Small country, big tour — 7 stages on the Saarland Cycle Path


Small country, big tour — 7 stages on the Saarland Cycle Path

Bike Touring Collection by Saarland-Radweg

Idyllic vineyards, spectacular views, flat river valleys and mountainous forests — with the Saarland cycle path we present you the small federal state on a large, varied round tour in seven stages. You will discover the beautiful UNESCO Biosphere Reserve Bliesgau, cycle through the Saar-Hunsrück Nature Park past the picturesque Bostal Lake and make a detour to neighbouring Lorraine and Saargemünd in the Franco-German border region. Follow the traces of the Romans, immerse yourself in the history of the ceramics industry and be impressed by the gigantic remains of the iron production of the UNESCO World Heritage Site Völklinger Hütte.

The Saarland Cycle Route is a really beautiful discovery tour and was not awarded four stars by the ADFC as a quality cycle route for nothing. You cycle through beautiful nature and always experience a characteristic of the Saarland: it is hilly. For experienced cyclists it's more of a side note, but occasional cyclists will be challenged by a hill or two. If you are not used to long climbs, it is best to plan enough time and take a break from time to time. Beautiful vantage points or cosy rest stops are enough for you to rest and recharge your batteries at any time.

Since the Saarland cycle path is a round trip, you can board wherever you like. If you want to travel by train, there is a good starting point with good rail connections. That's why we recommend Saarbrücken and St. Wendel as the starting points - Mettlach, Homburg and Perl are also well connected to the railway network. All other stages can also be reached by public transport, so that you are flexible in the event of a change in the weather or a change in plan. However, the connection is not always perfect and sometimes you have to travel a bit by bus. You will find various types of accommodation in all the stages, some even ADFC-certified Bett+Bike establishments, which are particularly well prepared for cycling guests.

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The Stages Of The Saarland Cycle Path

    31.8 mi
    10.3 mph
    675 ft
    575 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The first leg of the Saarland cycle path starts in the state capital of Saarbrücken. Saarbrücken is rich in cultural highlights and sights, so it's well worth planning some time in advance. Maybe you want to visit the theater on the evening before the tour or check out the Saarbrücken Castle and the picturesque city center with its historic buildings, the beautiful market and the many small shops and restaurants before you pedal.The first stage of the tour is marked by the German-French border area and the rivers Saar and Blies, whose course you follow mostly. You can look forward to a relaxing ride through the beautiful river meadows, which will entice you with great scenery and a fairly flat course. Sarreguemines offers a first stop. The beautiful city on the Saar with its great Art Nouveau buildings is definitely worth a visit.It becomes particularly idyllic in the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve Bliesgau, which you will pass on the way to the stage destination Blieskastel. Here you cycle for long stretches on a Bahntrassenradweg, far from the traffic in the midst of beautiful nature, where storks feel particularly well. Maybe you discover one of the stork nests and stop to watch Master Adebar for a while.In the beautiful old town of Blieskastel you can treat yourself to a delicious ice cream or a rich dinner on the market square, before you rest in one of the numerous accommodations (one of which is even awarded the ADFC seal "bed + bike").Both Saarbrücken and Blieskastel (station Blieskastel Lautzenkirchen) have a rail connection and are easily accessible, so you relaxed to the starting point to Saarbrücken come and the tour can also drive individually.

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    27.7 mi
    8.4 mph
    1,875 ft
    1,650 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Stage 2 on the Saarland Cycle Path starts without any noticeable gradients along the Blies, which winds its way happily through the valley and offers a nice home to one or the other stork family. You cycle mostly on a quiet bike path without any traffic and enjoy the river idyll.Schwarzenacker offers a longer break. In the Roman Museum, you will learn a lot about the past of the region where the Romans once lived. In a reconstructed Roman settlement, many hands-on activities await you, giving you a great idea of ​​what life was like here about 2,000 years ago.Through the forest of Jägersburg you now cycle to the northwest and reach the castle pond, where you can relax and strengthen yourself in one of the rest stops. Rest a while, because a little challenge awaits you afterwards. The route now leads to the Höcherberg, which, at 517 meters, represents the highest point of the Saarpfalz. When you get to the top, you deserve a break in the restaurant that awaits you at the summit. After you have recovered a little, it is worth climbing the lookout tower, which gives you a fantastic view of the Saarland.Then you can look forward to a great descent that brings you closer to the stage goal. For that you leave at the end (at Werschweiler) briefly the official course of the Saarland cycle path. Because in the wonderfully quiet environment, it is difficult to find accommodation. That's why we have a trip to St. Wendel built into the tour. St. Wendel is worth a visit anyway and here you will find plenty of accommodation including a bed + bike hotel, which is located in the immediate vicinity of the Schlossplatz worth seeing.From the train station in St. Wendel there are regional trains, with which you can travel fast and without changing trains to, for example, Saarbrücken.

