The community of Marpingen was already settled at the times of the Romans and the Celts. Alsweiler, part of the community, was mentioned for the first time in a document dating from the 11th century. Today Marpingen is well known as a place for pilgrims, visited every year by thousands of pilgrims. In July 1876 it reached a Germany-wide high point when the Virgin Mary was said to have appeared to three young girls in the Härtelwald forest. The Härtelwaldkapelle (Härtelwald-chapel), the Stations of the Cross and the well at the site of the adoration of the Virgin Mary are places of asylum and of peace.
For the active, Marpingen offers attractive cycle and walking paths such as the premium trail Biberpfad and the Marienrundweg (St. Mary’s circular trail), which is part of the many pilgrims paths in the region of Sankt Wendel. The Saar-Oster-Höhen cyle path and the Saar-Nahe-Höhen cycle path link Marpingen with the Saarland cycle path network, which is supplemented by local paths. But also transregional walking trails such as the panorama trail Sankt Wendeler Land lead through the community. Marpingen is internationally known as one of four national glider plane centres, where national and international championships are held.
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The Hiwwelhaus (House on the Hill) in Alsweiler is the oldest preserved farm house in the Saarland, both in its authenticity and originality. The house was built in 1711/1712 in a style which asserted itself as the forerunner of the south-west farmhouse style throughout the Saarland and Lorraine. The outer walls of the living area are built out of massive sandstone, the stable and barn are...More
The Marienverehrung (Adoration of the Virgin Mary) in Marpingen has been known since the 15th century. In July 1876 it reached a remarkable peak Germany-wide, as three 8-year old girls reported the apparition of the Mother of Christ in the Härtelwald forest. Soon after Marpingen was publicly known as the “German Lourdes”. Even today the Marienverehrungsstätte (site of the Adoration of the...More
Marvelling at the region of Sankt Wendel from a bird´s eye perspective- this is possible with a scenic flight with a sailplane or a power glider from the glider airfield in Marpingen. The glider airport in Marpingen, beautifully located on a mountain ridge, is one of the four German elite centers for this type of sport. Each year sports competitions and flying meetings are held which...More