Et voilà – the Saarland.
From the lively city of Saarbrücken you will discover the most beautiful sights of the Saarland on this radial bike tour. The smallest federal state is a little bit German, a little bit French and offers limitless possibilities. You cycle through the Bliesgau biosphere reserve, visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site Völklinger Hütte, discover the old coal mining area in France and even track the Romans. Nature lovers will cheer at the sight of the Saarschleife (a great bend in the Saar at Mettlach), in enchanting forests or during breaks at lovely ponds. The mild climate and the multicultural heritage have left their mark in the kitchen, as well. Enjoy the Saarländers' motto "Hauptsach gudd gess" (the most important is that you ate well) and the relaxed French way of life "savoir-vivre". Try 'dibbelabbes', prawns or paté, a viez or pastis as an aperitif and feast your way through the sweet creations of the confectionery shops. Let's go to Saarbrücken: Bon appetit and cheers!
Your hotel: Victor's Residenz-Hotel Saarbrücken 4 **** S
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.
1. day Saarbrücken arrival
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.
2. day Bliesgau Biosphere Reserve 40/57/61 km
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).
3. day UNESCO World Heritage Site Völklinger Hütte 28/37 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).
4. day France and the Saar cycle route 35/47 km
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).
5. day Mettlach and the Saarschleife 33/50 km
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.
6. day Romans and pure nature 37/57 km
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.
7. day Saarbrücken departure
After breakfast, your eventful bike tour ends in the hotel. If you want, you can stay longer to discover even more of the Saarland.
Explanation of the flexible day trips
The order of the daily trips is flexible, which stage you cycle on which day is up to you. And on all days, you can individually choose how far you want to cycle, because every tour has at least one shorter and one longer variant. Either the route guidance provides a shortcut, or there is a convenient rail connection to shorten a section. So, you can spontaneously decide every day how much time you want to spend in the saddle.
Individual tours: Here you decide when and with whom you would like to travel. We provide you with detailed tour documents and practical planning tips, and you enjoy our all-in, worry-free package with separate luggage transport throughout your tour.
Guided tours: You can simply get on your bike and enjoy a group holiday (8–20 participants). Your tour guide will take care of everything, and your luggage will be transported separately.
This overview shows you the grade of difficulty for our tours:
In the case of our original Velociped tours, we are the tour operator. We organise and accompany these tours personally.
So that you have an even bigger selection to choose from, we also cover additional routes in collaboration with long-standing partners. With these Velociped partner tours, we are the tour broker.
28 days cancellation option
This low-cost option (2% of the tour price) applies to all original Velociped tours and allows you to cancel your booking free of charge up to 28 days before the start of the tour without giving any reason.
Prices are per person.
14.04. – 30.04.2022
01.10. – 13.10.2022
01.05. – 30.09.2022
bookable additional nights
bookable additional services
- 6 nights with breakfast in the 4-star superior Victor's Residenz-Hotel Saarbrücken
- 1 x bottle of water upon arrival
- Relaxation in the wellness area with sauna (no pool)
- Bathrobe in the room
- 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
- Entry to the Roman Museum Schwarzenacker
- City tour Saarbrücken
- Digital travel documents as an app with tips for travel preparation, tourist information and with detailed GPS route guidance from / to the hotel
- 7-day hotline service
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. 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 ...
Digital travel documents
With this new original Velociped radial Tour, all travel documents will be provided in digital form only, which means that you will get all documents including the maps and all tourist information as an app for your smartphone. The GPS-based route guidance for the individual daily stages is also available offline using your smartphone. In this way, you always have all the information relating to the individual day trips ready at hand. Every sight is explained, special daily tips are stored and every recommended café and restaurant is precisely listed and therefore easy to find. And on the digital map you can always see exactly where you are and whether you are still on the right track. There is no need to read detailed route descriptions and there is no need to track them in the map material. The digital travel documents will quickly inspire you - we are firmly convinced of this and will gradually transfer this paper-saving and sustainable offer to all our tours. However, if you want to receive printed travel documents and maps, we will be happy to send them to you for a fee of 20,00 €.