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  • Difficult
    26.6 mi
    8.1 mph
    1,975 ft
    1,575 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    On the way from St. Wendel to Bostalsee a varied up and down awaits you, which offers a few quite demanding climbs. The beautiful landscape of the Saar-Hunsrück nature park, however, weighs in on all efforts and offers beautiful opportunities for rest along the way. Take a break more often, sit on a bench and let your eyes wander - then it's only half as exhausting.From the start of the third stage in St. Wendel you first cycle a few kilometers out of town, until you are back on the official Saarland cycle path. St. Wendel is easily accessible and offers many accommodations, which is why we have chosen the beautiful city as the starting point for today's stage. After leaving a few sleepy villages behind you, a real highlight awaits you in Oberkirchen. The railways used to rattle over the impressive valley bridge, today you can enjoy a fantastic view from the railway path.Through the Saar-Hunsrück Nature Park, you now head for the idyllic stage destination, the Bostalsee. The dreamy is located in the middle of St. Wendel Land, as a popular holiday region you will still find many accommodations, such as the comfortable campsite on the lake or the Center Park on the opposite shore.Immediately at the lake there is no train station. If you want to finish your ride on the Saarland cycle path after this stage, you can take the train home in the Türkis mill, which is about six kilometers away.

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    37.1 mi
    8.9 mph
    2,025 ft
    2,375 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    Also on the fourth stage of the Saarland cycle path a varied up and down waiting for you. 620 meters in altitude you have to erradeln - quite challenging but feasible, because in the end are the climbs 720 meters of relaxing downhill opposite. Picturesque pause stations and always beautiful sights make sure that you find enough opportunities to breathe deeply.The tour starts at the idyllic Bostalsee. From here it goes directly up to the Peterberg. After the driveway, you are warm and can relax with a beautiful view that extends far into the country, a little. Then you roll down a bit relaxed downhill. On quiet roads and secluded dirt roads you come down to Otzenhausen, where a long visit to Keltenpark with a break at the Nonnweiler reservoir offers.Now you follow the road along the Prims to Primstal and to Wadem. As the prim snakes its way through its beautiful valley in many loops, you enjoy a steady slope on the road that ends only when you leave the river. If you can see the castle Dagstuhl, it is time and you follow the road towards Wadem, Morscholz and Weiskirchen. Here you can relax a bit on the beautiful Kurparkweiher and treat yourself to a snack in the village.On beautiful cycle paths and quiet side roads you then cycle towards the final destination. Shortly before Losheim am See you will pass the station Niederlosheim. Here is a small stop, because with a bit of luck, you can take a look at the historic railways of the museum railroad club Losheim am See. Especially nice to see are the two steam locomotives, with which you can even take an exit on some days. Alternatively, you can end the day with a short walk to the reservoir Losheim and enjoy the view of the lake and a delicious meal in the local brewery. Directly on the lake there is also a ADFC certified bed + bike accommodation, as well as a bed + bike campsite.Apart from the historic train runs from Losheim no train. But you have connection via the Regiobuslinie R1 to Merzig, from where you can take for example the train to Saarbrücken. From 9 o'clock you can (assuming there is space), take your bike for free, even on weekends and public holidays. It used to be possible to take bicycles with you for the price of a children's ticket.

