Roaming through a magical jungle with diverse plant life; exploring a prehistoric fortification surrounded by untouched nature; discovering lonely places that are slowly being reclaimed by Mother Earth. If you like exploring wild and abandoned places on foot, then consider planning your next hiking trip in Saarland. This small state in the west of Germany has countless special places – you just have to find them.
To guide you to these hidden corners, we’ve put together this Collection for you. These hikes take you through overgrown landscapes, beautiful forests and natural wonders. Here, mass tourism is a distant reality – it will just be you, your hiking equipment and the wilderness. Every now and again, you find an idyllic place for a pitstop on the banks of a lake or with a view over the landscape, where you can tuck in the picnic you brought with you.
Although the hikes are different lengths and difficulty levels, they are all designed as day trips. Some of them are also suitable for families. They are also easy to reach without spending a whole day in the car. The best bit? Each and every hike takes you out of everyday life and immerses you in Saarland’s fantastic nature. Enjoy!
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.
Off to the (primeval) forest! Wild nature and a romantic pond await you on the wild Netzbach path. The almost nine-kilometer hike is varied fun for the whole family. You hike through the marshy landscape in the Netzbach valley and experience a wonderful forest that presents itself in very different colors depending on the season. The adventurous circular hike starts at the Forsthaus Neuhaus.You run through the green heart of the Saar coal forest, a primeval forest at the gates of the state capital. Here, nature has been able to develop freely for 20 years without people getting involved. The landscape is dominated by uprooted trees, swampy swamps, idiosyncratic streams and small forest lakes. So it may well be that you have to climb over a fallen tree every now and then. But something like that is part of a hike through the jungle and makes the tour all the more exciting.
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The Itzenplitzer Pingen path is a relaxed circular hike, where you can learn something about the history of mining in the region. The starting point of the eight-kilometer circuit is at the Itzenplitzer Weiher hiking car park. Right at the beginning you hike into the dense forest and follow the path in a gentle up and down under the shady trees.After a few kilometers you will reach the Altsteigershaus restaurant, where you can take a break in the beer garden. Then it continues through the forest and past some wooden and later rusty miner figures. The landscape between the former Reden and Itzenplitz mines aroused people's curiosity more than 300 years ago about the origin of the black “burning stones” discovered here.Shortly before the end of the round you reach the Itzenplitzer pond with its pump house. There are some nice places to relax on the shore, there are several restaurants in the village.
The Blies marks the border between Germany and France at Bliesgersweiler before it flows into the Saar a little later. On this 15-kilometer hike you will accompany the Blies along the border for a while. You hike on the shady edge of the forest and through the green floodplain.Then you leave the river bank and dive into the Bliesgau Biosphere Reserve. The landscape becomes even greener and more blooming on your way past pastures and meadows. In a varied up and down it continues on sun-drenched heights and on wild hiking trails. You always have wonderful views of the Vosges.How about completing your hike with a little detour to the French side of the border? If you ever have the opportunity for a coffee break in France ...
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.
Look forward to this 14 km long dream loop on orchards, wonderful views, limitless silence and narrow trails through the Oppig-Grät gorge. The circular walk starts at the village square in Rimlingen near Losheim am See. You leave the village, hike along the Bormigbach and climb the ascent to the Donatus chapel. From here you have a wonderful view of Losheim am See and the surrounding area.The highlight of the tour is the section through the Oppig-Grät. The gorge is almost reminiscent of a tropical rainforest, rare horsetail trees and intricate European lianas grow everywhere. On narrow hiking trails you walk through this unique landscape before you climb out of the gorge and hike back to the starting point.
On the seven kilometer long Steinbach path you hike through the unspoilt forests of the mysterious Kerbach gorge and get to know the original floodplain landscape of the Oster. In addition, you can enjoy a fantastic panoramic view from the observation tower at the Betzelhübel. The hike starts at the sports field in Steinbach.There are only a few gentle climbs in front of you along the varied route, so the circuit is also very suitable for children. Crossing the waterfall makes the tour special hiking fun for the kids. You will also pass the leisure area Hiemes, where the little hikers can let off steam.
On the eight-kilometer-long Cloef path you can look forward to the most beautiful view the Saarland has to offer: The panorama from the Cloef viewpoint over the Saar loop is simply wonderful! The circular hike starts at the Cloef atrium in Mettlach.At the beginning of the tour you hike down to the banks of the Saar and already enjoy the first great views of the Saar Valley on the way. After you have walked a part of the Saar loop along the water, you go uphill again to the treetop path. The ascent is worthwhile: from the 42-meter-high platform you have a fantastic panoramic view of the landscape of the Saar-Hunsrück Nature Park, the Saar Loop and all the way to France.
On this twelve kilometer long dream loop around the Dollberg you travel back in time to the Celts, charcoal burners and hut workers. Along the way you will discover all kinds of historical relics, such as one of the largest Celtic fortifications in Europe. It starts at the Köhlerhütte in Neuhütten.At the beginning it goes downhill to the banks of the Nonnweiler reservoir. The dam is the largest drinking water reservoir in Saarland and Rhineland-Palatinate - and a nice place for a first break. We continue to the celtic village of Otzenhausen. In the open-air museum you can find out how the Celts once lived and lived. The next highlight is not long in coming: soon you will recognize the foothills of the Fliehburg. The ring wall of the former defense system measures an average width of 40 meters and is one of the most impressive early-fortifications in Europe.The path leads you further and further up the Dollberg and offers you wonderful views of the Saarland and Rhineland-Palatinate.
Feel like the king (or queen) of the world - you can do that on the Berghalde Duhamel near Ensdorf. With a footprint of almost 50 hectares and a height of 150 meters, it is one of the largest of its kind, is a popular starting point for paragliders and has a very special surprise for its visitors on its “top”.There are several ways to the heap. Yours starts at the gates of the sports center in Ensdorf. From here, signs lead to the mountain pile. You can hike up either clockwise or counterclockwise. On the way you will meet beautiful viewpoints and even a place where the famous Ensdorfer sunbed is grown.As soon as you reach the highest point of the tour, the surprise mentioned at the beginning opens up before you: The impressive, 30-meter-high Saar polygon was built to commemorate the coal industry. The idea to symbolize the change in the region has clearly succeeded, because depending on where you look at the monument, it always looks different. And best of all: you can also walk on it and enjoy an amazing view from above. Then the signposted path leads you back to the starting point.