Designated as a four-star premium route by the German Cyclists’ Federation, this family-oriented cycling tour doesn’t disappoint. Its level cycle paths follow the Saar river from the French border to Konz, where the river flows into the Moselle.
Your journey starts in Sarreguemines in France, and takes you to Saarbrücken old town – perfect for a rest stop. Völklingen Ironworks offers an insight into 20th century iron and steel production. A few hundred years earlier, France’s Sun King Louis XIV was here, founding Saarlouis as a fortified stronghold with a hexagonal layout. Next stop is Merzig, home to a park and research centre for wolves and the Garden of the Senses. It’s not long then before the river doubles back on itself to form a bow-like loop. In Mettlach you can find out all about how porcelain is made, before continuing to Konz where the Saar meets the Moselle.
Terrain: an international long-distance cycle route running predominantly on asphalt paths, farm tracks and old towpaths over mainly level terrain. Also suitable for trailers from Thionville (France) onwards.
Scenery: the Moselle countryside is characterised by the river’s many twists and turns, its steep valleys and its terraced vineyards. The cycle paths run between the banks of the river and the vineyards and pass through winemaking villages.