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    30.0 mi
    9.2 mph
    1,925 ft
    2,425 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The Saarland is also on the sixth stage of the Saarland cycle path varied and hilly - so you'll be challenged today, but also regularly richly rewarded. Wonderful views and exciting sights make up for any effort.From Losheim you drive on small roads and gravel roads through a shady forest area, through which you come to Mettlach, where you meet the Saar. The entire border area from Saarland to France is known for its ceramics industry - here in Mettlach you can visit one of the most famous companies. Here is the headquarters of Villeroy and Boch and the associated experience center, where you can learn all about the company and the ceramic production in Saarland. After this history lesson, the following scenic section along the Saar is perfect for organizing your thoughts and simply enjoying nature.Downstream from Mettlach you reach the Rhineland-Palatinate border at Taben-Rodt. You leave the river and reach after a steep ascent to the border triangle Germany / France / Luxembourg with its picturesque vineyards. Once again the Romans liked it a long time ago - in Nennig you can admire the largest and best preserved Roman mosaic north of the Alps. From here it is not far to the destination Remich. Here you have the choice whether you want to spend the night on the German side, or cross the Moselle and sleep in Luxembourg. There are plenty of accommodations, including two bed + bike hotels, for which you have to cross the border.Remich itself has no train connection, if you still want to continue your journey by train, you have from Nennig from connection to Trier.

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    43.0 mi
    9.2 mph
    2,825 ft
    2,600 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    From Remich you start along the Mosel in the sixth stage on the Saarland bike path. Without any incline, you will roll over the scenic cycle path and have around ten kilometers to enjoy your relaxed warm-up program. If you reach the small town of Schengen, which is very well-known because of the Schengen Agreement, it may be worth stopping for a moment at the European Monument, before starting a long climb, which will take you to the hills of the Saargau with its picturesque orchards. Here you can rest in the shade of the trees and enjoy a natural snack in the form of apples, cherries or plums.Now begins a long, enjoyable passage through meadows and fields and with a peppy up and down - the "Ab" outweighs, so you relax the beautiful Niedtal reach. Right on the river there is a wonderfully located restaurant, where you can strengthen yourself and listen to the sound of the water.In the further course you always cycle along the border with France. At Berus, on the summit of Linsenhübel, you reach the 16 meter high Europadenkmal, from where you can enjoy the sweeping view of Saarland and France. Then you roll through the shady Baruser forest down to the stage destination Überherrn, where there are a few places to stay and a campsite and an outdoor pool. There is no rail connection in Überherrn.This stage runs mainly along the German-French border. The area is very sparsely populated and along the bike path there are hardly any accommodations, which is why this stage is a little longer. If the stage is too long for you, you can take the Niedtal bike path in Hemmersdorf. About the beautiful path you get to Siersdorf or Dillingen, where there are many accommodations. The tour is shortened to about 50 kilometers and you save some altitude. The next day you can drive back over the Niedtal-Radweg and follow the Saarland cycle path again. Alternatively you can cycle from Dillingen on the Saar cycle path to Saarbrücken.

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    30.7 mi
    8.3 mph
    1,425 ft
    1,475 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    The seventh stage of the Saarland cycle path starts in the tranquil town of Überherrn and continues to follow the course of the German-French border. Through the shaded warndtwald you cycle uphill and downhill and enjoy once again the peace and seclusion of the sparsely populated border area. Here and there a sleepy village or a beautiful vantage point invite you to take a break.Then it slowly gets livelier: You reach Völklingen, where the bike path meets the Saar again. The sight of the UNESCO World Heritage Site Völklinger Hütte is impressive. Here you can enjoy deep insights in the dark corridors of the gigantic industrial site and, at the top of the blast furnace observation deck, wide views and learn all about the eventful history of the former ironworks. From here it is not far to the destination Saarbrücken, which marks the end of our journey on the Saarland cycle path. The drive there is pure pleasure, because you cycle along a cycle path directly along the banks of the Saar.In Saarbrücken the circle closes. On seven stages you drove through the Saarland and got to know it in all its facets. Now you are back at the starting point of the tour arrived. The beautiful parks or the many cozy old town cafés of the state capital invite you to rest, and to let the last days pass in peace, before you make your way home.

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
  • Distance
    227 mi
  • Duration
    25:24 h
  • Elevation
    12,675 ft

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Small country, big tour — 7 stages on the Saarland Cycle Path