|• Mayor||Jürgen Dixius (CDU)|
|• Total||20.36 km2 (7.86 sq mi)|
|Elevation||159 m (522 ft)|
|• Density||350/km2 (910/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)|
|Vehicle registration||TR, SAB|
Saarburg is a city of the Trier-Saarburg district in the Rhineland-Palatinate state of Germany, on the banks of the Saar River in the hilly country a few kilometers upstream from the Saar's junction with the Moselle. Now known as a tourist attraction, the Leuk River flows into the town center and makes a spectacular drop of some 60 feet before joining the larger Saar River that bisects the town. The waterfall is the result of a 13th-century project to redirect the Leuk through the city center.
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[update] 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.
Twin towns — sister cities
Saarburg is twinned with:
Born in Saarburg
- Erwin Menny (1893-1949), lieutenant general in the Second World War
- Marianne Baum (1912-1942), resistance fighter against Nazism
- "Gemeinden in Deutschland mit Bevölkerung am 31. Dezember 2015" (PDF). Statistisches Bundesamt (in German). 2016.
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