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Through the industrial Saar Area down to the Moselle.
The Saar was important for the heavy industry in the Saarland, raw materials (coal) or steel products were transported down to Rotterdam or, via Metz and the canals to France' heartland. As these industries declined in Germany (as everywhere in the First World), the river is not used for commercial shipping any more.
The stream is named Saar from the confluence of the Sarre Blanche (White Saar) and Sarre Rouge (Red Saar) on. It flows through France, then the german federal state of Saarland and Rhineland Palatinate, before it discarges into the Moselle at Konz.
Total of 9 locks. The cruises as far upstream as Merzig, so only 3 locks really matter.
As mentioned in the history section, the commercial shipping on the Saar has declined, but tourism has not really taken over. Most cruises spend just up to two days on the river. They include the Saar loop, where the river meanders like the Moselle, but it is not as busy and touristic as the later. So the decision if you want to cruise the Saar can be translated as 'Do I want to see Luxembourg or spend another day on the ship instead?'.
|Length||246 km / 153 mil|
|Length Airline||118 km / 74 mil|
|GPS Source||48° 40′ 38.27″ N, 7° 0′ 44.29″ E|
|Source Elevation||800 m / 2 624 feet|
|Mouth Elevation||125 m / 410 feet|
|GPS Mouth||49° 42′ 5″ N, 6° 34′ 11″ E|
|Basin Area||7 431 km² / 2 868 mil²|
|Average Discarge||75 m³/s / 2 649 ft³/s|
|Waters Into||Saar - Moselle - Rhine - North Sea|
|Cruise Line||Cruise Name||Days Total|
|Upstream KM||Station Name||Yesterday Average|