Saarburg Waterfall

Saarburg, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany

About Saarburg Waterfall


Hiking Distance: 500m round trip
Suggested Time: 30-45 minutes

Date first visited: 2018-06-19
Date last visited: 2018-06-19

Waterfall Latitude: 49.60793
Waterfall Longitude: 6.55105

The Saarburg Waterfall was a charming urban waterfall spilling within the old town (altstadt) of the medieval city of Saarburg.

While we tend to have negative perceptions of urbanized man-modified waterfalls, the developed surroundings actually added a bit of charm and atmosphere to the overall experience.

Saarburg_Waterfall_017_06182018 - The Saarburg Waterfall
The Saarburg Waterfall

For starters, the waterfall was flanked by historical buildings including a water mill that diverted some of the water to a waterwheel at the base of the falls.

The buildings were made in the traditional half-timbered style that really amped up the cuteness and charm factor.

Such architectural styles seemed prevalent in all the German speaking countries we’ve visited so far (namely Germany, Austria, and Switzerland).

As for the Saarburg Waterfall itself, it spilled over 60ft on the Leuk Stream (Leukbach) before joining the Saar River.

Saarburg_Waterfall_004_06182018 - From the bridge above the car park we used, this was the view towards the Old Saarburg at the confluence of the Leukbach and the Saar River
From the bridge above the car park we used, this was the view towards the Old Saarburg at the confluence of the Leukbach and the Saar River

The Saar River ultimately joined up with the famed Mosel River (or Moselle in French) further downstream.

The Leukbach was said to be channeled through the Saarburg City Center as a result of a 13th century project, which thereby resulted in the creation of the Saarburg Waterfall.

Experiencing the Saarburg Waterfall

While there were many ways to reach the Saarburg Waterfall after leaving the car at one of several car parks in and around town, we’ll describe our walking route.

This started from the car park that was near the Alt (Old) Saarburg (see directions below).

Saarburg_Waterfall_006_06182018 - Walking through Staden in the lower extremes of Old Saarburg
Walking through Staden in the lower extremes of Old Saarburg

From the car park, we walked beneath the bridge supporting the L132 road.

Then, we followed the narrow street called Staden through the lower extremes of Old Saarburg.

After roughly 200m along this relatively quiet street, we then reached a fork.

Keeping straight at the fork led us to a dead-end right a mill called the Hackenberger Mühle.

Saarburg_Waterfall_009_06182018 - Ascending a sloping alleyway leading us up to the overlooks of the Saarburg Waterfall
Ascending a sloping alleyway leading us up to the overlooks of the Saarburg Waterfall

Going left at the fork led us up a narrow, twisting, and sloping alleyway before we eventually arrived at an overlook about 50m or so up this climb.

At this vantage point, we managed to get direct frontal views of the Saarburg Waterfall (like what you see at the top of this page).

Continuing a few more paces up the sloping alleyway, we then arrived at a street junction near the Sankt Laurentius Catholic Church.

Keeping right at this junction, we followed the Leukbach further upstream while flanked by cute cafes and shops called Klein Venedig or “Little Venice”, which appeared to be the heart of the historical city.

Saarburg_Waterfall_109_06182018 - This section is called Klein Venedig or 'Little Venice' where charming buildings fronted by shops and cafes flanked the Leukbach upstream of the Saarburg Waterfall
This section is called Klein Venedig or ‘Little Venice’ where charming buildings fronted by shops and cafes flanked the Leukbach upstream of the Saarburg Waterfall

There were pedestrian bridges across the Leukbach, which allowed us to experience top down views of the waterfall from both sides.

In addition, we noticed there were more cafes and shops on the opposite side of the watercourse.

So one could relax and soak in the ambience of the historical center of the medieval city with the sounds of the waterfall itself.

Overall, we spent less than an hour away from the car though it’s easy to spend more or less time here (possibly in less than 30 minutes) depending on how much time you’re willing to linger.

