Lakes, Rivers and Coastlines in Germany
  • Bostalsee - the largest lake in Saarland

    Am Seehafen 1, 66625 Nohfelden-Bosen

    How to Get There?


      The next station is "Türkismühle" which is accessible by regional trains from e. g. Mainz or Saarbrücken or Neunkirchen. Take the bus no. R11, heading to Selbach or Nohfelden or bus no. 630, heading to Nonnweiler and exit at "Bosen Campingplatz". From here walk 3 minutes.

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      Use the highway A62 – coming from A1 or A6 – and take the exit no. 3 "Nohfelden-Türkismühle". From here follow the signposts "Bostalsee". There are enough parking opportunities around.

      GPS coordinates

      LATITUDE: 49.564777
      LONGTITUDE: 7.064161



      At the railway station "Türkismühle" take the bus no. R11, heading to Selbach or Nohfelden or bus no. 630, heading to Nonnweiler and exit at "Bosen Campingplatz". From here walk 3 minutes.

      Nearest station

      Bosen Strandbad, Nohfelden

      From Saarbrücken airport take the bus R10 to Saarbrücken Hauptbahnhof and then the regional train to Türkismühle. Here take the bus no. R11 or 630 and exit at "Bosen Campingplatz". From here walk 3 minutes.

      Nearest airport

      Saarbrücken (SCN)

    Why Go There?

    The Bostalsee, located in the nature reserve "Saar-Hunsrück" shows a water surface of 120 hectares and a depth of up to 20 meters and is hence the largest recreational lake in southwest Germany.

    The nature reserve Saar-Hunsrück is located in the northern part of Saarland, near the "borderline" to Rhineland-Palatinate. The next bigger town is Sankt Wendel. The Bostalsee is a part of the nature reserve, and 12 hectares (which is 10 % of the lake's surface) are classified as a protected zone and are marked off from water sports activities. The low-water area is a refugium for rare animals and plants.

    If you are looking for a bucolic place to hang out, to relax, to let your spirits flow ... the Bostalsee is the right one. Two large beaches invite you for swimming, sunbathing, or just lying around lazily – but if you want some action, there are opportunities for sailing, paddle boating or surfing as well. So if you prefer to move yourself – there are countless hiking and biking paths around.

    There are a couple of restaurants, kiosks and little snack bars around the lake (such as the "Brasserie am See" with an astonishing lake-view, or the "Bostalklause", or the largest beer garden of southwestern Germany with 3,000 seats), so no-one has to starve. However if you prefer your own – no problem: just have a picnic or use one of the barbecue areas which can be found near the music pavilion and at the beaches near Bosen and Gonnesweiler as well as the barbecue hut on the festival meadow.

    There's a large camping ground nearby (just 5 minutes to walk) with more than 400 sites for caravans and tents, and caravans or tents are rentable here as well. Furthermore, the "Center Park Bostalsee" opened its gates in 2013.

    There are opportunities to learn sailing or windsurfing - the Yachting School Saarland offers sailing courses, and the windsurfing school does as well. There are regularly  regattas on the Bostalsee during the season.

    Diving is allowed as well. There is a special diving area with a sunken boat, hence the dives will be interesting, diverting and funny.

    Location Details

    Escape Address: Am Seehafen 1, 66625 Nohfelden-Bosen, Nohfelden, Saarland, Germany

    Things to do close by!

    Amusement park

    Travel back in time and meet the old Egyptians, a mammoth during the ice age or dinosaurs. Gondwana, the prehistoric amusement park, makes this possible. Located just 30 minutes to drive from the Bostalsee, it's quite easy to access. Learn all about extinct sharks and other fish, dinosaurs, the evolution of mankind and all prehistoric ages of the earth.


    The Bostalsee offers excellent water quality; hence it's kind of "Eldorado" for anglers. Eels, trouts, zanders and hakes are available her in huge numbers. Fishing is possible from the shore as well as from a boat or for instance a pedalo. An angling licence is required which can be purchased directly at the lake administration.

    River cruise

    Use a boat on the Bostalsee for fishing ... however there are so many more possible opportunities rather than catching fish. Rent a boat at different places and choose whether you want to move yourself (then take a pedalo or a rowing boat) or whether you want it rather comfortable (then take an electric boat). Alternatively take a boat trip (about 50 minutes) on the passenger boat "Bosi" which has space for 60 seats on the sun-deck and further 60 covered seats.


    There's a 6.8 km hiking trail around the lake. Enjoy the great nature here. However this is not the only one - there are multiple hiking trails leading through the entire region. Especially the "panorama-trail Sankt Wendeler Land" and the IVV (International People’s Sports Association) circular trails are recommended. But there are way more trails wait to be discovered by you.

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