Boundless cycling in Saarland

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Saarland

The Saarland in the border triangle between Germany, France and Luxembourg is a diversified area that you can best explore by bike. Vineyards, forests, a biosphere reserve and the Saar form beautiful natural landscapes. In between you will find cultural highlights in historic cities everywhere.

On your two wheels you can explore the Saarland ideal. We have compiled for you in this collection a colorful mix of the most beautiful bike tours in and around the state. The tours will show you the scenic diversity of the Saarland, such as rolling hills, dense forests and natural floodplain landscapes. Whether with the touring bike, the road bike or the mountain bike, you will get your money.

The challenging Saarland cycle path leads around the Saarland in several days. The multi-day Saar-Alsace tour begins in Trier and mostly follows rivers and canals across the Saarland, through Lorraine to Alsace Strasbourg. On the mill cycle path you will follow the path of ten mills in two countries. On the VeloRoute SaarLorLux you will explore all three countries in several days. In addition, we introduce you to two medium and one heavy race bike tour, one through the biosphere reserve and two in the border area with France. For the mountain bike we have chosen a medium and a challenging tour, one around St. Wendel and one around St. Ingbert.

As a border region, Saarland benefits from the different landscapes and cultures that merge into one another. During your tours, you often cross these borders without realizing it. All this makes cycling in the Saarland a boundless pleasure.

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Tours & Highlights

  • Difficult
    25:09
    224 mi
    8.9 mph
    12,450 ft
    12,450 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    The total of 360 kilometers long Saarland bike path takes you through beautiful landscapes once around the Saarland. A good starting point for the multi-day tour is the state capital of Saarbrücken.On old towpaths you drive along the Saar to Sarrguemines in Lorraine and then on a disused railway track on into the UNESCO biosphere reserve Bliesgau.On your journey, you will pass through the varied landscapes of the Saar-Hunsrück Nature Park and the ridges of the Hochwald. The 584 meter high Peterberg is the highest point of the Saarland cycle path. From him you enjoy a fabulous view.You drive through green hilly landscapes, until you reach the Saar again. A short detour to the landmark of the Saarland, the Saarschleife, is well worth it.Continue to Luxembourg, where you follow the Moselle to Schengen in the border triangle Germany France France. Back to Saarbrücken you drive along the Franco-German border and cross the Niedtal on one of the most beautiful cycling routes of the Saarland.The Saarland cycle path requires due to the hilly landscape a lot of condition. You can divide it into five to eight stages, on the way you will find enough accommodation and campsites.

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  • Difficult
    16:30
    174 mi
    10.5 mph
    3,475 ft
    3,450 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The family-friendly Saar-Alsace tour connects the cities of Trier and Strasbourg. The approximately 280-kilometer tour is half in Germany, half in Alsace, France.You start in Trier, the oldest city in Germany, followed by the Moselle and then the Saar. The Moselradweg leads you to the landmark of Saarland, the beautiful Saarschleife.Over the next few kilometers you will find several historic highlights, such as the old town of Saarlouis with the Vauban Fortress. But witnesses of recent history are also quite interesting, such as the Völklinger Hütte, which was included as an industrial monument on the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites.Shortly behind the attractive state capital Saarbrücken you cross the German-French border. You drive along the Saar Canal - past romantic locks, dreamy natural landscapes with several ponds and tranquil villages.From Sarrebourg you follow the Rhine-Marne Canal, as it meanders to Saverne through the hilly foothills of the Vosges. At the end of the tour, Strasbourg, the capital of Alsace, awaits you. It pays to plan one or the other day for the pretty old town with its many half-timbered houses and the cathedral.Overall, there are not many climbs on the Saar-Alsace tour, which is why it is also suitable for families. You can divide the tour into four to six stages and on the way you will find enough accommodation. From Strasbourg to Trier you need about two and a half to three and a half hours by train.

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  • Intermediate
    03:00
    31.6 mi
    10.5 mph
    1,025 ft
    1,025 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    On the European mill cycle path you pass ten mills in two countries in a landscape characterized by river valleys. You start your 50 km long tour in Hornbach and drive through the old town, which is known for its former monastery.Along the Schwalbach are several mills, such as the Goffingsmühle and Blumenauer mill. The small stream also marks the border between Germany and France, which you cross several times.In the Eschweiler mill (Moulin d'Eschviller) grain was previously ground and sawn wood. After severe destruction in the Second World War, it was rebuilt and now serves as a museum.After leaving the valley of the Schwalbach, you continue on a ridge with magnificent views. Past beautiful orchards you reach the valley of Bickenalb. From here you cycle through a quiet farming landscape across the border and on until shortly before Zweibrücken. The last kilometers back to Hornbach you drive on a former railway embankment.Hornbach is not connected to the railway network as the starting point and destination of the mill cycle path. If you want to arrive by train, you can drive to Zweibrücken and start the bike tour there and stop.

