Überherrn and its six local parts can be found in the Saarlouis District in the Saarland, only a stone’s throw from the French border. It’s a typical German town (with a French flair) with some old churches, some Roman ruins, and a haunted castle.
Now come to think of it, any place with a haunted castle isn’t all that typical, or is it?
The majority of what you’ll find to visit in Überherrn are her churches. Each of the town’s hamlets has its own. Some are a bit more historic than other, but each village is rightly proud of their own.
In Berus, there is the St. Oranna Chapel and late 16th century church of St. Martin. Ah, Berus does have a bit more than just its churches. There’s also an old fortification wall from the 16th century and a tall monument from the 20th century known as the European Monument. If you climb up on the platform you’ll see clear into France.
In the villages of Bisten and Altforweiler you’ll find two 18th century churches (St. Peters and St. Matthias, respectively), each worth at least a short visit. Longer if you like the art found in old churches.
But, it’s in the village of Felsberg that you’ll find the town’s haunted castle. It’s known as the Teufelsburg (Devil’s Castle) and the ruins of this 14th century Burg replaced the original one built three hundred years before it (it also went by a different name).
Teufelsburg is so called because legend tells that a knight sold his soul to the devil at this castle. It’s reported to be haunted because the knight’s cries are said to still be heard to this day. Creepy, but oh so worth the visit.
Überherrn is a wonderful town to visit, with beautiful countryside, great food, and delicious wine (which might just give you the courage to stop and see that haunted castle). Just don’t go making any deals with the devil while you’re there. ;-)