Halfway between Paris and the German and Luxembourgian borders, Metz is much more than just a stopover, it’s a European destination in its own right! With over 3000 years of history behind it, the city boasts a truly outstanding heritage.
As a garden city, Metz is a happy combination of all the assets required for an ecoresponsible urban getaway. Strolls along the banks of the Seille and the Moselle, enchanting squares and alleyways, festivities, shopping, heritage tours, discovery of gastronomic specialities and fine restaurants… Metz gradually reveals itself as you explore it at your own pace and as the fancy takes you.
In the heart of contemporaneity at Centre Pompidou
The city’s most visited attraction, this architectural masterpiece is absolutely not to be missed out on during your stay in Metz. With its unique style, a combination of Japanese and French influences, the building itself is a testimony to the city’s determinedly modern bias.
The whole of contemporary art is in the spotlight in its 10,000 m² and more of surface area. From photography to painting by way of sculpture and design, art is represented in all its forms. Not to be missed out on at any price!
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The spectacular Saint-Etienne Cathedral
Whether you’re inside or outside its walls, you’ll be spellbound! Saint-Etienne Cathedral is one of Europe’s greatest masterpieces of Gothic art. The third highest cathedral in France is an architectural treasure that will dazzle you from every angle. Metz’s icon par excellence, it stands in all its glory in the city’s very heart, on Place d’Armes.
Night and day alike, the majestic edifice lights up its surroundings, giving the city its unique character. Straight from the 13th and 14th centuries (it has just celebrated its 800th birthday!), it’s famous for its stained-glass windows, created by some of the greatest stained-glass artists and covering no less than 6,500 m², earning it the nickname of “Lantern of God”.
Journey back in time in discovery of Fort Queuleu
Fort Queuleu, also known as “Fort Goebens”, is one of Metz’s key attractions. Not by any means to be overlooked, above all if you’re a history buff! Part of the city’s first fortified belt, it alternated between German and French occupations up until 1971, when its military occupation came to an end. From bastion of defence to Nazi internment camp, Fort Queuleu – among the largest in the city – is one of the main witnesses of the many battles that took place between 1870 and 1944.
If you’ve got enough time, it’s well worth going out of your way to visit this military stronghold during your stay in Metz. Guided tours are organised on a regular basis, helping you learn more about the city’s tumultuous past.
Admire medieval Metz at the Cour d’Or
If you love art and history, be sure not to miss out on a visit to the Musée de la Cour d’Or. It traces Metz’s fascinating history during the Gallo-Roman and Medieval eras. Perfectly preserved ancient thermal baths, the 3rd-century column unearthed in Merten, a Mithraic altar – a truly remarkable collection awaits your discovery there.
Its architecture alone is worth the visit, as its vaults and labyrinths of rooms and cobbled passageways take you straight back to another age. Feel free to make your way into the museum and discover the new entranceway. With its wooden shelving and fine baroque lines, it invites you on a thrilling journey back in time. And what’s more, admission is free!