Untouched nature, romantic forests, and historical sites – Saarland is a wonderfully varied hiking region. Bordering Luxembourg and France, Saarland may be one of the smallest German states, but it has a huge variety of hiking trails. In this Collection, we’ve put together ten of the most beautiful routes which showcase Saarland’s diversity.
Each hike can be completed in a day, making it convenient to explore the region in your free time. The routes vary in difficulty, although they are mostly fairly relaxed rambles that are ideal for the whole family.
Saarland’s small size makes it convenient to reach the hikes without spending hours driving. Within around 30 miles (50 km) of the state capital Saarbrücken, you can travel back in time and follow in the footsteps of nobility on the Schlossberg near the town of Homburg, follow along the popular Jakobsweg, and venture into thick forests. All of the hikes follow excellent paths where beautiful views over Saarland and beyond the borders are guaranteed. When you are ready for a break, you’ll find plenty of restaurants and cafes en route.
Hikes through Saarland help you to forget your everyday stress and unwind in green nature. The Saarland may be small in terms of area, but its hiking possibilities are endless.
Lots of variety and hiking fun await you on the Litermont summit tour, which is almost nine kilometers long. Look forward to wildly romantic stream landscapes, rugged gorges, great distant views, a frog and the devil. The circular hike starts at the forest car park Etzelbachstrasse in Nalbach.You start on a flat route and hike through the forest. You will soon be standing in front of a giant frog, which marks the frog paradise, a former sand pit. Today the pit is a home for many animals and plants. You hike on and then meet the Piesbach, which winds through the lush green of the forest.A little later, the trees clear up and you continue walking in an open area, past flowering orchards. The path gradually climbs up to the Litermont summit. Then you have reached the highest point of the mountain range and enjoy a wonderful view over the Saar valley and to France. Time for an extensive break at the summit cross.With new energy you tackle the last part of the hike - now it's getting mystical. The path takes you past a Celtic cult site and on to the Teufelsschlucht. The physical person awaits you personally in his refuge - but only as a wooden statue. From here it goes a short distance downhill until you reach your starting point again.At the end of your tour, a trip to the Litermont Museum and the historical park is worthwhile. There you will learn more about the history of the region and about the legendary world around the Litermont. In the restaurant you can enjoy Saarland cuisine and then play a round of adventure golf.
This 15-kilometer hike takes you around St. Wendel's local mountain Bosenberg. On the Tiefenbach path, wonderful views, wildly romantic paths and lots of silence and idyll await you. The perfect hike to forget about everyday stress. The hike starts at the forest car park on Missionshausstrasse in St. Wendel.At the beginning of the tour you hike around the 485 meter high Bosenberg. The mountain is densely forested, but every now and then you come across great viewpoints. So you can take a promising break after just one and a half kilometers and make yourself comfortable on a wooden bench. Several wooden loungers along the way invite you to take a break.The path winds further around the Bosenberg and past an old quarry, in which numerous animals and plants feel comfortable today. You leave the forest and continue walking across an open area. How about a break at the Leitersweiler Buchen? The giant trees are up to 300 years old and provide shade for a rest.The path leads you back into the dense forest and along the banks of the Tiefenbach, which flows through an idyllic valley. Enjoy the peace and beauty of nature and breathe in the fresh forest air. Soon you will cross a street and head for the next beautiful viewpoint on the bat head.Continue through the forest before you hike the last part of the tour along the edge of the forest back to the viewpoint and let your gaze wander over St. Wendel. Do you see the church tower of the late Gothic basilica? At the end of your tour, a visit to the impressive church is worthwhile. Then you can make yourself comfortable in one of the cafés in St. Wendel.