Saarburg_Waterfall_085_06182018 - Looking downstream over the top of the Saarburg Waterfall flanked by colorful flowers
Looking downstream over the top of the Saarburg Waterfall flanked by colorful flowers

Finally, something that we noticed regarding German and Austrian waterfalls was that there tended to be many different spellings or pronunciations referring to what we’re calling the Saarburg Waterfall.

Thus, you might see the falls referred to as (der) Wasserfall Saarburg or Saarburg Wasserfall, which would be the way German speakers would refer to it.

Authorities

The Saarburg Waterfall resides in the town of Saarburg in the state of Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany. It may be administered by the Saarburg government. For information or inquiries about the area as well as current conditions, you may try visiting the Saarburg website.

Saarburg_Waterfall_007_06182018 - After walking through the Straden in Old Saarburg, we then came upon this junction with a steeply ramping and narrow road en route to the lookouts for the Saarburg Waterfall
Saarburg_Waterfall_008_06182018 - Going up the narrow and steeply ascending alleyway towards the lookouts for the Saarburg Waterfall
Saarburg_Waterfall_011_06182018 - First look directly at the Saarburg Waterfall from the overlook along the twisting sloping alleyway in Saarburg
Saarburg_Waterfall_025_06182018 - Looking down towards the water diversion channel leading downstream from the Saarburg Waterfall towards a waterwheel
Saarburg_Waterfall_030_06182018 - Context of Julie checking out the Saarburg Waterfall from the overlook by the ascending alleyway
Saarburg_Waterfall_039_06182018 - Zoomed in on the Saarburg Waterfall and the water diversion towards the base of the waterfall
Saarburg_Waterfall_041_06182018 - Another focused look at the Saarburg Waterfall and the water diversion towards the bottom of the waterfall
Saarburg_Waterfall_042_06182018 - Context of the Saarburg Waterfall and the interesting historical buildings around it
Saarburg_Waterfall_049_06182018 - Looking towards the context of the first lookout of the Saarburg Waterfall that we stopped at to check out
Saarburg_Waterfall_050_06182018 - At the top of the sloping twisting alleyway, we were at a street corner next to this church, which was the Sankt Laurentius Catholic Church
Saarburg_Waterfall_051_06182018 - Looking downstream from the bridge atop the Saarburg Waterfall
Saarburg_Waterfall_054_06182018 - Focused look at the Saarburg Waterfall topped by some apartments and businesses at their bottom
Saarburg_Waterfall_061_06182018 - Looking down at the lower section of the Saarburg Waterfall from next to the Altstadt Eck
Saarburg_Waterfall_064_06182018 - Looking back towards the Sankt Laurentius Catholic Church as I was walking towards the bridge above the brink of the Saarburg Waterfall
Saarburg_Waterfall_066_06182018 - Following along a narrow street en route to the brink of the Saarburg Waterfall and the charming commercial area upstream from it
Saarburg_Waterfall_078_06182018 - Looking upstream from the bridge above the brink of the Saarburg Waterfall showing a little bit of the falling water below
Saarburg_Waterfall_081_06182018 - Portrait view of the upstream watercourse lined with cafes and shops as seen from the brink of the Saarburg Waterfall
Saarburg_Waterfall_106_06182018 - Looking across the brink of the Saarburg Waterfall towards the Sankt Laurentius Church
Saarburg_Waterfall_112_06182018 - View further upstream of the Saarburg Waterfall towards another footbridge nestled between some charming cafes and old buildings of the old town
Saarburg_Waterfall_114_06182018 - Looking down over the brink of the Saarburg Waterfall from the bridge right above it
Saarburg_Waterfall_121_06182018 - Looking towards one of the bridges well upstream of the Saarburg Waterfall in the old town of Saarburg
Saarburg_Waterfall_126_06182018 - This was the view downstream from the upper bridge over the Leukbach in the heart of the Old Saarburg
Saarburg_Waterfall_136_06182018 - Looking downstream from the Saarburg Waterfall as we headed back towards the parked car in the lower part of the town of Saarburg
Saarburg_Waterfall_142_06182018 - Looking towards the backside of the Sankt Laurentius Church in Old Saarburg
Saarburg_Waterfall_149_06182018 - Looking towards the dead-end at the bottom of the twisting sloping alleyway in Saarburg, where there were the buildings on the other side of the mill and channel
Saarburg_Waterfall_153_06182018 - Walking back through the Straden alleyway downstream of the Saarburg Waterfall as we were returning to the car park we used to end the excursion

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The Saarburg Waterfall is situated in the heart of the city of Saarburg.

