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First mentioned in texts dating from 634 AD, the Benedictine Abbey of Saint-Maurice in Tholey is considered the oldest monastery in Germany, and is also among the country’s oldest Gothic churches. Discover a destination imbued with spirituality, with architecture that has been painstakingly preserved. The abbey is also renowned globally for its three stained-glass windows, designed by Gerhard Richter, considered one of the most important painters of our time. His luminous creation invites glass, sun and nature into a wonderful dialogue.
Stroll among remarkable landscapes, taking in vast meadow orchards and ancient beech and oak forests, near the banks of the Blies river–which lends its name to the region. Bliesgau lies in the south east of Saarland, close to the French border, and its hillsides are home to many rare animal and plant species–not for nothing is it known as ‘the orchid capital of Germany’.
Relive a moment of profund cultural history by visiting the Völklinger Hütte, the only completely preserved steel factory in the world. This fascinating architectural monument, which dates from the golden age of industrialization, has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1994. It is a unique backdrop for festivals, concerts and temporary exhibitions that attract visitors from around the world. Discover a destination that connects past, present and future.