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Off to the jungle! This eight kilometer circular hike shows you why the forest in the Steinbach and Netzbach valleys is so wonderfully original and wild. You can explore the protected area on beautiful hiking trails and observe how nature develops when humans can make it easy. The starting point of the jungle tour is at the Forsthaus Neuhaus, north of Saarbrücken.You walk right past the wash fountain into the Steinbach valley. On your way you will explore the forest, discover babbling brooks, small forest lakes, uprooted trees and marshy swamps. Foresters have not intervened in the forest's ecosystem since 2002 and have given nature their freedom. So it may well be that you have to climb over a fallen tree - primeval forest. Wooden bridges help you cross the swampy sections of dry feet.The highlight - in the truest sense of the word - is the little Fuji. A wooden staircase makes it easier for you to climb up, from above you have a beautiful view of the Steinbach valley. In the nearby Naturfreundehaus Kirschheck you can take a break and strengthen yourself. The path leads you past a Friedwald before you cross the Steinbach again. Enjoy the last kilometers through this beautiful forest until you reach your starting point again.How about a special extra for your jungle tour? There are several so-called dangling stations along the route. They are designed to unpack the hammock and simply hang out in a relaxed manner. So the jungle can be enjoyed even more intensely. Here you can find out where you can borrow the hammocks: urlaub.saarland/Reisefuehrer/Hier-koennen-Haengematten-ausgeliehen-werden.
The name says it all on this 10 kilometer circular hike: The Schauinslandweg takes you to beautiful viewpoints and through a wonderful landscape. You walk past lush meadows, shady mixed forests and fragrant orchards. And of course there is a lot of Saarland to look over.The starting point of the tour is at the Fischweiher Randsbach a little south of Ottweiler. You leave the idyllic bank of the pond and hike slightly uphill to Steinbacher Berg. The path leads you across an open landscape and you enjoy a beautiful view into the distance. Then it goes down a forest path into the Kerbacher valley.You hike steadily uphill along the banks of the stream. Enjoy the calm and the cool air in the small valley. You will soon reach a nice grill hut with seating. How about a break here before you tackle the next leg of the climb? From the Betzenhübel, with its 427 meters the highest point of the hike, you have a great view of the surrounding region. The view from the panorama tower is even better. It is worth climbing the 120 steps: from above you have a wonderful panoramic view of the Saarland.You walk a little bit further on the plateau before you descend and soon stand again on the banks of the fish pond in Randsbach. On weekends you can stop at the Hiems hiking hut shortly before the end of the tour. Or you run a few meters further and enjoy it in the "Waldhotel Garni".
Rocks, rocks and more rocks. Sounds monotonous? But it is not at all. The almost 14 km long Felsenweg dream loop leads you to imposing rock formations, to Celtic cult sites and the remains of a medieval castle complex. In between there is a fresh kick for tired hiking legs in a Kneipp facility.The starting point of the circular hike is at the fire service equipment house in Waldhölzbach. Right from the start, things are going uphill - but the first promising highlight is not long in coming. From Teufelsfelsen you have a wonderful view of the dense forest of the Saar-Hunsrück National Park. You then hike up and down through the forest, especially pleasant on a hot summer day. You will now follow the Saar-Hunsrück-Steig for part of your way.You will soon have reached the highest point of the tour and hike downhill. You reach the Bärenfels, an impressive rock wall that rises massive. Along the way there are some more such rock formations to discover, such as the noble rock or the snake rock. On your way to Scheiden you will always come across beautiful places that invite you to take a break.When you get to the village, turn left - the rugged rock formations now give way to lovely orchards and great views. You hike a bit uphill again before the path leads you down into the rustic valley of the Lannenbach. You cross this, climb the opposite side of the valley and hike the last part of the tour relaxed on a flat route back to the starting point.
The municipality of Perl is located in the border triangle of Germany, Luxembourg and France and is known for viticulture. But not only grapes grow on the limestone soils, 17 wild orchid species also feel comfortable in the sun-drenched soil. On this nine-kilometer circular hike you roam through this beautiful landscape with its lush flora and enjoy wonderful panoramic views.It starts at the "Rabüscheck" hiking car park in the Oberperl district. The path winds through a dense, wild forest and then past orchards in the direction of the Moselle. At the halfway point of the tour you will reach a wonderful viewpoint from which you have a great view of the Moselle slopes of three countries - Germany, Luxembourg and France. In Saarland, wine is actually only grown on a few kilometers, which is why Perl rightly counts as a winegrowing community.You continue walking along the southern slope of the Hammelberg. Numerous orchids and herbs grow in the over 30 hectare nature park. So keep your eyes open. In such a rich nature, of course, animals also feel comfortable. For example, you can spot praying mantis on warm and dry spring days.The path leads you relaxed through the nature reserve back to your viewpoint - including other great viewpoints. At the end of your tour, you can pamper yourself with a good glass of wine in Perl and end the day comfortably.
