The chequered history of the region of Sankt Wendel has left many interesting testimonies. Already from as early as the Neolithic, you will find relics of our early ancestors like the 15 ton Celtic menhir at Walhausen.
Celts, Romans and the Franken have put their stamp on the region and erected refuge forts and settlements. The Celtic tribe of the Treverer have left the largest existing circular ringwall fort in Europe on the Dollberg mountain near Otzenhausen, which served as protection against the Romans. At the crossroads of two important military roads, the remains of an important Roman settlement and a spa have been found during excavations in the Wareswald forest.
Various keeps, such as the ones in Nohfelden and Eisweiler, are today witness to the important estates from the time of the counts, dukes and sovereigns.
Also interesting is the history of the idyllically situated court estate Imsbach, which Napoleon presented to one of his officers for administration. Not far from there is the Johann-Adams-Mühle (Johann Adams mill) with its water wheel and the thatched roof. It is one of the last preserved milling complexes in the Saarland.
Old handyman’s art can still be seen in the old nail smithy in Sitzerath and at the show kiln for the production of charcoal in Walhausen.
In the year 1285, Willhelm Bossel von Stein built Burg Veldenz. Today, only the castle tower remains to be seen which, at the same time, is a memorial of nationwide significance and a landmark of Nohfelden. The first written reference to the castle dates 1286. At the same time it was passed to the Counts of Veldenz as a fiefdom. Part of the text of the then document is known today and can...More
The Hinkelstein near Walhausen is a ca. 4000 – 5000 year old menhir that is situated in the area known as “Vor Hinkelsborn” next to Walhausen precinct. The 15- ton heavy stone originates from the Neolithic Age (New Stone Age) and is one of the few witnesses to the first settlement in the region of Sankt Wendel. Beside this menhir, there are two further cult stones in the Saarland: the...More
The business of the nail smithies has a long tradition in the region of the Hochwald. In the mid-17th century the first ironworks had already been set up in the Hochwald. Shortly after the Thirty Years’ War, a Belgian established himself in the region as a nailer and took his materials from the ironworks found here. Everything that was needed for iron mining was in plentiful supply here:...More
Seized as national property during the French Revolution, Hofgut Imsbach in Theley was awarded as a gift to the Colonel de Cavalerie Louis Charles Narcisse Lapointe in the year 1811, by Napoleon himself. The Lapointe family formed the image of the estate until 1903. The Colonel, his grandson Louis Adalbert and his wife were laid to rest in the crypt below the estate chapel.
The large mill wheel continues to clatter with the rushing of the water, which is channelled from from the
nearby Imsbach stream to the old mill. The Johann-Adams mill is located in an idyllic setting in a valley
near Theley. The mill has been refitted in the typical style of the region,and many household objects of our
predecessors can be admired in the museum. In summer, it is possible...
Surely everyone knows the stories of Asterix and his Gallic friends? Here in Sankt Wendel county, the Celts left behind a colossal monument.When walking through the middle of the forest in Otzenhausen, you suddenly come across a wall, which, in part, is 10m high and made from large stone blocks. These would have served primarily as a protective wall around the Celtic settlement. According...More
The Liebenburg with its tower on the Schlossberg hill in Eisweiler is visible from afar and is a landmark of the community of Namborn. The castle was built around the close of the 12th century by the Bishops of Verdun and was initially referred to in writing in the year 1218. The name “Liebenburg” can be traced back to the knight Bogemond de Leivenberc who was appointed to be the lord of...More
Near Tholey an important Gallo-Roman settlement developed at the crossing point of the two important Roman roads from Metz to Mainz and from Trier to Strasbourg in the 1st century AD. The settlement stretched for about 1 kilometer along the road at the foot of the Schaumberg mountain. Moreover, the settlement area was extended downhill in terraces to the north and south. The established...More
The “Schaumeiler der Köhler” (charcoal mound kilns with a height of 2 meters) in the Walhauser Buchwald forest is a reminder of the charcoal production in pre-industrial times. At this time, charcoal was the most important energy supplier and was needed in huge amounts for the melting of copper ore for smelting.
To melt a single ton of ore, up to seven tons of charcoal were required....
Entdecken Sie die verwinkelten Gassen und historischen Plätze der Altstadt.
Berühmte Feldherren, Künstler, Gelehrte und sogar die Stammmutter der Windsors haben hier ihre Spuren hinterlassen.
In der malerischen Altstadt mit ihrer historischen Bausubstanz spürt man noch einen Hauch der bewegten Geschichte. Besonders am Fruchtmarkt und rund um die Wendelinusbasilika wurden die Fassaden der...More