Following the Saar River from Saarbrücken (near the French border) to the city of Konz (where the Saar River meets the Moselle), the Saar Cycle Route has been designated as a four-star premium route by the German Cyclists’ Federation. It can be completed in either direction, with relatively level cycling paths that make it ideal for young and old alike.

The Saar Cycle Route encompasses asphalt paths and farm tracks while winding through terraced vineyards and steep valleys. It passes through plenty of charming villages where you can stop for refreshments and soak up the stunning views along the way.

If you begin in the city of Konz, the cycling route will take you through hillside vineyards and romantic wine-producing towns en route to the town of Saarburg. Explore its castle complex and picturesque waterfall before continuing through a narrow valley flanked by quartzite rock as you head south to Mettlach. Take time to explore the Villeroy & Boch exhibitions at the former Benedictine Abbey, then continue cycling to the City of the Sun King.

Stop in the cider-making town of Merzig en route and explore the atmospheric Garden of the Senses before taking time to soak up the French ambiance of Saarlouis. The final stretch of the journey passes the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Völklingen Ironworks, a fascinating 19th-century landmark that forms part of the European Route of Industrial Heritage. End your cycling tour in the charis-matic city of Saarbrücken to admire its landmark Ludwigskirche and wander through the pedestrianized center of St. Johanner Markt.