Saarland Travel Guide
Saarland is Germany's no-man's land – in a manner of speaking. It's actually Germany's smallest non-city State, both in area and in population – all of 2,570 square kilometers in area and with barely a million residents – situated along Germany's southwestern border with France. It is therefore hardly surprising that it is best known as a post-World War II bone of contention between Germany and France, albeit short-lived. Of course, it is also known for its coal mines, but the main reason to come to Saarland is to see the Saarschiefe at Metlach, where the River Saar makes a splendid U-turn and for a long stretch flows parallel but in opposite directions. That, and to hear the unique Rhine-Franconian dialect spoken by the locals. Besides which, there are a few interesting buildings and churches in Saarland's capital city, Saarbrücken, notable among them the peculiar Ludwigskirche. There is also a university in Saarbrücken, and a three-star Michelin restaurant for foodies.
Saarland is located in the southwestern corner of Germany, some 24 miles (40 km) south of Trier and all but a stone's throw from France.
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