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A waterway between natural landscapes and industrial zones

Saar River | Germany: Characteristics & Overview

Rating of waterway

Length of waterway: 74 km
Number of locks: 7
Lock dimensions: 40.00 x 6.75
Max. depth: 3.00
Max. headroom: 4.75
Degree of difficulty: Demanding
Requirements: Boating license essential
Character of waterway: back to nature, with urban surroundings
Profile of waterway: Main waterway
Facilities groundside: Good

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Waterway has access to:

Canal de la Sarre (Houilleres de la Sarre) | Canal in France
Mosel River | Germany

The Saar,
the small sister of the Mosel, has its source in the Vosges of northerly Alsace and crosses then Lothringen and Saarland. With its length of 246 km it is one of the smaller rivers. It is navigable from Konz, on the Mosel, to Saarbrücken, which means for 88 km. There, navigation continues on the French Saar-Kohle-Kanal, later it flows into the Canal de la Marne au Rhin.
Together with these two canals and the northerly, French Mosel (Moselle), the Saar is an important part of the famous Sauerkraut-Tour, the big bend through Lothringen, the Saarland and the Mosel. We warmly recommend this tour to anyone. It is surely one of the most varied and beautiful in middle Europe. Efforts are made to open this Sauerkrauttour to house boat tourism. The biggest problem is the Inland Navigation Law for Saar and German Mosel.

The Saarland has, just like the neighbors Lothringen and Alsace a changeful history between France and Germany. In 1935 it became finally German again. Perhaps this is the reason that people here feel above all to be a “Saarländer”.
It offers beautiful landscapes, huge woodlands, lovely wine yards and the according villages to them.

A visit to the “Völkinger Hütte” at Völkingen is worthwhile. This “Cathedral of work” belongs to the World Cultural Heritage of UNESCO.

Houill Houilleres de la Sarre, Alsace - Lorraine / Saar-Kohle-Kanal at Lothringen
This former coal canal goes from the Canal de la Marne au Rhin at Condrexange northwards and flows into the Sarre (Saar) at Sarreguemines (Saargmünd). This river forms then the border to France for some kilometers before turning to the northwest, towards the Mosel. With this connection, it only just became navigable again all through, a pleasurable round trip is possible, the so called “Sauerkrauttour”.
This tour passes through Alsace and Lorraine (Elsass and Lothringen), thus regions, with a very changeful history, being “recaptured” by France and Germany for several times.