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June 1, 2022

Curiosities of Saarburg!!

And continuing my memory lane tour of neighboring Germany from our base in Trier, we stop with the family in Saarburg.The Rhineland-Palatinate State, is very nice indeed and Saarburg is one of the gems. On my road warrior ways we went south on the crossroads to Luxembourg on the N2 and then in Germany you take the 407 or B51 all great routes. Saarburg is best known for its cascades of the river in city center or downtown. The moment you enter the town you notice its quant pretty architecture and lively city center, it was a nice welcome to a new town in our world map, Saarburg.

Beautiful Saarburg is close to the Luxembourg and French borders. Surrounded by vineyards and the river Saar, it is an idyllic small town to spend a relaxing weekend there.The view from the old castle, the pretty old town with the sparkling waterfall, the atmosphere along the Leukbach enchant all visitors. The city is truly a treasure for those who would like to discover beautiful places far from the tourist trail.

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There are two mills in the waterfall. The Hackenberger Mühle is on the right-hand side. You can recognize them by the mill that runs along the wall. Although the mill no longer works, the water is still transported in the factory today and it drives the wheels. The former electoral mill is called Amüseum and is located on the other side of the stream. The building with the many windows now houses a mill museum.

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Anyone who enters the Buttermarkt or butter market can already hear it , Saarburg’s main attraction, the 20 meter high waterfall in the middle of the city center is noticeable from afar with its noise.the mighty water masses of the Leukbach, which is just flowing so peacefully, rush down the steep rock cascades, foaming white. In the valley basin, the mill wheels of the Hackenberger Mühle are still being driven and then the Leukbach continues to murmur quietly until it flows into the Saar. We owe the waterfall to an urban planning masterpiece from the 11C or 12C. The town lords of the time managed to divert the Leukbach through the middle of the medieval town. The purpose was to have enough extinguishing water in case of fire. They also made use of the power of the water and used it to drive the mill wheels of the City mill (today Hackenberger Mühle) and those of the Electoral mill (today Amuseum).The view from the street “Auf dem Graben” to the pretty rows of houses and the small bridges over the Leukbach is affectionately called “Saarburg’s Little Venice”. But that’s not the only reason, the rows of houses directly on the stream also stand on oak pillars, as in the lagoon city. Saarburg’s old town on the banks of the Saar enchants with its narrow streets and colorful fishermen’s and boatmen’s houses. A number of old house brands with motifs such as fish, anchors, boat hooks and oars are references to the old trades.

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The  area full of restos and shop circumvolving around the Leukbach river that passes thru the center of the city ,very quaint, romantic and nice for an evening walk or day. The municipal museum of Amuseum sits in an old windmill from the 1300’s with a special unique running canal next to the houses and above the river to slow down the water pressure. It shows the history of the city and temporary painting exhibits.

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The official Amueseum of Saarburg : https://www.amueseum-saarburg.de/

The Saar Obermosel tourist office on Wasserfall iSaarburg: https://www.saar-obermosel.de/ueber-uns/is/Wasserfall-Saarburg_Saarburg

There you go folks, Saarburg is a  lively town on the center and great river rides. A wonderful day trip with the family into off the beaten path of Germany. Hope you have enjoy the post as I.

And remember, happy travels, good health and many cheers to all !!!

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June 1, 2022

More of Saarbrucken !!!

And as usual lately, digging into my picture vault, found some not in my blog and they should, Many memorable moments of the family decision to come for our vacation in Germany and of course our passing visit of Saarbrücken. Memories forever ,and the pictures should be in my blog, therefore, here is More of Saarbrücken. I have written on many before so just give you a bit of more text here and the new older pictures that go along ; it was a nice city to walk its center indeed. We came here by car from Trier, our base ,but once parked walked all over!  Hope you enjoy the post as my others on the city as I.

The Church of Saint Jakob was originally a three-aisled neo-Gothic stepped hall with a west tower, a little sprawling cross-aisle, a recessed choir room with a chorus and an enclosed three-sided.

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The Ludwigskirche or Church of St Ludwig (aka Prince Louis of Nassau) is a Protestant Baroque-style church. Symbol of the city, it is with the Frauenkirche of Dresden and the Michel of Hamburg one of the best examples of Protestant church built in Germany.

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There the new city hall and it is old indeed !  The former city hall of St Johann is the current city hall of Saarbrücken,  It was built between 1897 and 1900 , as the largest neo Gothic secular building in the Saarland,  The 74 meters high tower of the Johanneskirche, which corresponds to the tower of the city hall, contained four bells that were cast from captured French cannon ore from the Franco-Prussian War of 1870/71.  From June 23 to 25, 1900 the inauguration of the city hall took place ; with the merger of the three  Saar cities of Alt-Saarbrücken , St. Johann and Malstatt-Burbach in 1909, the building was promoted to the city hall of Saarbrücken . After damaged in WWII, in 1953, the restored part was handed over to official use, See the nice portals of the old St. Johann city hall converted into arcades. City Hall webpage: https://www.saarbruecken.de/en/town_hall/rathaus_st_johann_town_hall

