The ten villages of Mettlach couldn’t be located in a more beautiful place.
This incredible stunning town sits right on the sharp curve of the Saar River, known as the Saarschleife, at the borders of France and Luxembourg. Gorgeous landscape aside, Mettlach is also historical and a shopper’s paradise. As if that’s not enough, Mettlach is also a health-resort town.
Mettlach is lucky enough to boast one of the oldest buildings in all of the Saarland. Its Alter Turm, or Old Tower, and its tiny church are over a thousand years old and one of the most visited sites in the area.
In keeping with the sites of the Middle Ages, there are ruins of Burg Montclair. The mound where the 12th century castle was built has been inhabited as far back as Romans times. Another medieval wonder is the heavenly church of St. Lutwinus. This beautifully decorated church is quite famous for its its mosaic artwork.
Even the landscape of Mettlach seems to be a masterpiece. The best place to see it is at the lookout points, known as the Cloef and Small Cloef, over where the Saar River does its hairpin turn. From this vantage point, you can see where three countries come together in a collage of colors.
This amazingly beautiful real estate is worthy of its own party, the Festival of the Saar Loop, held every August. It’s also close to the Cloef-Atrium, a lovely spa and cultural center with lectures, concerts, and exhibitions. Wow, relaxation and art all in one place!
Another natural beauty is the English Garden at the Park of the Abbey. There are over 30 species of trees and a guided botany tour is a great way to truly appreciate its beauty.
After a day or two visiting all of Mettlach’s historical sites, there’s no better way to relax than with a pint of an amber colored ale brewed at the Abbey Brewery. Don’t sit and drink too long, though, or you’ll miss the sales at the Land’s End Outlet.
Mettlach is the ultimate place to visit. How could it not be with its scenic beauty, its history, and its great shopping. Oh, yeah, and don’t forget its cool beer! ;-)