Take this Vacation Home as your starting point for trips to the following destinations within the local area.
A highlight visible from the Vacation Home is the Schlossberghöhlen (Schlossberg caves), which are colorful sandstone caves inside the Schlossberg in Homburg. The city of Homburg describes the caves as the biggest, colorful sandstone caves in Europe. The caves were formed from both natural and man-made sandstone. The caves are 12 stories high and extend over an area of 140 x 60 meters (460 x 197 feet). Distance to the caves is approx. 4 km (2.5 miles).
The castle remains of Hohenburg is located on the 325 m (1066 ft.) high Schlossberg mountain right above the Schlossberghöhlen in Homburg/Saar. The castle was erected in the 12th century by the Earl of Homburg as his domicile and high castle. Over the centuries, it was a place of constant fighting and was important in the formation of the city of Homburg, especially regarding the integration of the surrounding villages and farms. The castle grounds were finally destroyed in 1714, but the stones of the ruins were used in the construction of the Schloss Karlsberg. Beginning in 1981, the remains were unearthed and restored. The castle remains of Hohenburg are also known as Castle Homburg or Fortress Hohenburg. Distance to the castle remains: approx. 4 km (2.5 miles).
The Roman museum Schwarzenacker is an archeological outdoor museum in Schwarzenacker, a district of Homburg/Saar. The museum shows the remains of a Roman Vicus (neighborhood), important to many nationwide, and existed from the birth of Christ until its destruction by the Alamannen in the year 275. Visitors will find unearthed buildings, outdoor facilities, streets, and canals next to the Edelhaus and other reconstructed houses of the Vicus. In those houses, visitors will discover important findings from the daily lives of the Roman population, which originate from the village and the surrounding area. Distance to the museum: approx. 7.5 km (4.5 miles).
Jägersburg is located in the middle of vast forests, which are the continuation of the Pfälzerwald, and known for its many ponds and lakes. The entire surrounding area of the village serves as a local recreation area, welcoming many visitors year-round from Saarland and the adjacent Westpfalz. Next to the ponds and lakes are attractions, such as the Abenteuerpark (adventure park) Homburg – a climbing park with various levels of difficulty, next to the Brückweiher – as well as the Arboretum, where rare trees are grown. Distance to the recreation area: approx. 5.7 km (3.5 miles).
The Biosphere Reserve Bliesgau, a recognized UNESCO site, is located in Southeast Saarland on the border with the French region of Lothringen (Lorraine) and Rhineland-Pfalz. It encompasses an area of 36,000 hectares (90,000 acres) and is shaped by forests, orchards, and pastures alongside the Blies river. The vast variety of animal and plant species, as well as the co-mingling of urban and rural space, work to shape a unique region. Distance to the biosphere reserve: approx. 15 km (9.5 miles).
The partially-preserved castle grounds from the 11th century offers visitors a beautiful view from a tower and several unearthed sites to see. In summertime, there is a medieval market at the foot of the castle providing an impression of life during the middle ages. Distance to the castle: approx. 12 km (7.5 miles).
The Barockstraße SaarPfalz is a tourist-based, scenic road leading through Saarland and Westpfalz. It is a project of the County of Neunkirchen, the City Association of Saarbrücken, the City of Zweibrücken and the Saarpfalz District and combines the baroque centers of the region from the time between 1650 and 1800 with the older, historically grown, cultural landscapes over current County and District borders. The length of the drive is approx. 250 kilometers (155 miles) long and was established as a scenic route in 2007. The main route leads through the former royal court towns of Ottweiler, Zweibrücken, Blieskastel, and Saarbrücken. The Vacation Home is located along the main route of the Barockstraße.