Spectacular scenery, excursions to France, hilly countryside and broad valleys are just some of what the Saarland has to offer – and one of the best ways to explore it is on the Saarland Cycle Route, rated three stars by the German Cyclists’ Federation.
Setting off from Saarbrücken, the route leads into neighbouring Lorraine and the town of Sarreguemines, along the Blies and into the Oster valley. Lake Bostalsee, a popular holiday destination, is then the perfect place to stop for a rest and Mount Petersberg with its spectacular views. Near Mettlach you’ll catch a glimpse of the famous Saar Bow. The winegrowing region in the area where Germany borders France and Luxembourg is a great place to stop for a break. After visiting the Völklingen Ironworks, you head back towards Saarbrücken. To make the tour more manageable, you can hire an electric bike from eVelo Saarland.
Terrain: the route runs through hilly stretches with occasional steep gradients. Mainly asphalt trails but also old towpaths, mostly free of traffic. Part of the route dips into France.
Scenery: densely wooded hills with meadows, river meadows and streams, Saar Bow, Lake Bostalsee, Saar-Hunsrück nature reserve and the high ridges of the Schwarzwälder Hochwald forest.