Tucked away on the western corner of the Saarland, bordering Luxembourg and France is Perl — a real gem of a town.
Many people find themselves coming to Perl if they’re following the stunning gardens found on the Gärten ohne Grenzen or Gardens Without Borders — a scenic route of sorts that’s all about, well, gardens.
I know you could have figured that out without me telling you — but I had to anyway. ;-)
One garden on the Garden Without Borders list is the Palais von Nell, whose Baroque garden is heavenly.
While technically not a “garden,” I wouldn’t miss out on a chance to follow the Panoramaweg Perl which follows along the Moselle Valley’s nature reserve area and its orchids (which bloom from the end of April to June).
If you’re on a quest of Roman history, look no further than the Römische Villa Borg; a Roman archaeological site (and not where you’ll find the Roman mosaics in Nennig).
Villa Borg’s got its own gardens, a Roman tavern, a museum, and a Roman Festival on the 1st weekend of August. When you’re walking around here, you’ll think you were in Ancient Rome.
Other historical sites in Perl include the the Schloss Berg (a 12th century castle that’s now a restaurant), the Besch Military Cemetery with its three stone crosses that stand as a memorial to the lives lost in World War II; and the St. Quirin’s Chapel.
St. Quirin’s Chapel, or Quirinuskapelle, is a unique piece of history, as it was believed to be a Celtic religious site — as well as the site where the saint’s bones came to rest.
Each year in his honor the town holds a Horse Parade on May 1st.
The saint isn’t the only religious devotion found here, the town lies along the Way of St. James — a route for pilgrims on their way to Santiago de Compostela in Spain.
At the St. Jacobs Chapel pay special attention to the altar, as it was once a Roman tombstone.
If you’ve seen all this, all you’ve got left to do is relax and totally enjoy yourself at the 4-day Wein-und-Kellertagefest at the end of October, or the Wine Festival in late August.
It doesn’t matter if you’ve come to Perl for its Romans, its gardens, or its stop on a religious route — either way, it’s wonderful.