-en-Moselle.The starting point of the Beruser Tafeltour is the striking Europadenkmal on the edge of the village. Before you start, it is worthwhile to visit the viewing platform, because the view over the wide hills is fantastic.Then it goes on through the nature reserve Beruser Kalksteinbruch and then along the German-French border. At the edge of Merten you finally enter French soil.First you walk here through sparse forest until you open a wide meadow and pasture landscape in front of you. Only a little later you can see the log cabin Chalet du Chemin, where you can take a little rest.After you have crossed the village Berviller -en-Moselle, it goes back to the Saarland. A few meters beyond the border you will find the sanctuary of St. Orana with its small chapel.From here it is only a short distance to the table-top restaurant Margarethenhof. After a well deserved rest, the table tour takes you back to the starting point in Berus.
On the Losheimer Tafeltour not only expect great views over the hilly Saarland, but also the peaceful Losheimer reservoir and the natural wetland around the Metzerbach.The Losheimer table tour starts at the large trail parking lot on the eastern shore of the reservoir of the same name. From here you follow the signposted hike northwards and then along the lakeshore.On the west bank you leave the reservoir and wander for a short while through the meadow landscape of the Losheimer Bach. Soon, the trail turns right and leads you to a freely accessible Kneipp facility with paddling pool.From here, the table tour runs through the picturesque Bachtal valley of the Metzerbach, which you cross several times on simple footbridges. The path leads you gently uphill to the headwaters of the creek on an old, abandoned quarry.Now you hike through the dense forest on. Soon, the forest clears and gives you the view of the village Scheiden, which is the highest village in the Saarland. On the outskirts of the village you will find some wooden loungers, which invite you to a cozy rest with a wonderful view.Afterwards the table tour leads you downhill through the forest back to the starting point of the hike. The tour ends with a visit to the restaurant Maison au lac on the banks of the Losheim reservoir.
In the extreme north of the Saarland, directly on the border to Rhineland-Palatinate, is the mountainous landscape around the Wadrilltal. On the table tour you can visit the wide forests and idyllic meadows, as well as make a detour to the castle ruins Grimburg.From the starting point of the hike in Sitzerath the table tour leads you first over cattle pastures and wet meadows up in the direction of Felsenberg. From the wooded summit, it goes evenly downhill to Wadrilltal.Already on the descent you can see the striking tower of the Grimburg high above the valley. If you are interested in old castles, then the detour to the ruin is mandatory. Especially nice: From April to September, a small café at the castle is open at the weekend.From the Grimburg you follow the table tour through the densely wooded Wadrilltal. In the constant ups and downs you wander through the valley until the path ascends to the east on the valley slopes.In some hairpin bends up to the small Nazareth chapel, which is located on the edge of the village Wadrill. From here you hike the table tour at the edge of the forest and across wide meadows back to Sitzerath.Arrived at the starting point of the hike, you can then indulge yourself with a stop at the tafelourrestaurant Landgasthof Paulus.
At the beginning of the 19th century Napoleon Bonaparte gave his deserved cavalry officer Lapointe the estate Imsbach. Under his leadership, the farm estate and the adjoining land experienced a real golden age. In his honor, the dinner tour around the Hofgut is referred to as officer's path Imsbach.From the listed Hofgut Imsbach, the table-top restaurant of this hike, the hiking route along the Imsbach takes you northwards. Here you walk through a quiet, well-groomed forest until you reach the edge of Selbach.At this point, the table tour turns to the southwest and leads you first through quiet coniferous forests and then over the natural pastures of the farm estate. You follow the signage at the edge of the forest, wander over the lush pastures and cross the Imsbach again.The path leads you through a small forest to the Johann-Adams-mill. If you like, you can already take a break here in the restaurant. From the mill, it is only a short distance through the forest back to the starting point of the hike.