Victor's Residenz-Hotel Saarbrücken
The Victor's Residenz Hotel is located wonderfully right next to the extensive German- French garden. You stay in superior double rooms (approx. 28 sqm) in a quiet location on the park side. The 4-star superior hotel offers real specialties of German- French cuisine in the in-house restaurant and, when the weather is nice,
pampers you on the sun-drenched terrace with a fantastic view. You can relax in the wellness area and - at the end of the day - toast in style in VICTOR'S BAR or in the elegant Salon Rouge.
Look forward to Saarbrücken with its Franco-German charm, the popular St. Johanner Markt district with its pubs, bistros and restaurants and historical treasures such as Saarbrücken castle and Ludwigs church. Arrival by car or train is possible. Regardless of how you arrive, the rental bike you booked will be ready for you at the hotel just waiting to show you around the beautiful Saarland.
You can start your journey of discovery comfortably because you take the train to Blieskastel (approx. 30 minutes) and into the heart of the Bliesgau biosphere reserve. You continue per bike on signposted cycle paths through the slightly hilly landscape. Enjoy lovely meadows, orchards with gnarled apple- and plum trees and wide beech forests. The small river Blies is winding its way through this unique nature and brings you to the European cultural park Bliesbruck- Reinheim. Since 1987 the remains of a villa from Roman times are being excavated here, which with its 70,000 m² is one of the largest of its kind in the Saar-Mosel region. The archeology park lies on the border between France and Germany. On the German side you can discover the remains of the Roman villa, the more than 2000-year-old grave of a princess from the Celtic era and the Schaub Museum with finds from the surrounding area. The French side presents a Gallo-Roman small town, which at that time offered space for approx. 2000 people, a thermal bath and the exhibition center. Treat yourself to a snack at the Roman tavern before you continue on the cycle paths along the Blies to stop shortly before Sarreguemines (France). Here you will meet the still small Saar, which will take you back to Saarbrücken on the beautiful Saar cycle path. If you want, you can also take the train from Sarreguemines (40 km) or take a short bike ride through the city center in Saarbrücken (61 km).
Today you can expect a completely different experience. You cycle up and down along the Bur stream and its forest pond through vast forests right into the former coal mining area of the Saar. In many small towns you can still find witnesses to this past. Look forward to the highlight of the day in Völklingen. Here a visit to the UNESCO world cultural heritage Völklinger Hütte is a must-do (included)! A visit to the Völklinger Hütte is like an adventure: you go deep into the dark corridors of the Möllerhalle and climb high up to the observation deck at the blast furnace. You can plan a lot of time for this visit, because afterwards you follow the flat Saar cycle path back to Saarbrücken (12 km) or you can take a train back from Völklingen (direct journey, 15 minutes).
A slight ascent on a beautiful forest path brings you to the German- French border. Today you cycle in France, sometimes in Germany and you will notice the differences in many little things. Make a stop at the Parc Explor Wendel. The Wendel colliery on the French side was built in 1862 and is now closed. Visit the imposing colliery individually or join a guided tour. If you choose to do so, you’ll drive more than 1200 meters down in an old mine cage like the miners used to do and discover the coal mining sites with their amazing angles of inclination. Then you continue your journey through the old miners' settlement of Petite Rosselle. A winding cycle path along the Rossel river brings you back to the Saar near Völklingen. From now on you will stay in Germany. Follow the Saar cycle path to Saarlouis and admire the historic ramparts of the former fortress town. In 1680, Saarlouis was founded by King Louis XIV and further developed by its builder Vauban as the foremost northern defensive bastion of the Kingdom of France. Today the remains are cleverly integrated into the cityscape. In the casemates you will find modern cafés and restaurants. Then enjoy another 12 km on the flat Saar cycle path before you take the train back to Saarbrücken in Beckingen (direct journey, 30 minutes).
Today you take a train to Mettlach in just 35 minutes, where the Villeroy & Boch adventure center beckons. But the impressive Saarschleife (Saar River bend) is even more attractive. The bike path runs very close to the river. Swap your bike for hiking boots and walk up to the 'Cloef' viewpoint. Only 30 minutes and the view of the Saar River bend is simply breathtaking! The treetop path, from which you can enjoy spectacular views, is also worthwhile. Then continue the Saar cycle path via Merzig to Saarfels, where the small stream Nied flows into the Saar. From here you can go on a wonderful round trip through the Nied valley. You cycle on small paths through wide orchards, sometimes very close, sometimes winding along the course of the Nied stream to the Wackenmühle, an old mill which invites you to dream in an idyllic forest location. Stop and enjoy the Wackenmühle's sun terrace and beer garden before you cycle back to the Saar cycle path on the other side of the Nied. Now it is only 3 km to the train station in Beckingen, where you can return to Saarbrücken by train.
