Saarland is not very well known among motorcyclists and that is unjustified. It is a separate federal state from Germany, bordering France at Alsace (also known as the Lorraine) and North Vosges and Luxembourg. Not far away and still a lot to do. The problem, I think, is that the area is partly industrial and partly strongly shaped by the eternal struggle between France and Germany.
The landscape, culture and roads are very rewarding. There is a lot of natural beauty to see and experience, such as a tree crown walking path. Idar-Oberstein and its surroundings are also very worthwhile, especially because of the gems that are excavated here. The Saarschleife is famous: a large round bend in the Saar that you can view from above: spectacular! Saarburg is nearby: a historic city with a castle, a deep river and a nice center. Touristy. Then there is Sarreguemines, formally now French, but on the border with Germany. Also a very beautiful town with a lot of history. Saarbrücken is less beautiful, but also worth a visit.
If you are looking for (war) culture, you can indulge yourself here. Many remains can be found from the Middle Ages (castles, ruins, city gates), from the First World War (Ligne Maginot, which was built between the two world wars) and from the Second World War (especially many honorary cemeteries and monuments).
The cooking culture here is famous for its flammkuchen: a kind of thin pizza with a lot of meat and cheese on it. Enough fat to keep you going for the rest of the day ...
Industry is also worth seeing. At Völklingen, an old iron smelter has been transformed into a cultural center with many performances and exhibitions. In the vicinity there are mining museums on both the German and French sides.
These three routes take you everywhere, except the Saarscheilfe and Saarburg. You can easily visit it on the way there (or back).
The routes start at the Hotel Mühlenthal, Bachtalstraße 214, 66773 Schwalbach. A nice little family hotel in a quiet place not too far from Saarlouis.
Lots of fun!
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