Saarburg (German pronunciation: [ˈzaːɐ̯bʊʁk], [ˈzaːɐ̯bʊʁç]) is a city of the Trier-Saarburg district, in the state of Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany, on the banks of the river Saar in the hilly country a few kilometers upstream from the Saar's junction with the Moselle. Now known as a tourist attraction, the river Leuk flows into the town center and makes a spectacular drop of some 60 feet before joining the larger Saar that bisects the town. The waterfall is the result of a 13th-century project to redirect the Leuk through the city center.
|• Mayor (2019–24)||Jürgen Dixius (CDU)|
|• Total||20.63 km2 (7.97 sq mi)|
|Elevation||159 m (522 ft)|
|• Density||360/km2 (940/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+01:00 (CET)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC+02:00 (CEST)|
|Vehicle registration||TR, SAB|
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[update] 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.
Saarburg has a proud history with bells, being the producers of bells for many German cathedrals.
Twin towns — sister citiesEdit
Saarburg is twinned with:
Born in SaarburgEdit
- Direktwahlen 2019, Landkreis Trier-Saarburg, Landeswahlleiter Rheinland-Pfalz, accessed 2 August 2021.
- "Bevölkerungsstand 2020, Kreise, Gemeinden, Verbandsgemeinden". Statistisches Landesamt Rheinland-Pfalz (in German). 2021.
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