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Saarburg is a city of the Trier-Saarburg district in the Rhineland-Palatinate state of Germany, on the banks of the Saar River in the hilly country a few kilometers upstream from the Saar's junction with the Moselle. Now known as a tourist attraction, the Leuk River flows into the town center and makes a spectacular drop of some 60 feet before joining the larger Saar River that bisects the town. The waterfall is the result of a 13th-century project to redirect the Leuk through the city center.

Coat of arms of Saarburg
Coat of arms
Saarburg   is located in Germany
Location of Saarburg within Trier-Saarburg district
Saarburg in TR.svg
Coordinates: 49°37′N 6°33′E / 49.617°N 6.550°E / 49.617; 6.550Coordinates: 49°37′N 6°33′E / 49.617°N 6.550°E / 49.617; 6.550
Country Germany
State Rhineland-Palatinate
District Trier-Saarburg
Municipal assoc. Saarburg
 • Mayor Jürgen Dixius (CDU)
 • Total 20.36 km2 (7.86 sq mi)
Elevation 159 m (522 ft)
Population (2016-12-31)[1]
 • Total 7,308
 • Density 360/km2 (930/sq mi)
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes 54439
Dialling codes 06581
Vehicle registration TR, SAB

Saarburg is the seat of the Verbandsgemeinde ("collective municipality") Saarburg. The area around Saarburg is noted for the cultivation of Riesling grapes.



The history of the city begins with the construction of the now-ruined castle by Graf Siegfried of Luxembourg in 964. It received its town charter in 1291. The city has a bell foundry, the Glockengießerei Mabilion, which has been in operation since the 1770s, and as of 2003 the only one in Germany that makes bronze bells.

From 1945 to 1948 Saarburg was occupied by troops from Luxembourg. From 18 July 1946 to 6 June 1947 Onsdorf, in its then municipal boundary, formed part of the Saar Protectorate. French troops complemented the occupation until 1955.

Twin towns — sister citiesEdit

Saarburg is twinned with:

Stained glass by Werner Persy in the Protestant Church Saarburg

Born in SaarburgEdit

  • Erwin Menny (1893-1949), lieutenant general in the Second World War
  • Marianne Baum (1912-1942), resistance fighter against Nazism


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