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.
Sie haben die Wahl: Kombinieren Sie eine der schönen Radetappen mit einer Stadtführung durch Saarbrücken. Jeden Freitag (um 16 Uhr) und jeden Samstag (um 14:30 Uhr) besteht für Sie die Möglichkeit, die Stadt auch zu Fuß zu entdecken (im Reisepreis enthalten). In den Stadtteilen Alt-Saarbrücken und St. Johann finden Sie die Mehrzahl der historisch bedeutenden Gebäude: die Ludwigskirche mit Ludwigsplatz, die Schlosskirche sowie das Schloss mit den umliegenden Palais. Verbunden durch die Alte Brücke, liegen auf der anderen Saarseite der St. Johanner Markt mit Cafés und Kneipen, umrahmt von alten Häusern, das Rathaus und die Basilika St. Johann. Neben all dem Historischen findet sich aber auch Neues und Modernes in der Landeshauptstadt – etwa die Bahnhofstraße als Flanier- und Einkaufsmeile. All dies liegt in Saarbrücken nah beieinander und lässt sich bequem zu Fuß erreichen.
Extrakosten, die nicht im Reisepreis enthalten sind
Eine möglicherweise anfallende Tourismusabgabe ist nicht Bestandteil des Reisepreises und daher im Hotel vor Ort zu zahlen.
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, health regulations
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.
The Ludwig church in Saarbrücken's Alt-Saarbrücken district is a baroque style Protestant church. It is the symbol of the city and, along with the Dresden Frauenkirche and the Hamburg "Michel", is one of the most important Protestant baroque church buildings in Germany.
Saarbrücken Castle is located in the Alt-Saarbrücken district on the left riverside of the Saar. Previous buildings on the site were a medieval castle and a renaissance palace. The sandstone rock on the Saar has always been the seat of the rulers. Excavations on the castle rock made it clear how new buildings were built here step by step over the centuries on old foundations.
Saarland Museum, Modern Gallery
The modern gallery is one of the leading museums in southwest Germany and is the leading museum institution in Saarland. Characterized by its location close to the French border, its rich holdings from Impressionism to the present unfold in a dialogue, especially between French and German currents.
Saar River bend
The Saarschleife is one of the most famous sights in the Saarland. The most beautiful view is offered by the Cloef viewpoint in the Orscholz district of Mettlach, 180 m high above the river. Imposing views are also offered directly from the banks of the Saar. The Saar River bend is considered the landmark of the Saarland.
Villeroy & Boch
Villeroy & Boch AG is a German manufacturer of ceramic goods with its headquarters in Mettlach. Thousands of years of cultural history, centuries-old ceramics tradition and future-oriented concepts- you will find all of this in the Villeroy & Boch adventure center. Here, topics, lifestyles and products are presented in a completely new way - in a unique atmosphere.
European cultural park Bliesbruck-Reinheim
The European Culture Park Bliesbruck-Reinheim is an archeology park that stretches on both sides of the German- French border. Finds from different epochs since 1806 are excavated in the 700,000 m² park area and continuously presented in a museum. The most important are a Celtic princess grave as well as a small-town settlement (vicus) and a palace villa, both from Roman times. Every year around 50,000 visitors visit the park, which makes it one of the most important cultural and tourism institutions in Saarland. In addition to the museum and park, there is also an archaeological research center on the site. The focus of the scientific work there is not only on the excavations in the park area, but also on the surrounding area with the aim to understand the development of settlement in the entire region. In view of the continuity of settlement from the Bronze Age to the present day, with significant finds from almost all epochs, the settlement chamber of Bliesbruck-Reinheim is one of the most important prehistoric and early historical sites in Central Europe.
