Saarlouis, in the German state of Saarland, was constructed as a fortress and retains this appearance to this day. The historical buildings and structures within the fortress have been well preserved.
You should dedicate some serious attention as you tour this fortified town. You can learn about its tumultuous history as it bounced back and forth between being considered a part of France and being a part of Germany.
Take a leisurely stroll through the Großer Marktplatz, the huge marketplace that marks the center of the fortress and has done so since its inception. It is still a functioning area of commerce. Four wells mark the corners of the square market and you can take a nice sip of water if you’re parched since the wells continue to provide such refreshment as well as mark the four points of the compass.
If shopping is an implicit part of your traveling needs then you can rejoice in Saarlouis’ reputation as the Secret Capital of Saarland due to its abundance of shops, ranging from boutiques to department stores.
The 300 or so restaurants that inhabit the town will please your culinary cravings. When making the rounds through the restaurants be sure to stop by the Old Town and the “longest bar in Saarland” which can be found in the historic armored structures, casemates, where the guns of the fortress guns were fired. :-)
A great time to head to the town is at the very end of May in order to take part in the Saarlouiser Emmes. This festival converts the town into a giant rowdy restaurant as seven stages host music, food, and fireworks for three whole days. The celebration is one of the largest folk festivals in south-west Germany as it’s a great way to get lost in haze of sensory experiences.