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Regional specialities

No one should visit Saarland without trying a Lyoner – a ring of frankfurter-style sausage. Best eaten with Kerschdscher, diced raw potatoes sautéed in hot fat, although it's also good with warm potato salad or simply with bread and mustard.
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Dibbelabbes is made of grated raw potato, dried meat and leeks, cooked slowly in a "Dibbe" (pot). Apple sauce is the perfect accompaniment.

Gefillde are potato dumplings filled with mince, liver sausage, pepper and salt.

Schales – Derived from the word Schalen which refers to the crispy bits that form while frying. Same mixture as for Dibbelabbe“, but here it is sautéed in a pan and turned constantly.

Grummbeerkieschelscher (potato cakes): Grated raw potatoes mixed with eggs, flour, grated onions and seasoning, fried in plenty of oil until golden. Often served with a Saarland apple wine, known as Viez.

Hoorische are elongated potato dumplings which are cooked slowly in simmering water. The recommended accompaniment is a creamy bacon sauce, or sauerkraut.

For Verheiratete, raw potatoes are cut into small chips and cooked in salted water. A mixture is made from eggs, flour and a pinch of salt and nutmeg and dropped from the spoon into simmering water. The "flour dumplings" and cooked potatoes are layered in a serving dish and a sauce made from rendered dried meat and cream is poured over the top.

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Highlights in brief

  • Saarbrücken
    State capital, old quarter, golf
  • Saarlouis
    Fortress, museums
  • Völklingen
    Late 19th century houses, Völklingen Ironworks – UNESCO world heritage site Nonnweiler
    Health resort, reservoir, public observatory, astronomy trail
  • Saarburg
    1,000-year-old town, Leukbach waterfall
  • Freisen
    "Sea of rocks" natural monument, viaduct, museums
  • Mettlach
    Health resort, Saar Bow, Montclair Castle Benedictine abbey, ceramics museum, Villeroy & Boch
  • St. Wendel
    Historical old quarter, basilica, Sculpture Route, museums, golf
  • Nohfelden
    Lake Bostalsee, golf
  • Perl-Borg
    Baroque gardens, Roman villa, mosaic floor