Eppelborn has fought for years to be designated as the heart of Saarland, since the geographic center of the region lies in this state.
Alas, no luck so far. However, since the locals have been living here since Roman times, they have the patience to keep trying!
Officially designated or not, Eppelborn is a well-built example of Saarland architecture and culture. Yet it isn’t just a stereotypical backwater. There are thriving arts and political communities here.
One you will definitely want to see is the Jean Lurçat Museum, located in the old girl’s school. He was a definitive figure during the Impressionist/Cubist movement, and specialized in working with fabrics.
His museum here has more than 300 of his tapestries on display, considered the world’s premier collection of the Bildwirkerei style. It’s an incorporation of textural images and motifs into woven fabric, and some of his works are on display in New York, London, Paris and other art hot spots.
Another activity to pursue here is political debate. Eppelborn has been home to a number of famous German politicians, so the locals can really discuss things from a first hand perspective. Some of the better known “native sons” have included Bartholomew Kossmann, Gaby Schaefer, and Hans Georg Wagner, while the current Prime Minister of Saarland, Peter Müller, also lives here.
Once you’ve gotten your mental exercise, you will want to take a trip to the hills around town. There are miles of hiking and biking trails that wind around the main area, providing good lookout points and a blend of gentle treks with more challenging hikes. Given the long historical settlement of the area, it is highly likely that you will be able to stumble over something notable as you wander the forest.
The outlying farm houses, cleared groves, and trails weave together to complete the pleasant fabric of this relaxing, if not designated, heart of the countryside.