5 ave Ney, Metz, Lorraine, 57000, France
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Porte des Allemands, Metz, France 2009
The Moselle River winds through the city
The city walls
These walls once protected Metz
Advice about getting to Metz
My daughter will be studying at the Georgia Tech campus near Metz this summer. I am trying to decide the best place for her to fly into in May, 2007. If this fast train from Paris will be operating then, perhaps it would be best. I have also considered Luxembourg and Strasbourg. Any tips you have will be appreciated. She is will be travelling with a young man so she will not be travelling alone.
RE: Advice about getting to Metz
I think the LGV Est will go into operation in June 2007, a bit too late for your daughter - I'm afraid she would have to travel by "normal" train, not a high speed one. Luxembourg and Strasbourg are small regional airports, it is improbable that you find a rate as cheap as to Paris CDG (2nd biggest on the continent). On the other hand, I would just look at the flight ticket prices and decide based on that.
RE: Advice about getting to Metz
Luxembourg is the closest international airport but not knowing where your daughter will be flying FROM, I don't know whether you will find a flight there (Icelandair ...), otherwise of course she could fly to Paris and take an internal flight from there to Metz, see http://www.europole.u-nancy.fr/guide.pratique/gb/acmtz.html#acmtz_2
Frankfurt is also a possibility, you can see rail connections on here: http://www.alleuroperail.com/eurorailway-maps/germany-map.htm
And I would also consider Brussels: it takes about 3 1/2 hours from here to Metz on the fastest train (otherwise 4 1/2 hours), via Luxembourg, e.g. departing Bruxelles-Schuman at 12:23 and arriving at Metz at 15:46. The airport bus (12 on weekdays, when it terminates at Rond-point Schuman, 11 at weekends when it continues to Gare du Luxembourg) stops a couple of minutes walk from Schuman railway station, or on a weekday, almost outside the Gare du Luxembourg; trains to Luxembourg Ville start at Midi and pass through Central, Nord, Schuman and Luxembourg stations on the way out of Brussels. There are also frequent trains from the airport to Bruxelles-Nord, Central and Midi, in that order.
Travel Tips for Metz
The Cathedral As A Museum of Stained Glass Art
Stained glass as an art form is older than painting on canvas. The earliest preserved specimen in situ is in Augsburg Cathedral (12C). The purposeful coloring of wrought glass is somewhat earlier. Metz cathedral has provided a fine site for expression of the form. Moreover in the late 15C the craft and art flourished and fine artists worked here, Most recently (1960) artists with an interest in this form have again been commissioned to create. Marc Chagall was already in his 70's when invited and had created other windows that had both been acclaimed and derided in part because they were made by craftsmen from sketches and among other things the lead supports of the glass distorted his concepts. Since he was not an adept at glasswork the project here became a collaborative project using all the scientific color developments that had occurred in the 19C (by Lafarge and Tiffany in the US and the English Gothic Revivalists) as well as 20C advances. Thus Chagall's dream-like evocations of the graphic imagery of the Old Testament are carefully integrated coloristicly with the demands of the supports and some of the shadings are like his paintings writ large.
This is a monument to Marshal Ney, Napoleon's officer who was in charge at the battle of Waterloo.
The monument is in the park square of Epslanade, near the Arsenal.
Here you can read some of his thoughts:
If you need to go...
Another useful WC tip, although I haven't tested it personally. On the streets you will find lots of public toilettes, right in the middle of the street! You have to insert a coin (I think it's 0,30 EUR) and voila! The Sesame gates open. They all seemed very small and tight, and God knows what you can expect inside, but in case you didn't manage somehow, this is an ultimate solution. Better than nothing...
Stain glass window art
Legends lie dormant under the heavy weight of the ancestral stones of the cathedral ; their testimonies decorate the mysterious vaults. Gargoyles, bestiary, fabulous monsters, signs and mysterious allegories remind us of old times where fantastic beliefs were part of life.
You will discover the legend of the famous dragon, the "Graoully", which terrorized the city, or the story of Pierre Perrat - architect of the cathedral who first made a pact with the devil, to better fool him afterwards.
Like a diva getting ready every evening for her most beautiful show, Metz puts on its light's costume and offers to the walker a brilliant entertainment.
My trip consisted of just...
My trip consisted of just visiting the historical cemetarys, museums, and viewing the battlefields...One monument is an entire French Battalion ( about 900 soldiers) who were killed in one battle in one of the defensive trenches..the site is memorialized and the rifles of the fallen soldiers are still visibly sticking out of the ground after all of these years..
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We've found that other people looking for this hotel also know it by these names:
- La Citadelle Metz
- La Citadelle Hotel Metz
Address: 5 ave Ney, Metz, Lorraine, 57000, France