Close to the German-French border in the Saarland is the historic town of Tholey. People have lived in this neck of the woods for better part of 6000 years. Today, it’s a modern town that embraces its past and sits within some gorgeous countryside in what is considered to be an air health resort is an extra added bonus.
Tholey’s abbey was the center of life around town for countless centuries. The artwork that can be found within the abbey is simply outstanding. Actually, that’s an understatement.
If you want to stay close-by, the charming Hotel St. Lioba is located right across the street. Who wouldn’t mind overlooking a smashing 9th century church while having some morning coffee? ;-)
But, the best way to ensure that you see everything, follow Tholey’s city walking tour. You’ll get a deeper history of the Abbey, as well as visiting the early 16th century Johann Adam Mill farm, and everything in between.
There are quite a few other buildings around town that just have to be seen. Technically not a building, don’t miss the German-French Peace Memorial. This area of Germany was once under French occupation and you’ll find little nuances of French influence all over.
For a different type of religious history, Tholey had a large Jewish population that went all the way back to the 18th century. Since the 20th century, it has no Jewish presence and its 19th century synagogue are gone, but the Jewish cemetery remains.
You’ll also find that Tholey takes its sports quite serious here. If you’ve never taken a stab at Nordic Walking, you might as well try it along some this fabulous countryside. Don’t worry, beginners are welcome. You’ll also find a multitude of just regular walking and bicycling trails.
When you’re done all that, relax those tired muscles in Tholey’s indoor swimming pool. The entire place is enclosed under glass allowing for a fantastic view of the night sky.
So, when you’re done with Saarbrücken, which is only about 45 minutes away, come enjoy Tholey. You’ll be glad you did.