On the 14-kilometer tour of the Schlossberg, you hike a piece of history. You get to know the ruins of the Hohenburg and walk to the remains of a once magnificent fairytale castle. The circular hike starts at the parking lot on the Hohenburg in Homburg.The Hohenburg ruin towers over the city of Homburg. You have a great view from the former castle complex. The ruin is well preserved and you can explore the former fortress via numerous stairs and rocky passages - either to get you in the right mood for your hike or to save it for the end of the tour.You leave the castle complex and start your hike on a flat route along the Schlossberg. The path leads you past Celtic cultural sites on the blunt summit. Mystical rituals and traditions are said to have been carried out here 2,000 years ago. You continue to walk through the forest and soon reach the Karlsberg pond. It is part of the former garden that belonged to Karlsberg Castle. Only the remains of the fairytale castle can still be seen, but you still get a good feeling for how magnificent the complex with the "Karlslust" landscape park was - including the bear kennel, orangery and pheasant shop.Through the forest you hike back to the Hohenburg ruins. At the end of your hike, a visit to the Schlossberg caves is worthwhile. They are among the largest sandstone caves in Europe. During a tour, you will learn everything about the man-made mine.
Look forward to seclusion, tranquility, pure nature and hiking fun over the heights of the Black Forest high forest around Weiskirchen. The 17 km long dream loop takes you on natural trails through the nature reserve Wahnbachtal and the Behlengraben. It starts at the Weiskirchen car park.The first three kilometers you hike straight uphill, so the cycle gets going. You walk through the Holzbach valley along the river of the same name and discover some interesting rock formations along the way. The path takes you a little further up through a light beech forest before you descend into the Wahnbach valley.You walk partly over wooden planks past lush ferns through the beautiful and original nature reserve. Enjoy the lush green of the plants, the wild nature and breathe in the fresh forest air. You can take a break on the banks of the Herberloch, a small lake.Along another forest stream, the path winds through the forest and finally leads you back to the hiking parking lot. In Weiskirchen you will then find several places to stop off to end your hiking day.
The Saar-Hunsrück-Steig is a long-distance hiking trail over 400 kilometers long that leads from Perl on the Moselle to Boppard. Individual stages are also ideal as day tours, for example the third stage from Mettlach to Britten. The starting point of the almost twelve-kilometer tour is in the center of Mettlach.At the beginning it is worth taking a stroll through Mettlach and looking at the sights, such as the Old Abbey or the Ziegelberg Castle. Then you leave the place and cover your first meters of altitude up to the Herrgottstein. You have a wonderful view over the Saar valley and the city.You continue walking in an open area with a beautiful view of the Saar. Then the path leads you into the dense forest until you reach the idyllic Saarhölzbach valley, the scenic highlight of the tour. You walk past numerous ponds and hike deeper and deeper into the narrowing valley. The landscape is becoming wild and original. Enjoy the beautiful nature and tranquility before you finally climb out of the valley and stand in the open field. Now it is not far to your stage destination Britten.From Britten you can get back to Mettlach by public transport. To do this, take bus 224 to Merzig and get on the train around Koblenz. Unless you got a taste and follow the Saar-Hunsrück-Steig a little longer.
How about some pilgrim feeling? On this hike from Hornbach Monastery to Medelsheim, you follow the southern route of the Jakobsweg through the Saarland for almost 15 kilometers - it doesn't always have to be the great pilgrimage to Spain. To get in the right mood for the tour, you can draw peace and strength in the Hornbach Monastery, the starting point of the hike.In a relaxed up and down you run through open fields, sometimes through a shady section of forest. You usually have a beautiful view of the Saarland and can leave everyday stress behind - just as it should be for pilgrims. The entire southern route of the Jakobsweg through the Saarland is 64 kilometers long.You walk through Böckweiler, where you can take a look at the small Stephanuskirche. Then the path rises slightly and continues along the edge of the forest. On the way you have a wonderful view of the French Lorraine. Once you have arrived in Medelsheim, you can stop at the Weber restaurant to end your mini-pilgrimage.You can get back to Hornbach from Medelsheim by bus. To do this, first take line 237 to Blieskastel and then change to line 236 towards Zweibrücken.