Baumwipfelpfad Saarschleife

Frankfurt & Southern Rhineland

The most scenic spot along the Saar River is the Saarschleife, 60km northwest of Saarbrücken, where the river makes a spectacular, almost unbelievable hairpin turn, flowing 10km to return to a point just 2km from where it started. In a large nature park 6km northwest of Mettlach, the 42m-high viewing platform Baumwipfelpfad Saarschleife (opened in 2016) is reached by a 1.25km elevated walkway above the forest from the car park. Both the walkway and viewing platform are wheelchair accessible.

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby Frankfurt & Southern Rhineland attractions

1. Le Centre Nature et Forêt Biodiversum


Built in natural timbers by star Luxembourg architect François Valentiny, this truncated pyramid-shaped nature centre features interactive exhibitions on…

2. Musée Européen

8.09 MILES

Commemorating the Schengen agreements and the European project, the small Musée Européen has displays including hats from customs officers of all the EU's…

3. Valentiny Foundation

8.46 MILES

World-renowned Remich-born architect François Valentiny built this extraordinary Arctic-white building with lattice-like cut-out windows in 2016 as an…

4. Fort du Hackenberg

13.55 MILES

The largest single Maginot Line bastion in the Metz area was the 1000-man Fort du Hackenberg, whose 10km of galleries were designed to be self-sufficient…

5. Basilika St Matthias

16.81 MILES

Magnificent St Matthias Abbey is thought to be Germany's oldest Christian church. Begun in 1127, when the relics of the Apostle Matthias (Judas' successor…

6. Amphitheatre

17.6 MILES

Trier’s mighty Roman amphitheatre could accommodate 20,000 spectators for gladiator tournaments and animal fights. Beneath the arena are dungeons where…

7. US Military Cemetery

17.62 MILES

In a beautifully maintained graveyard 6km east of the city near the airport, lie 5075 US WWII war dead, including the general of the US Third Army George…

8. Barbarathermen

17.63 MILES

Named for a former monastery on this site, these Roman baths were built in the 2nd century AD. Information panels line a walkway through the atmospheric…