Just a stone’s throw away you can find the architectural treasures of Mettlach, starting with the impressive building of the former Benedictine abbey. Built in the 18th century the baroque style new part of the building runs for about 118 metres parallel to the river Saar, whereby the foundation of the building goes back to the 7th century. Since the 19th century the abbey is owned by the family “von Boch” and today it is used as the head-office and for representing the international company of Villeroy & Boch and its products. The attached abbey park of Eugen von Boch, contains a stock of some old and rare trees. The “Living Planet Square” combines the worldwide largest ceramic puzzle and André Heller’s “Earth-ghost” with living green plants into a fantastic creation of modern art. A historic highlight of the park is the so called “Old Tower” which goes back to the 10th century, this octagon sacral building is the oldest in the South-West region.
Tradition of Ceramic Fabrication
In Mettlach is almost everything about the international high-end ceramic manufacturer Villeroy & Boch. Besides the headoffice of the company, until some years ago a part of the china factory, was within the thick walls of the former Benedictine abbey. Today you find in those halls a modern event center with the ceramic museum and impressive witnesses of the history of industrial ceramic production. At the multimedia presentation “Keravision” the historical development comes alive. The museum café invites you to take a rest in hsitoric ambience. Villeroy & Boch gives you a chance to experience and lern about ceramic table culture and offers an information center for bath and wellness. To purchase current ceramic and china items you are invited to visit the factory outlet center as well as the Christmas items shop of V & B in the center of the village.