How about Mettlach, Germany !

In my personal trips to Germany , I finally took the family on a whirlwind tour of the western parts of the country, and base south of Trier (see posts) and by car traveled gracefully.  I am updating this older post that brings lots of nice memories to me. The town of Mettlach caught the attention of my dear late wife Martine from brochures,and she saw an opportunity for shopping, so off I needed to go lol !. Going all the way on the road B51 from my base south of Trier to Mettlach was easy, passing many interesting towns and enjoying the car ride.

I like the town for its quant architecture, on the banks of the Sarre river, and the quant restaurants around the main square on a hilly terrain down to the river. Of course, if you are into shopping of the good names at reduce prices then this is it for you!! My Martine love it!!!  Mettlach is a town in the district of Merzig-Wadern in Saarland,  approximately 7 km (4.3 mi) from Merzig, and 30 km (19 mi) from Trier. Here we took again the B51 south from Konz-Trier. Very nice picturesque road takes you right along the Sarre river entering town over the bridge on Von Boch Liebig Strabe(street).

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However, for me, not my wife, the best was the simple nice lunch we had at Eis Cafe La Taormina at Freiherr-vom-Stein-Straße 32 (street). We had a snack there at Eis cafe La Taormina, Sicilian folks and great beers with gelato, Italian ice cream just wonderful like been there,and on the main street just down from the Church on the main street to the river boat terminals and five minutes from the Villeroy & Boch abbey/outlet stores.  The official Eis Cafe La Taormina webpage in German : https://www.eiscafetaormina.com/

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The RestaurantGuru reviews on Eis Cafe La Taormina : https://restaurantguru.com/Eiscafe-Taormina-Mettlach

For those in the footing, there is a nice castle ruins outside of town. The Castle of Montclair is in ruins.  At the Convention of  1778, it was recalled that, in accordance with what had already been stipulated in 1661, between France and the Elector of Trier(local govt at the time), the fort and Château de MontClair could never be relieved or reinstated. The way the tourist office has it, you go from the parking place at the Pfaffkirche in Mettlach, following “Tafeltour ” signs you will reach this picturesque small castle after about 3.5 km of walking. The Trail is quite steep, but it leads through beautiful woods with several viewing spots with benches where you can relax, if needed, so it is still enjoyable.

There is an opportunity for river cruising very popular here even if we had no time or no willingness to do so.  The Church of  Liutwinious (see post) name after the first abbot who founded it here is very quaint nice on a hilly plateau overlooking the city below, worth the climb.

Like I said, we came here for the shopping and the whole town seems to be gear for the factory outlet stores especially that of fame Villeroy & Boch! Here we took small plates and cups and went on to the others to get some more goodies always temptation abount here, the prices are right for the quality product, the places is picturesques and quaint old world ,and just dandy places to eat. A nice find indeed. (See post)

For info the Mettlach tourist office on factory outlet: https://www.tourist-info.mettlach.de/de/outletshopping.html

A bit of history I like . Mettlach, formerly Mettloch, was a village and abbey in the Duchy of Lorraine, attached to the Diocese of Trier.The Abbey of Mettlach was founded in the 7C by Lutvin, who was the first abbot.

The Mettlach tourist City office: https://www.tourist-info.mettlach.de/en/about-us.html

The Sarre region tourist office on Mettlachhtps://www.visitsaarland.co.uk/Media/Cities/Mettlach#/article/2558

There you go folks, a nice spot indeed to spend a day of glorious shopping ,good food, and nice picturesques scenes on the Sarre river. A memorable summer vacation for the whole family, and i will look forward to be back, and did…. Hope you enjoy the post on Mettlach!

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

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