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The old Saarbrücken Castle is a Baroque castle, and is located in the district of Alt-Saarbrücken on the left bank of the Saar river. A medieval castle and a Renaissance castle stood on the same site. Historical sources from the year 999 report the existence of an imperial Castell Sarabruca . A document from 1065 mentions that Duke Frederick of Lower Lorraine received the castle as a fief from the King. Later, Emperor Henry IV gave the castle to Frederick’s brother, Count Adalbero III of Luxembourg, who was Bishop of Metz. Count Philip IV built a summer residence in Saarbrücken and provides a sketch of appearance of the medieval castle. It had a trapezoid-shaped inner court, surrounded by buildings of different widths. There was a tower on the western side. In the 17C it shows a four-winged structure inside a curtain wall with differently shaped bastions. Defensive structures including towers, walls, gatehouses and trenches followed the topography of the Saar rock. The rampart was strengthened with triangular corner bastions, The trapezoidal main courtyard was surrounded by four wings. Three of these were joined at right angles. The main square was surrounded by buildings of equal width. The three-story building could be accessed from spiral staircases in the stair towers at the corners of the inner courtyard. The castle was destroyed by imperial troops on 16 May 1677, and was restored around 1696, After the baroque palace was partially destroyed by fire in 1793 in the turmoil of the French revolution, in 1810, the palace was reconstructed to house eight middle-class families, In 1938, a Neo-Baroque façade and a grand open-air staircase to the Cour d’honneur were added to the central building. The western wing was partially destroyed during WWII, and rebuilt in 1947 and 1948. The Saarbrücken castle now serves as the administrative headquarters of the District of Saarbrücken. The exhibition rooms of the Historical Museum Saar are housed in the vaulted cellar and a new annex. Casemates were uncovered during extensive excavations between 2003 and 2007. These can now be visited as part of the museum. The Saarbrücken tourist office on the castle/museum : https://tourismus.saarbruecken.de/en/discovering/museums_galleries/museum_of_regional_history

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The Saar river has two headstreams , the Sarre Rouge and the Sarre Blanche, which join in Lorquin, both start near Mont Donon, the highest peak of the northern Vosges. After 246 km (153 mi) with 129 km ( 80 mi) in France and on the French-German border, and 117 km (73 mi) in Germany, the Saar flows into the Moselle at Konz (Rhineland-Palatinate State) between Trier and the Luxembourg border. The middle stretch between Saarbrücken and Dillingen is a center of heavy industry. Pics from old Castle below.

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The Saarbrücken tourist office on its heritagehttps://tourismus.saarbruecken.de/en

The Saarland regional tourist office on Saarbrückenhttps://www.visitsaarland.co.uk/Media/Cities/Saarbruecken2#/article/194e1bcf-b7b9-4507-af0a-ef22d70fb20f

There you go folks, a nice town on a beautiful silhouette of the Saar river , great shopping! and nice architecture. You can spend a quick whole day here or two as we came back again for another look on same family trip. Hope you enjoy Saarbrucken, in the Saar of Germany as I.

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

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June 1, 2022

Oberemmel, our house !!!

Let me bring you back to our family trip to Germany. Of course  , I have been to Germany and so has my family on several trips but this time we decided to rent a house in wine country and see the smaller towns of the Saar region , and we settle for Oberemmel. It was awesome, and we would love to be back.  I have other posts on the area and its wines, this post is just on the house we stayed. Hope you enjoy it as I.

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We chose an apartment in the winemaker’s house in the area of Konz-Oberemmel, but actually we rented for two weeks as our base in Oberemmel; the town is lovely, and the stay was good with excellent quality/price ratio. The rental at Willems & Willems was in the 2nd floor of the building,  it had an entry stair a bit tight, then kitchenette, dining/living room combine with two windows in the attic, two bedrooms with two twins beds on each and the sofa bed in the living room; coffeemaker, microwave,medium size fridge, closets, the bathroom with shower and window;cable TV with some English stations for news, plus French, Spanish,Portuguese,etc. no telephone and no wifi/internet. The rent was discounted as we rented two weeks so it will change according to your stay and season. The family’s daughter and winemaker speaks English, and it is the daughter who handles the initial rental by email. The owner’s mother did not spoked English.

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The town was small and we walked all over. However, the main amenities needed for the apartment were like a minute away. We fun parts was on ordering it as we speak no German and they neither English nor French. We found one young men who spoked ok English and another lady who spoked French as was working in Luxembourg city.

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The town has one grocery store and one bakery, that is it, 1700 inhabitants. The reception in town was very friendly, and all folks tried to help us; we did attack that grocery store Edeka-Krumm. Webpage:https://www.edeka.de/eh/s%C3%BCdwest/edeka-krumm-scharzbergstra%C3%9Fe-15a/index.jsp

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The bakery was Baeckerei Baasch, and it was the best, we were there every morning and late evening before they close. I tried to verified if still open andn could not confirm, nevertheless here for the memories and the photo. The webpage: https://www.innungsbaecker.de/baeckerfinder/baecker/03897c42-d7a1-422c-931c-91e9156f141e

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The Saar Oberemmel tourist office (in German) : https://www.saar-obermosel.de/

The Wiengut Willems rental house and wineryhttp://www.ferienweingut-willems.de/

There you go folks, a wonderful family wine country trip which has stayed with us well forever, memories to cherish indeed. This is heavens no big cities fancy hotels, just come and enjoy the real Germany and its wine producing regions at Konz Oberemmel. Hope you have enjoy it as we did and again memories that will linger forever with my dear late wife Martine.RIP

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

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