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  • Difficult
    29:35
    300 mi
    10.1 mph
    9,950 ft
    9,950 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    The VeloRoute SaarLorLux combines cultural highlights and scenic beauties of the border triangle Germany-France-Luxembourg on nearly 500 kilometers. You cross wonderful river landscapes and the vineyards on the Saar and Mosel and cycle through exciting cities such as Metz, Luxembourg and Trier.The starting point of the journey is Saarbrücken. The first part of the route runs through pretty little towns along the Saar. After crossing the border with France, you drive through the Lorraine forest to the Moselle and on to Metz. Via Thionville and Remich you cycle through the vineyards to the capital of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg.Through rural areas, the trail leads you to Echternach in the idyllic valley of the Sauer. You follow the border river and the Moselle to Trier, the oldest city in Germany. In Konz, the Saar flows into the Mosel and you follow the Saar upstream until you reach your starting point Saarbrücken again. Along the way you will find historic places such as Saarlouis and Völklingen as well as spectacular natural landscapes such as the Saarschleife.The tour can be well divided into seven to ten stages. Since you often follow rivers, the route is not too hilly. Only in Luxembourg you can expect some gradients.

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  • Difficult
    03:53
    54.0 mi
    13.9 mph
    2,375 ft
    2,375 ft
    Expert road ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to carry your bike.

    The Grenzland Route is a nearly 90-kilometer-long road bike round in the border area between the Saarland and Lorraine.You start the tour in Saarlouis and drive south until you cross the border to France in Creutzwald. The French roads are less busy, but the asphalt is a bit rough.In the border town of Leidingen you drive depending on the road in another country. Then follows a long slope on the Gallenberg near Gisingen, from which you can enjoy a magnificent view.It follows a longer climb to the Sauberg. Here stands since 1955 the former broadcasting hall and the radio mast "Europe 1". Then there is a great descent and up to a small slope behind Völklingen the rest of the way back to Saarlouis flat.

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  • Intermediate
    04:31
    59.7 mi
    13.2 mph
    2,300 ft
    2,300 ft
    Intermediate road ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    The Bliesgau is a beautiful landscape with rolling hills, wide orchards and is often called "Tuscany of the Saarland". In addition to various natural areas and nature reserves, the Biosphere Reserve of UNESCO is located in Bliesgau.You start the nearly 100-kilometer, medium-difficult round in Saarbrücken and drive along several rivers and streams to Blieskastel. The biosphere reserve starting there, with its well-paved roads, pleasant hills and unique nature, is considered an insider tip among racing cyclists.Trips to Lorraine and Bitscher Land give the tour even more variety. The landscape and the village pictures are constantly changing. From Sarreguemines - the pretty border town pays off for a short stop - you let the tour on the flat Saar cycle path run out. The biosphere tour ends in Saarbrücken, where you can relax in the old town or in a beer garden with a view of the Saar after the tour.

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  • Intermediate
    02:51
    21.7 mi
    7.6 mph
    1,850 ft
    1,850 ft
    Intermediate mountain bike ride. Good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary.

    The varied tour starts at Wendelinushof not far from Sankt Wendel. The first part goes downhill into the nature reserve Tiefenbachtal. On the banks of the renatured Easter you will experience a special flora and fauna and with a little luck you will also see a kingfisher.In Saal begins the first crisp climb on a paved road. Then you drive on a single trail to Entenweiher. It is worth taking a short break at this idyllic waters.The next few kilometers you drive through Rhineland-Palatinate and along the way there are several streams and waters. On a pond just before Easter bridges is a worth seeing nature and bird trail.After Easter bridges and Hoof you still overcome some hills, from which you can enjoy a wonderful view. Finally, a nice descent through the forest, until you reach the Wendelinushof again.

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  • Difficult
    04:46
    32.0 mi
    6.7 mph
    3,075 ft
    3,075 ft
    Expert mountain bike ride. Very good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary. Some portions of the Tour may require you to carry your bike.

    The pure makes your MTB heart beat faster. Over 80 percent singletrack, challenging climbs and steep descents are a great challenge to your technique and endurance. Thanks to the substrate made of red sandstone, the water runs great even after heavy rainy days.The Pur is the name of two expertly prepared MTB routes near the most densely wooded city of the Saarland St. Ingbert. Here we present you the variant "Around St. Ingbert".You start at the parking lot at the motorway exit St. Ingbert West. At around 50 kilometers, you will circle around the city, which has been populated since the Neolithic period. You drive almost exclusively through the forest and again through nature reserves and rippling streams along.For a stop in between, you can easily make a little detour into the city or you'll let it go well in the Pfalzsternhütte.

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  • Intermediate
    03:58
    55.4 mi
    14.0 mph
    2,575 ft
    2,550 ft
    Intermediate road ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    The nearly 90-kilometer, medium-weight road bike round begins in Blieskastel, in the heart of Bliesgau. Shortly after Zweibrücken - here you can start alternatively, if you want to arrive by train - you reach the valley of the Hornbach. You follow the countless meanders to France to the crooked Alsace.The northwestern corner of Alsace probably takes its name from the humpbacked border. It also hunts behind Bitche, which is worth a stop due to the mighty citadel. After a few climbs and descents in an idyllic hilly landscape characterized by agriculture and mills, you reach Blieskastel again.

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    9
  • Distance
    952 mi
  • Duration
    94:14 h
  • Elevation
    39,075 ft

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