Anytime you got the chance to sample some of a country’s best culinary specialties, eat them. And, good food is exactly what you’re going to find in the town of Marpingen during the town’s Exweller Village Festival on the first weekend in September.
Wine is also big around here and you can pair it with some Frikadellen (meat dumplings), Rhabarberkuchen (a rhubarb cake), and Kerschder, which are pan fried potatoes; all of which are local yummies. :-)
Other festivals in Marpingen, such as on Rose Monday (right before Lent starts) and the Marienkirmes (a church celebration) give you ample opportunity to try even more local delicacies.
Marpingen — Top Areas Of Interest
Chowing down isn’t the only thing visitors and locals alike are able to do here. The town is historic and there are a few sites to see if you can tear yourself away from the table.
The Alte Mühle, or Old Mill, was built in 1836 and is now a meeting center, has a cafe, and houses the local history museum. Then there’s the Hiwwelhaus Alsweiler, the oldest farmhouse in the entire Saarland.
While the Marienkapelle isn’t quite a century old yet, it’s still one of the most beautiful places in town to visit. It is said that back in the 1870’s an apparition of the Virgin Mary appeared here at the edge of the town’s woods.
I won’t discount anything of what took place in Marpingen’s woods more than a century ago; but there is proof positive of 1st century A.D. archaeological finds in the surrounding forest.
If you like what you see, then spend a few days getting to know Marpingen and the area of the Saarland. There are a few small traditional style guesthouses for overnight visitors.
When you find yourself in Saarbrücken, that’s only a half hour south, make sure you come see Marpingen. Your taste buds will be doing a “happy dance”! ;-)