The tales of the Nibelungenlied are the star attraction in this handsome town with a fascinating museum on the subject.
Dirty your hands with printer’s ink as you get to grips with early printing technology in the town where it was invented.
3 The Romantic Rhine
The classic castle-hopping route along the Rhine Gorge.
Clamber up a series of chains and ladders or take a laidback 1950s chairlift to this classic Rhine viewpoint.
5 The Nürburgring
Zip around one of the world’s most infamous motor-racing circuits.
Cosy up in a half-timbered Weinstube and try some of the Mosel’s fine wines.
Wander Europe’s most impressive Roman remains – complete with baths and amphitheatre.
8 Völklinger Hütte
The rusting carcass of the Saarland’s steel industry has been preserved as a fascinating monument to the region’s industrial heritage.