While there are many ways to reach this landlocked city, we’ll describe how we did it from the city center of Trier.

Driving from Trier to the nearest car park for Saarburg Waterfall

From the Trier Innenstadt (city center), we drove northwest along Nordallee then Lindenstrasse (or Lindenstraße) before turning left onto the busy B49 road along the Moselle River.

It became the B51 after about 3km.

From there, the most direct route would be to continue on the B51 for about 21km into the city of Beurig.

Approaching the bridge over the Saar River, we would then take the ramp on the right towards Guterstrasse (or Güterstraße).

Once we’re able to do so, we’d then turn left onto Guterstrasse and follow it for 200m before turning left onto Bruckenstrasse (or Brückenstraße).

Then, we’d drive roughly 280m along Bruckenstrasse before turning right at the first opportunity immediately after crossing the Saar River but before entering the tunnel.

Saarburg_Waterfall_001_06182018 - The car park beneath the bridge that we used by the Alt Saarburg
The car park beneath the bridge that we used by the Alt Saarburg

Once on the exit, continue downhill before turning right once again.

Then, as the road heads back towards the underside of the bridge, the car park will be on the left.

Alternate Route from Trier to the nearest car park for Saarburg Waterfall

We actually took a different route than the direct one described above.

From where the B51 started and the B49 ended, we then continued on the B51 for another 10km.

Then, we took the exit for Tawern and followed the K112 Road for about 6km to its junction with the L135 Road.

Turning left onto the L135 Road, we then kept on this road for the next 5km as we entered the town of Saarburg.

Saarburg_Waterfall_047_06182018 - Sometimes following the GPS was not a good thing because it made us go down this very narrow alleyway and through some local streets before finally getting us to the car park on the other side of the Straden street in Old Saarburg
Sometimes following the GPS was not a good thing because it made us go down this very narrow alleyway and through some local streets before finally getting us to the car park on the other side of the Straden street in Old Saarburg

At the roundabout, the GPS then had us take the second exit (instead of the third exit which would have been better; more on that later) towards Auf dem Graben.

We then followed Auf dem Grabel for about 150m before turning left onto Kunohof (which seemed to be a restricted traffic area, but since we were early enough, I guess we managed to drive through it without difficulty).

After about 100m, we then turned right onto the narrow sloping alleyway by the St Laurentius Kirchen (Laurentiusberg).

That was where we then followed this narrow road for the remaining 250m to the car park on the right beneath the bridge.

This drive from Trier took us about 40 minutes.

Saarburg_Waterfall_003_06182018 - Looking down at the narrow Straden street from the bridge above the car park we parked at near the Saarburg Waterfall
Looking down at the narrow Straden street from the bridge above the car park we parked at near the Saarburg Waterfall

Now in hindsight, taking the L135 Road into Saarburg, we should have gotten off the third exit at the roundabout to get onto Graf-Siegfried-Strasse (Graf-Siegfried-Straße) and follow this road for about 400m to the next roundabout.

Turning right at this roundabout, we’d then enter the tunnel and look for the exit on the left shortly after leaving the tunnel.

Then, we’d descend the ramp and turn right to get to the car park beneath the bridge.

Finally, for some geographical context, Saarburg was about 24km (under 30 minutes drive without traffic) southwest from from Trier, 46km (under an hour drive) east of Luxembourg City, Luxembourg, 119km (under 90 minutes drive) southwest of Cochem, 151km (over 90 minutes drive) southwest of Koblenz, and 208km (2.5 hours drive) west of Frankfurt.

Back and forth left to right sweep then back at the waterfall and surroundings from the lowest viewpoint


Sweep looking right down at the falls from the lookout on the opposite side of the channel


Long video checking out the falls from two diferent spots with the last spot at the lowest viewpoint with a decent sweep showing the mill and the falls

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