Wiltingen (population 1.449)
Wiltingen is that centre of Riesling production on the lower Saar, with world-famous wine-producing areas such as Scharzhofberg. Beautiful and elaborate courtyards recall the wealth that wine production brought to Wiltingen in years gone by. First mentioned in 1030, settlement in the area goes back to the Roman era. But the town name Wiltinga points to an earlier Frankish settlement. In the Middle Ages and early modern era the town, together with its neighbour Kanzem, formed a separate dominion which – as an island in the Trier Electorate – was part of the Duchy of Luxembourg. Several abbeys also owned property and large estates. Two farmyards outside of the town, Rauhof and Scharzhof, still bear witness today to the wealth of the former dominion, which had its own execution site on the Galgenberg lookout point. In 1912, a bridge over the Saar replaced the previous ferry service across the Saar. The picturesque Saar oxbow, also known as the Willting Saar Loop, is today a designated conservation area. A distinctive feature of Wiltingen is the neo-Gothic church, known locally as the “Saar cathedral”, which rises up from the foundations of a Roman villa complex.
Accommodation in hotels, vineyards and holiday homes, “Wiltinger Saardom” parish church, wine discovery trail, wine tasting, skating, forest nature trail, barbecue facilities, Galgenberg lookout point, “Wiltinger Saar Loop” nature reserve, angling, tennis, shooting, Porta Nigra sparkling wine cellar, Westwall museum, historic nature trail, Nordic walking obstacle course, boules