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Glan-Blies Cycle Route - Stage 1 (Sarreguemines - Blieskastel)

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The first leg of the Glan Blies Cycle Route runs predominantly along a disused railway line near the Blies river. Packed with culture and nature, don’t miss out on the chance to take a tour to explore the starting point of Sarreguemines. You also need lots of time for exploration along the route – this leg has plenty of variety and adventure, including a protected orchid plantation, the European Archaeological Park at Bliesbruck-Reinheim and the baroque old town of Blieskastel.
Distance 32.7 km
2:15 h
82 m
57 m

 The route starts at Sarreguemines train station. The town of Sarreguemines is located at the point where the Blies river flows into the Saar and is famous for its ceramics industry.

We recommend a visit to the casino, which enjoys an idyllic location on the banks of the Saar.

The journey takes you along a designated cycle path (shared with the Saarland Cycle Route) into the Saarland, passing through a large number of small towns and villages, most of which take their name from the river Blies. The route is nice and flat here.

The first highlight: The European Archaeological Park at Bliesbruck-Reinheim is open daily from mid-March until October and provides a wealth of interesting information about the history of the region. 

You pedal through the Bliesgau Biosphere Reserve until you reach Gersheim, which has a protected orchid plantation .Continuing along the idyllic Blies, you soon reach your overnight destination of Blieskastel.

 The city is part of the Saar-Palatinate Baroque Route and is a Kneipp spa resort. You will love the picturesque old town with its fountains, courtyards and half-timbered buildings. The most significant buildings are the Orangery, Schlosskirche church and Holy Cross Chapel, which is over 300 years old.

Author’s recommendation

The European Archaeological Park at Bliesbruck-Reinheim is well worth a visit.
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Update: September 27, 2021
Highest point
246 m
Lowest point
194 m
Best time of year

Rest Stop

Taverne Reinheim
Hotel Zur Post
Hotel Bliesbrück
Campingplatz Walsheim

Safety information

Some parts of the trail offer very little shade in summer. There are lots of rest stops along the way, but we recommend taking plenty of drinks with you.

Tips and hints

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57200 Sarreguemines (Frankreich) (194 m)
49.112893, 7.068552
49°06'46.4"N 7°04'06.8"E
32U 359052 5441802


66440 Blieskastel

Turn-by-turn directions

The route starts at Sarreguemines train station. It can be a little difficult to find the signs here, but the first section runs parallel to the Saarland Cycle Route so you can also follow those signs. Hugging the Blies, the cycle route passes through the towns of Guersviller, Blies-Schweyen, Bliesmengen-Bolchen and Habkirchen en route to Bliesbruck. The European Archaeological Park is directly on the route and is well worth a visit. The remainder of the route is on a designated cycle path through more small towns and villages including Gersheim, Bliesdalheim, Breitfurt and Blickweiler. The destination of Blieskastel has a charming baroque old town with a range of interesting buildings and cosy places to stop for a break.


all notes on protected areas

Public transport


This tour is easily accessible by bus and rail.

Both Sarreguemines und Blieskastel are accessible by rail.

However, it is seldom possible to make the return journey by public transport when carrying a bike. There are good connections between Blieskastel and Saarbrücken. From there, you can take the suburban railway to Sarreguemines. However, bicycle transportation is rarely permitted. This tour is therefore designed as a single stage of a multi-day tour.

Getting there

Sarreguemines (France)

A6 to Saarbrücken-Güdingen exit

B51 to Kleinblittersdorf

D82A to Sarreguemines 


A8 to Einöd exit

B423 to Blieskastel


Parking spaces in Sarreguemines.

Parking spaces available in Blieskastel, e.g. at the train station or near the town hall


49.112893, 7.068552
49°06'46.4"N 7°04'06.8"E
32U 359052 5441802
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

Glan-Blies Cycle Route leaflet - Glan-Blies route available free of charge from:

Author’s map recommendations

Glan-Blies Cycle Route - Cycle map 1:50.000 available free of charge from:


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A good bike, an explorer’s attitude and something to eat – that’s all you need on this tour.
Please wear a helmet. Touring bicycle or bike with multiple gears, weatherproof clothing, drinks and supplies.

Basic Equipment for Bicycle Touring

  • Cycling helmet
  • Cycling gloves
  • Sturdy, comfortable and preferably waterproof footwear
  • Layered, moisture wicking clothing
  • Rucksack (with rain cover)
  • Protection against sun, rain and wind (hat, sunscreen, water- and windproof jacket)
  • Sunglasses
  • Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
  • First aid kit
  • Bivy / survival bag  
  • Survival blanket
  • Headlamp
  • Pocket knife
  • Whistle
  • Cell phone
  • Cash
  • Navigation equipment / map and compass
  • Emergency contact details
  • ID

Technical Equipment for Bicycle Touring

  • Air pump or CO2 pump including cartridges
  • Puncture repair kit
  • Replacement inner tube
  • Tire levers
  • Chain tool
  • Hex keys
  • Spoke wrench
  • Zip ties
  • Lubricant
  • Screwdrivers
  • Phone / device holder as required  
  • Bike lock as required
  • Where applicable, the bike must meet requirements for road use by having a bell, front and rear lamps and spoke reflectors
  • Luggage system as required for length of journey: panniers with racks
  • Handlebar / frame / saddle bags   
  • Mudguards recommended

Camping Equipment

  • Tent (3- or 4-season)
  • Stove (including fuel and utensils)
  • Sleeping mat. Sleeping bag with suitable temperature rating.
  • Food
  • Toiletries and medication
  • Toilet paper

Things to Bring if Staying in a Hostel

  • Toiletries and medication
  • Quick-drying towel  
  • Ear plugs
  • Sleeping bag liner
  • Sleepwear
  • Alpine club membership card if applicable / ID
  • The 'basic' and 'technical' equipment lists are generated based on the selected activity. They are not exhaustive and only serve as suggestions for what you should consider packing.
  • For your safety, you should carefully read all instructions on how to properly use and maintain your equipment.
  • Please ensure that the equipment you bring complies with local laws and does not include restricted items.

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