Bous — Very German With A Very French Name

Welcome to Bous. I mean, Buss. No, it’s Bous.

What’s the matter, can’t I get a name straight?

Of course I can, but during the years of the Nazis the town’s name was changed to sound more German than French. Why French? Because Bous lies near the border of France in the Saarland; and is also close to Luxembourg.

It lies within the Saar-Lor-Lux region, to be more specific.

Anyway, back to Buss for a minute… I say it the German way for a minute because the Nazis set up a Hitler Youth Camp at the Redemptoristenkloster Heiligenborn (wow, try saying that fast five times!). The old monastery closed in 2009, and is said to have been built over a sacred spring.

World War II isn’t the extent of Bous’ long history, it was once along some long ago Roman Road.

OK, that’s about it on the historical. It’s the Saar River countryside that you’ve come here to see. Otherwise you wouldn’t traveling along the Saar Cycle Route now, would you?

One of the most dramatic views near Bous is where the Saar River bends sharply, a view that’s never truly appreciated unless you’re looking at it from above. Don’t worry, there are plenty of lookout points to appreciate the view.

I guess that makes hiking one of Bous’ best activities. ;-)

Cycling around Bous is quite lovely, and there are more cycling trails than just the Saar Cycle Route that I mentioned before.

Bous also likes a good time. People can’t live by hiking and biking alone, can they? Every year during the first two weeks of November there’s a huge Art Exhibition that brings artists from all over, and soon after is the annual Christmas Market.

Before either of them is Bous’ Oktoberfest at the end of September. And that is so totally German, despite Bous having a very French name.

 

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