6 days full of culture and pleasure! This trip takes you from Saarbrücken via Saarlouis and the wine-growing community of Perl to the border triangle. On the way, highlights of Saarland culture await you: for example, the old town of Saarbrücken, the UNESCO World Heritage Site Völklinger Hütte and perhaps Germany's most famous river loop. Don't worry, with so much culture, there's no shortage of enjoyment! Are you ready? The Saarland can't wait to inspire you!

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Day 1: Hello Saarbrücken!

Saarbrücken is a city with many faces
Saarbrücken is a city with many faces © S. Bernarding

Arrive first: Welcome to the Hotel Am Triller! The location and the fantastic view from the hotel could tempt you to just stay here. But wait: there is a multifaceted city waiting to be discovered just outside the doors! So swap your luggage for a light backpack and plunge into the hustle and bustle of Saarbrücken. The Saarbrücken Castle and the Saar Historical Museum, which has a surprise in store for you, await you right outside the hotel: You can descend into the underground Saarbrücken castle complex from the Middle Ages and Renaissance - 14 meters below the castle square!

Continue with a "jump across the Saar, then you will find yourself in the old town. At the St. Johanner Markt you will find countless bars and cafés that invite you to take a break. For example, the ice cream from Henry's Eismanufaktur is highly recommended.

Speaking of food: If you want to get even more culinary insider tips and feast your way through the city, we recommend the "Eat the World" tours. In the approx. three-hour tours, you will get to know the city from its "most delicious" sides alongside local guides.

Or you can explore the city as part of the moonlight tour for gourmets: This tour includes an evening guided tour of Saarbrücken and a visit to the Historical Museum. Afterwards, a surprise menu prepared especially for you awaits you with selected regional premium wines and a cozy end to the evening. (Costs and dates here).

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Day 2: Saarbrücken, City of Modern Art and Manufactures

The Saar: it shapes, divides and unites the city of Saarbrücken
The Saar: it shapes, divides and unites the city of Saarbrücken © Kevin Ehm

The second day of the trip is once again completely under the sign of the state capital. But of course, it really starts after a hearty breakfast at the hotel!

Who with open eyes walking through Saarbrücken, you will discover a lot of small individual manufactories and gourmet craftsmen. Sometimes it is simply the irresistible scent of warm baked goods or freshly roasted coffee beans that point the way to the next highlight... Our recommendation: Just let yourself drift and enjoy! Just a few meters from the Hotel Am Triller, for example, there is the extraordinary Rimoco spice manufactory: over 160 hand-mixed spices and spice blends from all over the world are available here. The Nauwieser Viertel is worth a detour: Here it is creative and relaxed, between natural food stores and second-hand stores, art and antique stores, many a new favorite store is hidden.

For the afternoon we recommend a visit to the Modern Gallery, which presents changing exhibitions of art from the 19th century to the present. The cultural enjoyment begins right outside the door with a view of the listed museum building designed by architect Hanns Schönecker. Inside, one of the most important collections of German Im- and Expressionism awaits you with works by Max Liebermann and Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, among others. You can also marvel at the world-famous "Blaue Pferdchen" by Franz Marc. The spacious sculpture garden is well worth a visit. If you are in the mood for outdoor art, you can take the Urban Artwalk in Saarbrücken's city center. 15 renowned artists created 13 large-scale and magnificent works of art here in 2017. The day ends with an atmospheric dinner in the old town of Saarbrücken.

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Day 3: World culture & savoir-vivre

Pure fascination: The Völklingen Ironworks is an impressive testimony to industrialization
Pure fascination: The Völklingen Ironworks is an impressive testimony to industrialization © Kevin Ehm

In the morning of the third day a cultural highlight is on the agenda: The World Cultural Heritage Site at the Völklingen Ironworks is the world's only ironworks from the heyday of industrialization that has been completely preserved. It is one of the most unusual UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and its fascinating effect is hard to resist. On site, you have the choice between the approximately three-hour circular route and a targeted visit to individual highlights, such as the multimedia "ScienceCenter Ferrodrom®" or the extraordinary urban art landscape garden "Paradise," in which nature has reclaimed parts of the industrial plant.

