Saarland

The Saarland is, beside the city states Berlin, Hamburg and Bremen the smallest of Germany’s state regions. It is named after the Saar River, which is, in fact a tributary of the Moselle River (a Rhine tributary) and runs through the state from the south to the northwest. It is situated in the very Southwest of Germany, between France, Luxembourg and the German regions Pfalz and Hunsruck. The countryside is beautiful and the area has a lot of French influence, having at times been part of France. You can easily see all of Saarland by bike and throw in a trip to Luxembourg and France as well. It has low, partly wooded hills and is drained by the river Saar, which flows in endless bows from the industrial regions of Saarlouis and Volklingen towards its mouth right in the wine region around Trier in Rhineland-Palatinate.

==== SAARLAND – SIGHTSEEING

The main attraction is Saarbrucken, the capital and a modern, industrial city with beautiful churches. Everywhere in the Saarland you will find the French way of living, especially in the field of gastronomy. The Laissez faire and savoir vivre mentality of the Saarland inhabitants is really a fascinating mixture of french and typical German influences.

Volklingen- Late 19th century houses, Volklingen Ironworks UNESCO world heritage site Nonnweiler Health resort, reservoir, public observatory, astronomy trail.

Saarburg- 1,000-year-old town, Leukbach waterfall and Perl-Borg- Baroque gardens, Roman villa, mosaic floor are also main attraction for visitors in Saarland.

==== SAARLAND – LOCAL DIALECT

People in the Saarland speak Rhine Franconian (in the southeast, very similar to that dialect spoken in the western part of the Palatinate) and Moselle Franconian (in the northwest, very similar to that dialect spoken along the river Mosel and the cities of Trier or even in Luxembourg), dialects of German. Outside of the Saarland, specifically the Rhine Franconian variant spoken in the Landeshauptstadt Saarbrcken is generally considered to be the Saarland dialect. In general, both dialects are an integral part of the Saarlandish identity and thus a strong source of local patriotism.

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