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

Long Distance Cycling

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.

  • Type Long Distance Cycling
  • Difficulty easy
  • Duration 2:20 h
  • Distance 33 km
  • Ascent 66 m
  • Descent 44 m
  • Lowest point 194 m
  • Highest point 246 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.

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.

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.

The European Archaeological Park at Bliesbruck-Reinheim is well worth a visit.

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.

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

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.

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



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




Map and arrival

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