The Saarland cuisine - Good food has a strong pedigree in the Saarland. Whether it's hearty home-cooked fare – from schwenkbraten pork to potato delights – or three-course gourmet meals and innovative creations, chefs in the Saarland cook with locally sourced products of the highest quality. The Saarland inspires its kitchens to great achievements and the region has more Michelin stars per capita than anywhere else in Germany.
A stretch of the Saar River passing through Saarland, with mist rising. Other than Berlin, Bremen and Hamburg, which are city states, it is Germany's smallest state. The river begins in the Vosges mountains in France on the border of Alsace and Lorraine and flows northwards into the Moselle river near to Trier in the west of Rhineland-Palatinate, the state which surrounds Saarland. The Saar used to be a part of an important and busy shipping route during the 19th century.