Note due to Kids tour:
The route is flat in the first half, then a bit more demanding. But the following gradients were not extreme, and if you had to push a bit, then only relatively short sections.Conclusion: From a body size that allows the switch to a 26 "bike, even for untrained people with little cycling experience.Contains a longer passage along a street.
August 17, 2020
The route contains a lot of design elements.
When I was there for the first time about 10 years ago, it was "too artificial" for me. Fortunately, there are numerous alternatives in the region, if you feel more like natural routes. If you know what you're getting into, it's ok.The area is designed for "adventure hiking" and is a great destination for children.
With numerous varied woodwork, the bunkers, picnic areas, fountains, barbecue and playground, the water treading basin, willow dome and optical telegraph, etc. everyone can find something that appeals to them.The Maldix restaurant at the start has a beer garden and a mini golf course.
Nearby is a "historical history park" (really means) with old mechanical devices for the management of the house and yard. The bunker at the start can also be visited on certain dates.If you are free in your time, you can take into account that the paths are said to be fairly crowded on Sundays and choose other days.Unfortunately we also had a bit of "bad luck with the acoustics" on Saturday: Most of the route we had some fair music in our ears, because someone from the direction of the weekend houses sounded the whole valley - maybe not deliberately, but annoying anyway. This time it was about half the distance really loud in the forest. The fact that it didn't come from the restaurant gives some hope that the high noise level is not standard.For my taste, it was a little too much for adventure tourism to be there regularly.In any case, there are some nice prospects, no question.
July 19, 2020
For a tour with smaller (or inexperienced) children, the Bucherbach castle complex is also a nice destination. You simply drive along the Köllertal cycle path, have no significant gradients to deal with and have hardly any contact with road traffic on the route.
There is a playground at the castle and an ice cream parlor opposite the castle.The Völklingen Citizens' Park (way back) also deserves a mention: at the beginning there are two obelisk-like grave or memorial stones with an unusual relief, one from 1832.
July 13, 2020
- 04:0212.5 mi3.1 mph1,300 ft1,250 ft
On the way back: a little detour to the Marylina ice cream parlor in Siersburg - both the coffee and the ice cream are recommended (and have spiced us up a bit for the last few kilometers).We were unprepared (bike tour planned, but breakdown) and spontaneously hiked.
That's why my taste is a bit too much through residential areas. Our tour and is therefore more suitable as inspiration than to follow up, because with a little preparation you can easily prettish it up a bit.
For more nature experience in the area, e.g. the Idesbach path, which we only partially hiked here.To the forest itself: dense green, partly "Man-high" fern, magnificent old beech trees - beautiful vegetation.
Incidentally, also very, very inviting trails for the MTB!
July 5, 2020
Our tour was incredibly heavy traffic for a Sunday afternoon at the start. (It was therefore difficult to dissuade a member of the group from thinking that we had been in Saarbrücken, but we were in Völklingen-Wehrden. Honor word.)
Therefore, this time a tip for the way to the start:- Coming from the towpath, the easiest way is to cross the Kaufland car park and cross the road within sight of the bike path sign. (The way can still be seen on the way back from my recording.) This saves the passage of traffic junctions.- Those arriving by train: For the connection between Völklingen train station and the starting point of the tour, it is helpful to know that pedestrians and cyclists share the sidewalk. (Once you are on the street, you can no longer easily switch to the sidewalk because of the high curb.)
On the side facing the Völklinger Hütte World Heritage Site, pedestrian and bicycle traffic is structurally separated from motorized traffic for a short distance under the bridge.
June 22, 2020
Cozy afternoon tour.
The Corona Kids tours are aimed at inexperienced cyclists and get their name because the restrictions in public life have led to outdoor activities being rediscovered by some. (Bicycling also goes live - not just on the computer, who would have thought that ;-))
We are currently still working on the flat route on the basic endurance / exercise in dealing with the bike and look at what is already possible. Nevertheless, these are primarily excursions (no "training"), but of course it is practice for more distant destinations and more varied routes.Except for the bridge between Gersweiler and Burbach, everything mainly takes place on paved bike paths and away from traffic.
We took the bridge in order to avoid having to travel the same route as little as possible on the way there and back (so that I can learn something new).
You pass a building that, according to Corona Kids, is used by the DLRG. (I didn't verify, we came over to the back. In fact, there were people on the DLRG lifeboat.)
The police, fire brigades and rescue services are of greater interest to the Corona kids than animals. After all, no rabbit / rabbit (?) And no ducklings on the roadside were harmed by us. In the culture beer garden there was a hot drink and cake (and a little protection from the rain). Nice location.On the bike paths on both banks of the Saar you can get through by bike at the moment, construction site before VK is gone. Roadworks are currently taking place at the level of Congresshalle SB to Bürgerpark (mid-June 2020), but the path is not blocked to the full width.
June 15, 2020
- 03:128.77 mi2.7 mph1,475 ft1,475 ft
This time a complete circular route and without getting lost.
If someone wants to visit the hermitage:
According to the opening times of the Klause April to October: Wednesday to Sunday and on public holidays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., last admission 3 p.m., admission prices between 1.50 and 3.50 euros.
May 31, 2020
The tour leads along flat, paved bike paths away from traffic and is, among other things. well suited to get used to cycling (yourself, children, beginners, rehab, ...).The barrage is halfway there. We could still watch a motor boat get into the underwater and leave the lock. (B. was so familiar with locks that I wondered if you had a favorite lock as well as a favorite soccer team as a child.)Then we looked to see if you REALLY couldn't get through to the construction site. [...] Conveniently, they weren't working there right now - so it went.
The path has been closed since March or longer, the diversion leads over the northern bank.From an adult perspective: Nice little tour, the path on the north bank has a lot of green on the edge of the path, and you can see many small animals, especially in the evening, e.g. Rabbits.
From a child's perspective: Tour with a beautiful construction site (civil engineering) with an excavator, generator and pump. Unfortunately there is no police boat in sight from the lock.
May 29, 2020
Comfortable bike route to the airport past the traffic, many paved paths.If you want to watch aircraft take-offs, you can find out more about the current flight schedule on flughafen-saarbruecken.de. Towards Ensheim there is a viewing platform for a good view of the runway (~ 2-3 km further).
Spontaneous visits to the airport are not possible due to the safety regulations. If you want to book a tour, you can Pre-register as an individual or as a group via the airport website (see above).Annotation:
The highlights shown are a bit misleading - some do not appear on the tour, but are at least close:
- The State Theater and the Saar meadows are on the opposite side of the Saar. (Not far from the State Theater: the Modern Gallery (Saarland Museum) with sculptures outside.)
- The route does not lead over the Daarler bridge, but only past it.
Just stubbornly straight to Güdingen bridge ...
May 28, 2020