Saarland

The Saarland, a tiny province in the far west of Germany on the Luxembourg/French border, is a good place to sample both German cycle touring and start a cycle trip beyond its borders:

The River Saar with its towpath offers a connection north to Trier in the Moselle valley, and south via Saar Coal Mine Canal to reach the Vosges and Strasbourg.

The Saarlorlux Cycle Route connects Luxembourg, Metz, Saarbrücken and Trier and crosses parts of Lorraine, Luxembourg and Saarland.

The Saarland Provincial Tourist Office has a website in English with information about cycle routes and a list of Bed and Bike accommodation where cyclists are made especially welcome.

Saarbrücken has excellent rail connections to Paris and Frankfurt and even an airport with some international flights.

For once there is no shortage of bicycle hire outlets.

The provincial tourist office also has a list of bike hire facilities in German (http://www.tourismus.saarland.de/urlaubsfinder/aktivurlaub/1474_DEU_tzs.php) which may well be more up to date than this one.


Saarlouis


Fahrrad Schwarz

Bahnhofstr.16

66740 Saarlouis-Fraulautern

Tel. 06831/80472

open: daily 9:00 - 12:00 und 14:00 - 19:00, Saturdays until 14:00

Bicycle rental, sale, repair, service, spare parts and accessories


Diakonisches Werk an der Saar Fahrrad-Service-Station Saarlouis

This church backed organisation offers work to the unemployed and training to those without an apprenticeship. The bikes will not be new, but reconditioned and none the worse for this. They will be reliable.

Donatusstr. 13

66740 Saarlouis-Roden

Tel. +49 (0)6831/87592

Open: daily 8:00 – 16:00,

Fridays until 14.30

Bike rental, no repairs, guaranteed secondhand bikes for sale

Bicycles can be delivered from the Saarlouis railway station to your holiday start point.

Office/workshop on the railway station

open: daily 8:00 - 17:00

Friday until 18:00



Völklingen


STADT-RAD - Fahrradverleih

The above mentioned Diakonisches Werk an der Saar, the city of Völklingen and the provincial government set up a bicycle rental service in July 2006. This can be found very near the railway station in Völklingen in the GLOBUS Passage, Rathausstraße. It is open from Monday to Friday: 10:00 - 16:00

Tel.: +49 (0) 68 98 / 50 31 74 or 29 62 32

Prices:

Basic Charge: 3 Euro/day, each day afterwards 1 Euro,

Weekends (Friday-Monday): 5 Euro

Bike deposit: 20 Euro


Homburg (Saar)


STADTRAD

Kirchenstr. 7

66424 Homburg (Saar)

Tel.: +49 (0)6841/ 31 88

Web Site: www.stadtrad-homburg.de/ (in German)

This bike shop offers repair, service, new bike sales in addition to a bicycle rental service.

Open: Monday - Friday 10:00 - 18:30

Saturday 10:00 - 14:00


Schwalbach


Zweirad Schellhase, Hauptstr. 194, 66773 Schwalbach

Tel.: 06834/52079 Fax: 06834/51684, eMail: info@zweirad-schellhase.de

http://www.zweirad-schellhase.de/ (in German)

This bike shop offers repair, service, new bike sales in addition to a bicycle rental service.

Open: Monday - Friday 08:30 - 12:00 14:00 - 18:30

Saturday 08:30 - 14:00

November - February closed Wednesday afternoons


Mettlach


U. Hoffmann Fahrräder, Bicycles Service, Rental

Von Boch-Liebig Str. 5

66693 Mettlach

Tel.: +49 (0)6864/303

Fax: +49 (0)6864/594


Nennig (Moselle valley)


Verkehrsverein Nennig e.V. (Tourist Office in Perl-Nennig)

Bübinger Straße 5

D-66706 Nennig

Tel.: +(49) (0)6866 · 1439

Fax: +(49) (0)6866 · 1278

eMail: info(at)nennig.de

Website: www.Nennig.de (in German)

Bicycle hire 10 Euro per day with a reduction after three days.

Open: April to October: Monday - Friday: 10:00 - 12:00 nnd 14:00 - 16:00

November to March:

Monday and Tuesday: 10:00 - 12:00

Wednesday - Friday: 14:00 - 16:00 Uhr


Saarbrücken


Fahrradfachhandel Schulz + Schade,

Vorstadtstr. 45,

66117 Saarbrücken, Tel.: +49(0)681-52676,

Internet: www.schulz-schade.de

This bicycle shop offers electrobikes in addition to a number of touring bikes.

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