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

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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

  • Intermediate
    03:05
    51.2 km
    16.6 km/h
    210 m
    170 m
    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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  • Expert
    03:18
    44.5 km
    13.5 km/h
    570 m
    500 m
    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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  • Expert
    03:16
    42.8 km
    13.1 km/h
    600 m
    480 m
    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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  • Expert
    04:10
    59.7 km
    14.3 km/h
    620 m
    720 m
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    Auch auf der vierten Etappe des Saarland-Radwegs wartet ein abwechslungsreiches Auf und Ab auf dich. 620 Höhenmeter gilt es zu erradeln – durchaus fordernd aber machbar, denn am Ende stehen den Anstiegen 720 Tiefenmeter entspannender Abfahrten gegenüber. Malerische Pausenstationen und immer wieder schöne Sehenswürdigkeiten sorgen dafür, dass du genug Möglichkeiten zum Durchatmen findest. Die Tour startet am idyllischen Bostalsee. Von hier aus geht es direkt hoch auf den Peterberg. Nach der Auffahrt bist du warm und kannst dich bei herrlicher Aussicht, die weit ins Land reicht, ein wenig ausruhen. Danach rollst du erstmal ein Stück entspannt bergab. Über ruhige Straßen und abgelegene Feldwege kommst du runter nach Otzenhausen, wo sich ein ausgiebiger Besuch im Keltenpark mit anschließender Pause am Nonnweiler Stausee anbietet. Nun folgst du der Straße entlang der Prims bis nach Primstal und nach Wadem. Während sich die Prims in vielen Schleifen durch ihr schönes Tal schlängelt, genießt du auf der Straße ein stetiges Gefälle, das erst endet, wenn du den Flusslauf verlässt. Wenn du das Schloss Dagstuhl sehen kannst, ist es soweit und du folgst der Straße in Richtung Wadem, Morscholz und Weiskirchen. Hier kannst du am schönen Kurparkweiher ein wenig entspannen und dir im Ort einen kleinen Imbiss gönnen.Über schöne Radwege und ruhige Nebenstraßen radelst du anschließend weiter in Richtung Etappenziel. Kurz vor Losheim am See kommst du am Bahnhof Niederlosheim vorbei. Hier lohnt ein kleiner Stopp, denn mit ein bisschen Glück kannst du hier einen Blick auf die historischen Eisenbahnen des Museums-Eisenbahn-Clubs Losheim am See werfen. Besonders schön anzusehen sind die beiden Dampfloks, mit denen du an manchen Tagen sogar eine Ausfahrt unternehmen kannst. Alternativ kannst du den Tag mit einem kleinen Spaziergang zum Stausee Losheim ausklingen lassen und den Blick auf den See sowie ein leckeres Essen im dort ansässigen Brauhaus genießen. Direkt am See befindet sich auch eine vom ADFC zertifizierte Bett+Bike-Unterkunft, sowie ein Bett+Bike-Campingplatz.Abgesehen von der historischen Bahn verkehrt von Losheim aus kein Zug. Du hast aber Anschluss über die Regiobuslinie R1 nach Merzig, von wo aus du zum Beispiel die Bahn nach Saarbrücken nehmen kannst. Ab 9 Uhr kannst du (vorausgesetzt es ist Platz), dein Fahrrad kostenlos mitnehmen, am Wochenende und an Feiertagen sogar ganztags. Früher ist die Fahrradmitnahme zum Preis eines Kindertickets möglich.

  • Expert
    03:15
    48.3 km
    14.9 km/h
    580 m
    740 m
    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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  • Expert
    04:41
    69.2 km
    14.8 km/h
    860 m
    790 m
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Von Remich aus startest du entlang der Mosel in die sechste Etappe auf dem Saarland-Radweg. Ohne jede Steigung rollst du über den malerischen Radweg und hast rund zehn Kilometer Zeit, dein entspanntes Warmup-Programm zu genießen. Wenn du den kleinen, aber aufgrund des Schengener Abkommens sehr bekannten Ort Schengen erreichst, bietet es sich an, am Europadenkmal einen Moment innezuhalten, bevor ein langer Anstieg beginnt, über den du auf den Höhenzug des Saargaus mit seinen malerischen Streuobstwiesen gelangst. Hier kannst du dich im Schatten der Bäume ausruhen und dir einen natürlichen Snack in Form von Äpfeln, Kirschen oder Pflaumen gönnen. Nun beginnt eine lange, genussvolle Passage durch Wiesen und Felder und mit einem schwungvollen Auf und Ab – wobei das „Ab“ überwiegt, sodass du entspannt das wunderschöne Niedtal erreichst. Direkt am Fluss befindet sich ein herrlich gelegenes Restaurant, in dem du dich stärken und dabei dem Rauschen des Wassers lauschen kannst.Im weiteren Verlauf radelst du immer entlang der Grenze zu Frankreich. Bei Berus erreichst du auf dem Gipfel des Linsenhübels das 16 Meter hohe Europadenkmal, von dem aus du den weiten Blick ins Saarland und bis nach Frankreich genießen kannst. Danach rollst du durch den schattigen Baruser Wald runter ins Etappenziel Überherrn, wo es ein paar Übernachtungsmöglichkeiten sowie einen Campingplatz und ein Freibad gibt. In Überherrn besteht keine Bahnverbindung.Diese Etappe verläuft überwiegend entlang der deutsch-französischen Grenze. Das Gebiet ist sehr dünn besiedelt und entlang des Radwegs gibt es kaum Übernachtungsmöglichkeiten, weshalb diese Etappe ein wenig länger ausfällt. Wenn dir die Etappe zu lang ist, kannst du in Hemmersdorf auf den Niedtal-Radweg abiegen. Über den schönen Weg gelangst du nach Siersdorf beziehungsweise Dillingen, wo es viele Unterkünfte gibt. Die Tour verkürzt sich so auf rund 50 Kilometer und du sparst einige Höhenmeter. Am nächsten Tag kannst du über den Niedtal-Radweg zurückfahren und wieder dem Saarland-Radweg folgen. Alternativ kannst du von Dillingen aus über den Saarradweg weiter nach Saarbrücken radeln.

  • Intermediate
    03:40
    49.4 km
    13.4 km/h
    430 m
    450 m
    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
    7
  • Distance
    365 km
  • Duration
    25:24 h
  • Elevation
    3,870 m

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