Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, the famous modernist German architect, once said that "God is in the details". One might add that a good wine from an appropriate and stylish glass makes it twice as good! The land along the river Saar is famous not only for its vineyards, but also as the home of the German ceramics company Villeroy & Boch. The company's history actually began more than 260 years ago in a small pottery studio, on the French side of the German-French border. However, a turning point in the company's history came when Eugen Boch decided to manufacture industrial floors in the German city of Mettlach. Manufacturing industrial floors was a revolutionary idea at the time, and the source of inspiration was the mosaics of the Ancient Romans. Later on, these tiles of varying sizes became known as Mettlach tiles. Villeroy & Boch's headquarters are still located in Mettlach, in what was once a majestic 18th century Benedictine cloister that Jean François Boch bought in 1809 from a paper manufacturer. Today, the building also houses a ceramics museum, a café and a showroom. A Villeroy & Bosch outlet centre is just nearby in the town, in case you need any new wine glasses or porcelain tableware. True, a visit there is like giving the devil your little finger, only to be taken up entirely, as the saying goes. Common sense disappears unnoticed and the friendly prices are like real sirens, tempting one to shop and then shop some more.
Freiherr-vom-Stein Strasse 4-6, Mettlach
Keywords: Mosel, Germany