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Commune Überherrn

The community Überherrn is with its approximately 13,000 inhabitants a cosmopolitan, sympathetic community in the southwest of the Saarland. It rightly advertises itself with the slogan "Überherrn - a small piece of Europe." More than 1000 years of borderland fate with a constant change of Lorraine, German and French influence as well as the proximity to France have shaped the country and its people and influenced cultural development the French "savoir vivre" with the cozy and cheerful lifestyle of the Saarlanders. This is also evident in the numerous village and club festivals that take place throughout the year, especially at the traditional borderland festival with the border run, which annually attracts thousands of visitors from near and far on the third weekend in July.

The proximity to France has also left its mark on the Saarland gastronomy. Stylish restaurants, cozy inns, quaint pubs and beer gardens also offer hearty home-style cooking. Or why not try the typical Saar sausage and our Kunzler-Lyoner!

But otherwise the Franco-German friendship is omnipresent: visible signs include the "Monument to the Great Europeans" - Robert Schuman, Konrad Adenauer and Alcide de Gasperi - in Berus, the "Old Border Path - Chemin de la Frontière" between Berus and the Lorraine Berviller or the greeting and memorial stone Via Europa "on the" Old Border Square "between Überherrn and Creutzwald.

The scenic charm of the community is characterized by the contrast between extensive valley lowlands in the Bisttal (192 m above sea level) and the mighty steep slopes of the Lorraine hill country (377 m above sea level). Here you can find peace in the nearby Warndtwald, the oldest and largest forest area in the Saarland, and in the silence of the vast landscape on the heights of the Saargau near Berus and Felsberg.

Hikers and cyclists can enjoy the varied natural landscape during their tours on an extensive, cross-border cycling and hiking trails, such as an 'unlimited' hike in the middle of Europe on the "Old Border Trail - Chemin de la Frontière" between Berus and Berviller or hike the new premium trail "Vauban-Steig", which leads over a distance of about 12.5 km over the Saargau and through the Saar Valley and thereby tourist highlights such as the Devil's Castle in Felsberg, an ancient azurite tunnel and the quarries in which the sandstone blocks were broken for the Saarlouiser fortress construction, connects.

The central location of the community in the heart of the Saar-Lor-Lux-area makes Überherrn an ideal starting point to experience Europe live. France, Luxembourg and Belgium are just as close as the winegrowing regions on the Mosel, Saar and Ruwer or the old Roman city of Trier. They all invite you to unforgettable discovery tours in one of the most varied and historic areas in Europe. The beauty of the landscape, the wealth of cultural heritage and not least the variety of culinary delights leave nothing to be desired.

District Saarlouis

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In Saarlouis, not only two countries are merging in the heart of Europe. Here also mixes history since the Celts and Romans to today's common Europe. In it are embedded traditions of mining and metallurgy as well as cultural influences of the neighboring France and its diverse cuisine.

Right in the middle of it all is the district town of Saarlouis, founded as an important fortress town in 1680 by the architect Louis XIV, the famous Sebastien de Pretre de Vauban. The charming mix of historic casemates and barracks, as well as the numerous bistros and small pubs in the twisted old town, gave the European city of Saarlouis the reputation of being the secret capital of Saarland.

Only a few kilometers away is Dillingen, the city with the "steel heart." On the one hand pulsating industrial site with one of the most modern steel mills in the world, on the other hand the scene of numerous steel sculptures of internationally renowned artists In the geographical center of the Saarland Lebach is positioned, nationally known through the annual "Green Week" with the most famous horse race in southwest Germany.

After Lorraine, the country is getting hilly. On the so-called "Saargau" runs on an endless plateau between old orchards and weathered landmarks, the border between Germany and France, but today it is rather connecting than dividing element in the Gau and border communities Rehlingen-Siersburg, Wallerfangen, Überherrn and Wadgassen The lively coexistence is lived in numerous cross-border festivals.

As a paradise for hikers, the north of the country ice is recommended. Nationally awarded hiking trails from Schmelz via Saarwellingen to Nalbach attract nature lovers to their spell and ensure a true renaissance in the most popular pastime of the Germans, who go on an exploratory tour on "Schuster's Rappen." A recreational mountain of a special kind can be found in Ensdorf, quasi in the The Waldsee in Schwalbach with the picturesque Waldbühne in the cultural center lures the shade of this heap of land.If you prefer a more contemplative visit to the Redemptorist monastery Heiligenborn in Bous, in short - there is so much to see and do that one day is certainly not enough!

Did you know that large areas of the Saarlouis district belong to the Saar-Hunsrück nature park? With a size of more than 2000 km², this is a large-scale protected area, which is ideal for leisure and tourist activities. The multi-faceted natural and cultural landscape is characterized by extensive forest areas, species-rich meadows, hedgerows and Raine in the open air, river and Bachtäler and exciting rock formations!

Picture: Gemeinde Überherrn