Baroque residence town with a lot of charm


Discover the beautiful, baroque spa town located in the southeastern corner of Saarland with cultural-historical traces worth seeing, Saarland cordiality, delicious star cuisine and rich nature. The Bliesgau Biosphere impresses with its diverse cultural and natural landscape with extensive scattered fruit meadows, valuable beech forests and an impressive floodplain landscape. Hiking and biking are the best ways to experience the charming landscape and enjoy the deceleration from everyday life.

Located in the heart of the Bliesgau Biosphere and with its baroque old town, Blieskastel is a small residential town with a lot of charm and has recently become a member of Cittaslow, the association of livable towns. Countess Marianne von der Leyen, who resided in Blieskastel in the 18th century, is responsible for this enchanting legacy. Here you can unwind and enjoy the day.

Visitors can experience Blieskastel's baroque setting particularly vividly on a guided tour of the town with Countess Marianne von der Leyen. Dressed in historical garb, a tour guide shows visitors the imposing alleys of the old town. The focal point of this baroque gem is the plane-lined Paradeplatz with the historic town hall. Not far from it is the old market square with the Napoleon Fountain. From here you can walk through the winding Pfarrgasse to Schlossbergstraße with its imposing court council houses. At the upper end of the street is Blieskastel's baroque showpiece, the Schlosskirche, which was consecrated in 1778.

In the immediate vicinity is the orangery with a beautiful, newly designed baroque garden. A few minutes away is the pilgrimage monastery with Holy Cross Chapel and Pieta. From up here you have a great view of the old town and the biosphere. If you walk a few steps further from the monastery, you will reach the Blieskastel Biosphere Garden, which is part of the " Eatable Biosphere City" project. Throughout the old town, you will discover raised beds and flowerbeds planted with herbs during the summer months. Here, snacking is expressly encouraged!

Guided tour of the old town of Blieskastel in baroque costume, Saarland

Guided tour of the old town of Blieskastel in baroque costume, Saarland

The landmark of Blieskastel is the 5,000-year-old Gollenstein, which is one of the oldest cultural monuments in Germany. With a height of about 7 meters, it is even the largest menhir in Central Europe. In the district of Niederwürzbach, at the Würzbacher Weiher, was the summer residence of the von der Leyen family. Of the once magnificent pleasure buildings, the Annahof, a former farm estate and the so-called Rote Bau are very well preserved. Numerous inns, cafés and huts invite you to take a rest after a nice walk around the pond.

Daybreak over the Gollenstein, the major landmark of Blieskastel, Saarland

Daybreak over the Gollenstein, the major landmark of Blieskastel, Saarland

The baroque town hall in the old town of Blieskastel, Saarland

The baroque town hall in the old town of Blieskastel, Saarland

Blieskastel is the center of the Bliesgau Biosphere. The gently rolling landscape of the Bliesgau Biosphere Reserve is characterized by extensive meadow orchards, valuable beech forests, species-rich dry grasslands and an impressive floodplain landscape traversed by the river that gives it its name, the Blies.

A real insider's tip for cyclists is the Bliestal Leisure Trail, which runs along a former railroad line right through the biosphere and from which you can start in the middle of Blieskastel. The approx. 17 km long route is barrier free and part of the Glan-Blies cycle path, which has been awarded 4 stars (ADFC).

The monastery gardens in Blieskastel with views over the monastery, Saarland

The monastery gardens in Blieskastel with views over the monastery, Saarland

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The Kneipp spa resort of Blieskastel is perfect for a break combining spa treatments, medical wellness, fitness and recuperation with historic attractions.