Saarloop with lookout Cloef
Saarloop - landmark of the Saarland
The exceptional view from the Saarloop stays with a lot of Saarland-visitors even after their visit. Marvel at the unique miracle of nature, build from the sheer power of water. Extended over millions of years, the river has cut deep into the quartzite hills and created a natural experience that has no equal. The probably most known landmark of the Saarland can be explored by bicycle, hiking boots or boat trip.
The Saarloop starts shortly behind the district Besseringen (part of Merzig) and ends in Mettlach. The linear distance between Besseringen and Mettlach is roughly two kilometers; the Saar however, does a romantical diversion of nearly ten kilometers. Church St. Gangolf, the former monastery complex and the castle ruin of Montclair can be found along the wooded ridges of the Saarloop. The only town that is close to the Saarloop is Dreisbach, where you can ferry to. A hiking and cyclisting trail runs along the inner loop as well as the other loop.
The most beautiful and well known lookout to the Saarloop offers the lookout "Cloef" in Orscholz, 180m over the river. Cloef is a rocky lookout in the vertex of the Saarloop, exactly where the prominent rock formation of the quartzite hills extends down to the Saar.
There are a lot of different versions where the name Cloef derives from. Two explanations are primarily faved. First, the dialectal version of the German "Chef", that means cliffs in Low German. This one would match the rock formation where the Cloef shelter is located. Another version derives the name from the Celts, thus would mean "steep valley".
[Excerpt out of the Chronicles of Orscholz from Dr. Albert Enderlein]
The only ferry across the Saar river has its landing place directly in the Saar loop, in Steinbach. The ferry takes pedestrians and bicyclists to the other side. The Ferry ride is part of our hiking tour "Saarschleife Tafeltour".
Hours of operation:
April to October: daily from 10:00 a.m. - 5:50 p.m.
Monday: no operation
November and March: Operation on weekends, closed from December to February
Cost per crossing:
Adults 2.00 euro (€ 2.00)
Bicycles 50 cents (€ 0.50),
Children under 15 years 50 cents (€ 0.50)
Ticket of ten for adults 16,00 €
Drive to the lookout
You can find the lookout Cloef in the district Orscholz. You can find parking lots close to the conference and visitor's center Cloef-Atrium. The footpath from Atrium to lookout (ca. 5-10 min) is signposted.