Bliesgau Biosphere Reserve
The Bliesgau biosphere reserve is located in the southeast of the Saarland on the border with France. The slightly hilly landscape is characterized by extensive orchards, valuable beech forests, species-rich dry grassland and an impressive meadow landscape. In addition, there is a variety of animal and plant species as well as the dense coexistence of urban and rural areas. The Bliesgau has a population density that is above the national average (311 inhabitants per km). For this reason, UNESCO recognized the Bliesgau biosphere reserve as the 15th model region in Germany in 2009 and linked it with a mandate: Based on the special resources of this cultural landscape, research and experimentation should be carried out into how people can live and work better here in harmony with nature.
Parc Explor Wendel
Coal mining at the Wendel colliery began in 1862 and developed into the largest mining site in France before operations ceased in 2004.
With the underground show mine "La Mine Wendel" and the miners' museum "Les Mineurs Wendel", the Parc Explor Wendel is today an industrial monument of international standing amid beautiful nature.
In the La Mine Wendel show mine, visitors use the pit cage like so many miners once did on their way underground. There they get to know different coal mining techniques and can marvel at huge machines and devices in their place of use at the time. A guide accompanies the visitors on their underground tour, at the end of which a film shows the typical working day of a miner.
Next door in the miners' museum Les Mineurs Wendel, located in the former management building of the mine, visitors discover the fascinating history of coal mining in Lorraine and Saarland and the everyday life and work of the miners. The trilingual exhibition on 1,800 m² illustrates the mining history of the cross-border region with numerous objects and models, audio and video documents as well as photos and contemporary documents. Through multimedia eyewitness reports, visitors to the original rooms of the Wendel mine take part in the everyday life of the miners: in the “Lohnhalle” hall, the changing room, the washrooms, etc. A special room is dedicated to the cross-border history of coal mining.
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. The king liked his new city so much that he personally gave it his name and the fleur-de-lis and sun- symbol as the city's coat of arms. Today the citizens of Saarlouis live in the striking remains of the fortress, which they have cleverly integrated into their city.
Niedtal cycle path
The Niedtal route is considered to be one of the most beautiful bike routes in the Saarland. Idyllic valleys invite you to take a break in nature. There are old mills and pretty Lorraine farmhouses along the way. Depending on the season and the water level, you can also paddle on the river. From the tower of the Siersburg fortress you have a beautiful view of the Saar and Niedtal valleys. In Niedaltdorf 7000-year-old stalactite caves can be visited.
The Völklinger Hütte World Heritage Site is an industrial monument of the highest importance. Its charisma extends far beyond the Saarland. The Völklinger Hütte is an example of how the Saarland was shaped by the coal and steel industry in the 19th and 20th centuries. The process of crude iron production can be fully understood from it in an impressive and authentic way.
The industrial monument was opened to the public in the early 1990s. Since then, cultural events have taken place on the site. The spectrum ranges from open-air rock concerts and chamber music to exhibitions on people, nature and technology.
At the beginning of 1996 the "Industrial Culture Foundation" was established with the aim of presenting the history of the Völklinger Ironworks and developing the site culturally.
Schwarzenacker Roman Museum
The Roman Museum Schwarzenacker is an archaeological open-air museum and shows the remains of a Roman settlement that existed from the time around the birth of Christ until it was destroyed by the Alemanni in 275. The excavated floor plans of the buildings, various outdoor facilities, streets and canals can be viewed. In the neighboring noble house and in the rebuilt houses of the Vicus, important finds from everyday life of the Roman population are exhibited, which come from the settlement itself or from the surrounding area. The so-called "house of the ophthalmologist" gives an impression of the life of wealthy Romans, with wall paintings and underfloor heating. The corner bar of the "Capitolinus" and the neighboring bakery have also been rebuilt.
Franco-German Garden (called DFG) is located directly at the Victor’s Residenz Hotel and can be accessed free of charge from there. It offers all cycling enthusiasts the opportunity to end the beautiful cycling days there every day.
Originating from the Franco-German Garden show in 1960, the DFG has been a listed monument since 2001. With an area of around 50 hectares, it is the largest green space in Saarbrücken and the most popular flower garden in the region, and in the summer months there is a varied music and cultural program for all age groups.