The Blies is a right tributary of the Saar in southwestern Germany (Saarland) and northeastern France (Moselle). The Blies flows from three springs in the Hunsrück near Selbach, Germany. It is roughly 100 km long, ending in the French city of Sarreguemines. It flows through Sankt Wendel, Ottweiler, Neunkirchen, Bexbach, Homburg and Blieskastel (Blieskastel being named after the river). Its lower extent demarcates part of the Franco–German border. The section within France and on the French-German border is 19.7 km (12.2 mi) long.[1]

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The Blies at Blieskastel
Physical characteristics
 • locationSaarland
 • elevation430 m (1,410 ft)
 • location
 • coordinates
49°6′52″N 7°4′0″E / 49.11444°N 7.06667°E / 49.11444; 7.06667 (Saar-Blies)Coordinates: 49°6′52″N 7°4′0″E / 49.11444°N 7.06667°E / 49.11444; 7.06667 (Saar-Blies)
Length99.5 km (61.8 mi)
Basin size1,960 km2 (760 sq mi)
Basin features
ProgressionSaarMoselleRhineNorth Sea

World War IIEdit

Fighting took place on the Blies during the Lorraine Campaign, fought from September to December 1944 by the Third United States Army, famously led by George S. Patton. The 35th Infantry Division fought along the Blies following its battle at Sarreguemines in early December, the former part of the larger assault on the West Wall.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Sandre. "Fiche cours d'eau - La Blies (A93-0200)".

External linksEdit

  Media related to Blies at Wikimedia Commons