After so much industrial culture it's time for some French lifestyle: Next stop Saarlouis! The "secret capital" of the Saarland will enchant you. The roots of the city, founded in 1680 by King Louis XIV as a defense bastion, are still recognizable today; in addition, there is a large portion of contemporary joie de vivre and creativity. If you have tired feet, it is best to sit down in one of the many cafés in the old town and enjoy the relaxed atmosphere. Back in Saarbrücken, relaxation and enjoyment await you in the evening at the Hotel Am Triller with a 4-course gourmet menu.

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Day 4: Famous river & wine enjoyment

Romantic atmosphere above the Saar Loop in the morning, which you can experience best from the viewpoint Cloef © Eike Dubois

One last time the breakfast at the Hotel Am Triller - then you're off to what is perhaps Germany's most famous river loop: the view of the Saar Loop near Mettlach is one of those nature experiences you'll never forget. A sensational view is offered to you, for example, from the 42 meter high observation tower of the tree top walk. Or on the "Traumschleifchen Weitblick", a premium walking trail around the lookout point Cloef, which can be completed in about an hour and without much effort.

The afternoon is then A visit to the Villeroy & Boch Old Abbey Experience Center will give you a whole new perspective on how the world-famous company has shaped and enriched the everyday lives and quality of life of many generations. You should definitely take a look at the "historic milk store": It is decorated from floor to ceiling with an incredible 15,000 handmade tiles. When the weather is nice, the Abbey Park attracts visitors with its historic buildings and interesting works of art. Pssst, there's also an outlet here with unbeatable deals on china, crystal, cutlery and accessories!

In the evening you check in at the hotel in Perl and can review the experiences of the day with a regional 4-course menu including an aperitif and wine accompaniment.

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Day 5: Ancient Rome meets modern Europe

The completely reconstructed villa complex bears witness to everyday life in antiquity
The completely reconstructed villa complex bears witness to everyday life in antiquity © Manuela Meyer

Two outstanding Cultural sights from the time of ancient Rome are offered to you by the Moselle community Perl: The Roman Villa Nennig is famous for its magnificent mosaic floor: 3 million little stones on 160 square meters and an impressive wealth of detail, you should have seen! The Villa Borg is the only completely reconstructed domain of an ancient villa complex and the ideal backdrop to get a feel for the everyday life of Rome. Even in Italy there is nothing comparable. If you wish, you can have lunch here in the taverna with original Roman dishes.

For the afternoon a trip to Schengen is a good idea: Here in the border triangle, the roots of modern Europe are almost tangible. A fascinating contrast to the ancient insights in the morning! Charming views of the Moselle valley round off the cultural experience.

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Day 6: Goodbye!

On the last day of your trip you will have another generous breakfast at the hotel before you set off on your journey home, well fortified and full of impressions.

Your trip at a glance
These services are included:
3 x nights in Hotel Am Triller incl. breakfast
1 x Saarland 4-course menu in Triller's dining room
1 x dinner in the old town of Saarbrücken
2 x overnight stays in a hotel in Perl (Wein Erlebnis Hotel Maimühle or Landgasthaus Sonnenhof depending on availability)
1 x regional 4-course menu incl. wine accompaniment & mineral water

Price per person
in double room 489,-€
Single room on request

In both hotels you will receive the Saarland Card in addition to the hotel services. With the Saarland Card, you can travel free of charge by bus and train throughout Saarland and have free admission to..:
UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site Völklingen Ironworks
Modern Gallery Saarbrücken
Historical Museum Saar
Villeroy & Boch Experience Center
Roman Villa Borg
Roman villa Nennig

Cover photo: Small country, great culture: Saarland attracts visitors with a variety of cultural sites and experiences © Josef Bonenberger

In collaboration with Saarland Tourist Board

A third of our smallest federal state is covered in fragrant forests, so it's clear that hikers and other nature lovers rejoice here. Certainly also at the sight of the Saar Loop, with which the river makes an elegant U-turn at Mettlach and is a bestseller on Instagram. The fact that savoir vivre plays a leading role alongside lots of sun and culture has also been noticed by Michelin testers - their starry skies sparkle over seven restaurants here. Our tips for your Vacation in Saarland.

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