Take the train to Homburg (25 minutes), where your Roman and nature discovery tour starts. You cycle on beautiful, well-paved bike paths along the Erbach stream to Schwarzenacker. Visit the interesting Roman Museum, an archaeological open-air museum with a beautifully landscaped baroque garden. Wander through excavated floor plans of ancient Roman buildings, streets and canals. Marvel at the rebuilt Roman buildings with wall paintings and underfloor heating, a temple replica and many replicas of columns and statues. Then you will meet “an old friend” by bike, the Blies, which you follow for 7 km before the cycle paths along the Würzbach show you the way. Take a break at the Würzbach pond, where the café and beer garden beckon. The Frohnsbachtal, Geißbachtal and Glashüttental with their ponds lead you to St. Ingbert, the fifth largest city in Saarland with around 37,000 inhabitants. Then you continue back to Saarbrücken on the best paved bike paths through the Gumbach Valley. Take a well-deserved break at the idyllic market square of St. Arnual, the oldest part of Saarbrücken. Marvel at the collegiate church of St. Arnual, a Gothic three-aisled basilica that was built around 1390, before cycling the last few kilometers along the tobacco mill and through the Franco-German Garden back to the hotel.
After breakfast, your eventful bike tour ends in the hotel. If you want, you can stay longer to discover even more of the Saarland.
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- All train journeys including bike transport and free choice of train (Saarbrücken-Blieskastel, Beckingen-Saarbrücken (2 x), Saarbrücken-Mettlach, Saarbrücken-Homburg / Saar and Völklingen-Saarbrücken (optional)
- Visit to the European cultural park in Bliesbruck-Reinheim
- Entry to the Völklinger Hütte UNESCO World Heritage Site
- Entry to Parc Explor Wendel
- Visit to the Villeroy & Boch Old Abbey Adventure Center (due to construction works closed until autumn 2023)
- Entry to the Roman Museum Schwarzenacker
- City tour Saarbrücken
Below you will find specific information about the radial bike trip to Saarbrücken. If you have further questions about this trip, you simply call us: Phone: 06421 – 886890.
Arrival by train
Saarbrücken can be easily reached by train from all major cities in Germany. The best way to get to our partner hotels is a short taxi ride from the train station.
You can find information on timetables and prices at:
Parking at the hotel
The Victor's Residenz-Hotel Saarbrücken offers good parking options. 70 outdoor parking spaces are available free of charge. Underground parking is available for approx. 9,00 € per day (2023). You will receive detailed information about the parking options with the detailed travel documents approx. 2 weeks before the start of the journey.
Condition of the cycle paths
On this very diverse tour you cycle on the flat Saar cycle path between Mettlach in the north and Saargemünd in the south and in the hilly outback on cycle paths, wide forest paths and, to a small extent, on quiet asphalt roads and farm roads. In Saarbrücken, short sections of traffic cannot be avoided. The nature of the selected paths is very different, of course the Saar cycle path is very well paved and many of the designated cycle paths in the outback are of good quality. A few forest path passages with bumpy ground are also planned and complement the variety of paths. There are two largely flat day tours with no significant inclines and three hilly day tours, each with a longer inclines. With e-bikes, of course, all stages can be mastered without difficulty ...
Available rental bikes
If you would like a rental bike for the tour, we will bring it to your starting hotel and of course pick it up at your destination. You can choose from unisex and men's bikes with either 7-speed gear hub and coaster brake or 27-speed derailleur and freewheel. All unisex bikes have a deep step-through and men's bikes are available in different frame sizes. Our unisex bikes are suitable for all persons from 150 cm in height and the men's bikes from 165 cm. 8-speed unisex e-bikes are also available on request. Simply state your bike requirements when booking.
You have the choice: Combine one of the beautiful bike stages with a guided tour of Saarbrücken. Every Friday (at 4 pm) and every Saturday (at 2:30 pm) you have the opportunity to discover the city on foot as well (included in the tour price). In the districts of Alt-Saarbrücken and St. Johann you will find the majority of the historically important buildings: the Ludwigskirche with Ludwigsplatz, the Schlosskirche as well as the castle with the surrounding palaces. Connected by the Old Bridge, on the other side of the Saar are the St. Johann Market with cafés and pubs, framed by old houses, the City Hall and the Basilica of St. Johann. In addition to all this history, the state capital also has new and modern attractions - such as Bahnhofstrasse, a promenade and shopping street. All of this is close together in Saarbrücken and can be easily reached on foot.
Extra costs which are not included in the tour price
A possibly applicable tourism tax is not included in the tour price and for that payable on site.
7 days hotline service
Just in case the bike chain breaks, flooding makes it impossible to continue your tour or any other nasty surprise: You can reach us seven days a week and we will do anything to help you as fast as possible.
Passport and visa requirements
For EU citizens, there are no special passport or visa requirements and no health formalities to be considered for this trip.
The tour price already includes the statutory insolvency insurance. In addition, we recommend that you take out travel cancellation insurance upon receipt of your travel confirmation in order to protect yourself against financial disadvantages in the event of travel cancellation, interruption of travel, illness or accident.