Nonnweiler — Longest Toboggan Run In Southwest Germany

Whew, I think my stomach is still in my throat. My hands are still a bit shaky trying to type this. Why? That’s easy, I just came down from careening down Nonnweiler’s toboggan track.

During the warmer months Nonnweiler’s toboggan track (called Sommerrodelbahn in German) is open for fun. It’s over a kilometer long and one of the ten longest in Germany (see webcam!). And during the colder months its 370 meters long ski slope keeps winter fans busy.

Though that ain’t even the half of it in this German town in northern Saarland.

For those of you that don’t like that kind of adrenaline rush, the town’s miniature golf course and bowling center (it’s the same place) might be a better idea.

As fun as Nonnweiler is, that’s how historical it is. How historical? Thanks for asking, but I was gonna tell you anyway.

Is an old Celtic Fortress old enough for you? Guided tours of this two millennia old fortress take place on the first Saturday of every month (May to October at 2pm). But, you don’t need to take one to see the place.

There are also guided tours at the Planetenwanderweg (Planet Walk) starting at the Sun. But, that too doesn’t have to be seen that way. Either way, you’ll learn plenty about our universe.

Another historic site is the Hochwalddom Catholic Church. It’s not too old, considering it was only built at the turn of the last century. But, it’s quite beautiful nonetheless.

For a pretty cool museum experience, take the Museum Train that runs to/from the Rhineland-Palatinate.

It’s back to sports again when you rent a bicycle to cycle along either the Saar-Hunsrück Bike Path or the Saarland Cycle Route. They’re 110km and 354km respectively, so unless you’re totally ambitious don’t try to do the whole thing without stops. ;-)

I would recommend stopping at the Naturfreibad Primstal, an outdoor swimming area that’s cleaned by all-natural methods. If it’s too cold, there’s an indoor swimming pool with both a Finnish and dry sauna, and a Jacuzzi too.

I can’t think of a better place for my heart rate to go back to normal. And I don’t think you can either. ;-)

 

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