Saarburg is a pretty little town with a tiny population, situated on the banks of the Saar River. Saarburg and its surrounding areas are most famous for their production of Riesling grapes, which later become my favourite Riesling wine! You can explore most of Saarburgs best offerings in one day, however its a town not to be missed if you are visiting the Saarland region with kids.
Mentioned as early as 964 and founded by Count Siegfried of Luxembourg, Saarburg Castle is one of the oldest mountain castles in Western Germany. It belonged to the Trier archbishops after 1064 and was their favourite residence in the 14th century. The castle is 450 ft long and up to 164 ft wide, with a high rising tower and remains of the mighty tower from the Middle Ages.
Destroyed in the 16th and 17th centuries, it fell rapidly into ruin in the 18th century. You can visit the castle and climb the tower for free (great for budget travellers) any day of the week, just brace yourselves for a steep climb to reach it!
River Saar Cascades
Best viewed from the little iron bridge that crosses the river, the cascades are a unique natural spectacle in the centre of the town, with the water falling down the rock cascades for 20 meters. Make sure you look out for the little yellow rubber ducks that have been put at the bottom of the falls, our kids were fascinated by them. The cascades are surrounded by little cafés, restaurant’s and shops for you to while a way an hour or two.
I hadn’t realised how popular ice cream is in Germany! You will find ice cream parlours in every town in the Saarland and it would be rude not to try them all! There are 2 in Saarburg, and after sampling a few dishes our favourite is definitely the Eis Café Cascata (next to the river cascades). Prices are reasonable (we spent 19 Euros on 4 dishes, or for a budget option you can have a cone with one flavour, for 1 Euro) and the menu of dishes and flavours is vast, they even include frozen yoghurt dishes for those who prefer a healthier option.
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