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Top 21 attractions to explore in Saarland

Saarland is a southwestern German state in the border of France and Luxembourg, with an area of 2,570 km2 representing 0.72% of the German landmass and a total population of 990,509. It is named after the Saar River. Saarbrücken is the state's capital, the largest and most populated city in the state. Due to the Saarland location near France, a large part of the population can speak French.

Attractions in Saarland

Basilica of St. John the Baptist, SaarbrückenKatholisches Pfarramt St. Johann 25, 66111 Saarbrücken, Germany

It is also called Saarbrücken Basilica, a catholic basilica located in St. John's market in Saarbrücken, Germany. Its temple was administered at the time of the Reformation by a noble Protestant. It was built on the chapel's site of the same name by the architect Friedrich Joachim Stengel between 1754 and 1758 and got redesigned to the original baroque between 1972 and 1975.

Benedictine Abbey Tholey e. V.Im Kloster 11, 66636 Tholey, Germany

A Benedictine monastery dedicated to Saint Maurice. It was built between 5th-6th centuries. In 1794 during the French Revolution the abbey was plundered, burnt down, and dissolved. In 1798 the remaining buildings were auctioned off. The present abbey was established by the Benedictines in 1949 and settled in 1950 by monks from St. Matthias' Abbey, Trier.

BostalseeBostalsee, 66625 Nohfelden, Germany

It is a water reservoir in the municipality of Nohfelden in the northern Saarland state. It was constructed in 1979, and its dam has a length of 500 meters. The lake is almost exclusively used for entertainment activities.

Burg DagstuhlSchloßstraße 1, 66687 Wadern, Germany

It also called Burgruine Dagstuhl or Burg Dagstuhl. It is a ruined castle on the top of a hill near Wadern town in Saarland, Germany. Knight Boemund of Saarbrücken found the castle sometime before 1290. It overlooks the newer Schloss Dagstuhl (now a computer science research center) in the valley below.

Burgruine HohenburgSchlossberg-Höhen-Straße 1, 66424 Homburg, Germany

It is also called Homburg Castle or Fortress Hohenburg, a ruined castle built around the beginning of the 13th century located in the Saarpfalz district in Saarland, Germany. It stands atop the 325 meters high Schlossberg above the Schlossberg Caves.

Franco-german gardenHirtenwies 44, 66117 Saarbrücken, Germany

This 50-hectare park provides wide choices for visitors to relax and enjoy. It has a beautiful lake, and it offers an ideal opportunity for a great walk. There is also a wide selection of cafés and restaurants in the area, offering everything from snacks, coffee, and cake to small meals and three-course dinners.

Heilig-Kreuz-Kapelle66440 Blieskastel, Germany

The Holy Cross Chapel, also known as the Gnadenkapelle is a pilgrimage place that belongs to the Blieskastel Monastery and built in 1929. Around 80,000 pilgrims visit the Chapel annually. The chapel was built as a place of veneration for a relic of the True Cross.

Hillfort of OtzenhausenTrierer Str. 5, 66620 Nonnweiler, Germany

The Celtic hill fort of Otzenhausen was one of the largest fortifications the Celts ever constructed. It is located about 695 m above sea level. The only obvious remaining things as of now are two circular earth ramparts, covered with stones.

Ludwigskirche - Evangelische Kirchengemeinde Alt-SaarbrückenAm Ludwigspl. 18, 66117 Saarbrücken, Germany

Located in Old Saarbrücken, Germany, it is a Lutheran baroque-style church built in 1775. It is the symbol of the city and one of the most important Protestant churches in the country.

Rathaus St. JohannRathauspl. 1, 66111 Saarbrücken, Germany

The former town hall of St. Johann, and today's town hall of Saarbrücken was built in an area northwest of the historic city center that developed between 1897 and 1900. It provides the venue for more than 1,000 marriages a year in a festive atmosphere.

Roman Villa BorgIm Meeswald 1, 66706 Perl, Germany

It is a reconstructed Roman villa rustica near Borg and Oberleuken villages in Perl's municipality in Saarland, Germany. Roman Villa Borg was discovered at the end of the 1800s and excavated in the late 1980s. The reconstruction of the site was began in the middle of the 1990s, and completed in late 2008.

Saarbrücken ZooGraf-Stauffenberg-Straße, 66121 Saarbrücken, Germany

This 13-hectare zoo has over 200,000 visitors annually. The zoo has over 1.700 animals from 160 species. It is the largest Zoo in Saarland and it specializes in African animals.

SaardomSaarstraße 44, 66763 Dillingen/Saar, Germany

One of the largest sacred buildings in the state of Saarland. It is the parish church of St Sacrament, and it belongs to the Roman Catholic Diocese of Trier. It was built between 1910 and 1913 in the Neo-Romanesque style. As early as the First World War in 1917, four out of five bronze bells were melted down for armament purposes. Seven years later, in 1924, four cast steel bells were replaced, which still can be heard today.

Saarland Museum, Modern GalleryBismarckstraße 11-15, 66111 Saarbrücken, Germany

An art museum in Saarbrücken, Saarland state in Germany. It is divided into three sites; the Palace Church, Old collection and Modern gallery, and each site have a different specialism.

Saarländisches StaatstheaterSchillerpl. 1, 66111 Saarbrücken, Germany

It was built in 1938 and officially called Saarländisches Staatstheater since 1971. It has several divisions and offers annually around 30 new productions and 700 events for more than 200,000 people.

SaarschleifeSaarschleife, 66693 Mettlach, Germany

It is also called the Great Bend in the Saar, a water gap made by the Saar River in a quartzite layer, and it is one of the most well-known tourist attractions of the state of Saarland.

SchlossberghöhlenSchlossberg-Höhen-Straße 1, 66424 Homburg, Germany

A red sandstone cave in Schlossberg in Homburg, the largest red sandstone caves in Europe. It is comprising twelve floors and extending across an area of 140 meters long and 60 meters wide. The temperature in the caves stays around 10-degree Celsius around the year.

Treetop path SaarschleifeCloef-Atrium, 66693 Mettlach, Germany

It is a 1,250 meter long treetop walkways in the Orscholz area in Mettlach, Germany. Built on a rocky vantage point known as the "Cloef", it has a great view to the Saarschleife water gap.

Veldenz CastleSchloßstraße 4, 66625 Nohfelden, Germany

It was built on a spur over Nohfelden village in Saarland and was first mentioned in 1285. In 1490, after the death of Duke Louis the Black, his sons Kaspar and Alexander ruled the duchy jointly for a year. Then, Alexander, had his older brother locked up in the castle, claiming that Kaspar was mad. Kaspar remained locked up in Veldenz castle until his death in 1527, even after Alexander's death. The castle was frequently damaged in the many wars of the 17th century but was always repaired.

Völklingen IronworksRathausstraße 75-79, 66333 Völklingen, Germany

This industrial landmark is located in Völklingen, Saarland, and was declared by UNESCO as a World Heritage site in 1994. It was planned as a steelworks and built between 1873 and 1881 by Julius Buch and closed in 1986. It is one of the anchor points in the European Route of Industrial Heritage.

Wolf Park Werner FreundWaldstraße 204, 66663 Merzig, Germany

The wolf park is located in a small forest on over 25 acres. Werner Freund, a researcher who devoted his entire life to studying wolves raises packs of wolfs in the park. The park has grey wolves of Europe, and white wolves of Alaska, Indian wolves and Siberian wolves.

Map of attractions in Saarland