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.

Coat of arms of Saarburg
Location of Saarburg within Trier-Saarburg district
Saarburg in TR.svg
Saarburg is located in Germany
Saarburg is located in Rhineland-Palatinate
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
Municipal assoc.Saarburg-Kell
 • Mayor (2019–24) Jürgen Dixius[1] (CDU)
 • Total20.63 km2 (7.97 sq mi)
159 m (522 ft)
 • Total7,489
 • Density360/km2 (940/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
Postal codes
Dialling codes06581
Vehicle registrationTR, SAB

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


City and castle of Saarburg 1830

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.

Saarburg has a proud history with bells, being the producers of bells for many German cathedrals.

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


  1. ^ Direktwahlen 2019, Landkreis Trier-Saarburg, Landeswahlleiter Rheinland-Pfalz, accessed 2 August 2021.
  2. ^ "Bevölkerungsstand 2020, Kreise, Gemeinden, Verbandsgemeinden". Statistisches Landesamt Rheinland-Pfalz (in German). 2021.

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