Saarland State Attractions
Saarland located along the western border, is Germany's smallest state.
The river Saar (French Sarre), known to the Romans as the Saravus, is formed by the junction of the Sarre Blanche and the Sarre Rouge, which both rise on Mt Donon in the Vosges (France), and flows into the Mosel at Konz. Between Sarreguemines (Saargemünd) and Saarbrücken it forms the frontier between Germany (Saarland) and France (Lorraine).In the wide upper valley of the Saar are a number of industrial towns - Saarbrücken, Völklingen, Saarlouis and Dillingen.At Merzig, where the river is bordered by rich orchards, the valley narrows.
Ceramics Museum, Mettlach
At Mettlach (ceramic industry; Ceramic Museum in Schloss Ziegelberg; 18th C. Benedictine abbey) is a large bend in the Saar, surrounded by forest. The best views of the bend are to be had from the Cloef viewpoint and the ruined castle of Montclair.Beyond Mettlach the river pursues a winding course through the hills.
Perl - Roman Mosaic Floor
The Roman Mosaic Floor in Perl was once the centrepiece of the reception hall of a large Roman villa. The floor consists of over 3 million pieces and shows scenes from the Roman amphitheatre. This is the largest and best preserved Roman mosaic floors north of the Alps.
Saarburg is located in the Saar Valley. Above the town are the remains of an old castle of the Electors of Trier. In the center of the town is a 20m/65ft high waterfall on the Leukbach, which flows into the Saar here.Downstream from Saarburg are a series of picturesque little towns - Ockfen, Schoden, Wiltingen, Kanzem, Filzen, Könen. At Konz the Saar joins the Mosel.
The Saarland Trail (Saarland-Rundwanderweg) is a continuous waymarked trail (273km/170mi) with loops into the Moselgau to the northwest (41km/25mi) and the Bliesgau in the southeast (60km/37mi).
Saar Mining Museum, Bexbach
The Mining Museum in the town of Bexbach has displays covering the history of mining in the Saar region. A visit to the museum includes a visit to an underground mine.
Perl - Borg Roman Villa
The Borg Roman Villa is the excavated remains of a Gallo-Roman country villa. You will get a glimpse at life during the period from the reconstructed baths and by sampling Roman recipes in the tavern.
Saarland - Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy Festival
This annual month-long festival takes place in June in the 12 towns throughout Saarland. The festival includes at least 20 performances every year, including symphonic, choral and chamber concerts and vocal and piano recitals based on the music of Mendelssohn and his sister Fanny. Lectures on the Mendelssohn siblings are also organized as part of the festival.