Metz Travel Guide

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Metz Highlights

  • Pro
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     nice parks and gardens 

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     lack of good party spots 

  • In a nutshell
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     A blend of France and Germany 

Metz Things to Do

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  • Opéra-Théâtre

    Since this is such an elegant 18th century theater, my expectation was that people in the audience would be dressed in some elegant way to match the décor. But no, the dress code was a resounding "come as you are". For a long time I thought I was going to be the only one wearing a tie, but then shortly before curtain time two or three other men in...

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  • Cathedral

    The Cathedral is one of the most beautiful Gothic cathedral in France. The cathedral is located on a hill on the Moselle river in the historic center of Metz. This place has previously been a chapel dedicated to Saint Etienne. Every Cathedral we have seen in France is totally different to each other, it look like all the same but if you focus on...

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  • Opera Theatre of Metz Métropole

    Place de la Comedie is where the Opera Theatre of Metz... is a super huge square with beautiful garden and fountain

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  • Pompidou

    The Centre Pompidou-Metz is a museum of modern art ...A temple of contemporary designThe structure of this modern building was designed by a Japanese Shigeru Ban and the Frans man Jean de Gastines. The Centre Pompidou-Metz was constructed using a hexagonal plan and is crossed by three galleries...The design is extraordinary!

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  • Porte des Allemands

    The door of the Germans is one of the most important monuments in Metz, and symbolizes the army has been so long. With a strategic position for the defense of Metz, has survived the centuries and today is an important indicator of the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries ...

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  • Wander around

    Wandering around and enjoy the beautiful architecture, there is always something caught you with your camera

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  • The bridges

    Metz, on the Moselle is a vibrant metropolis, entitled lights got the brilliant illumination of its most important monuments, bridges and rivers. A walk which is very appreciated a way to discover in the summer

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  • The Moselle River

    Metz is built partly on islands and partly on the shore of the Moselle River, which gets its name shortened to Mosel further downstream when it crosses the border into Germany. There it goes through the city of Trier and eventually flows into the Rhine at Koblenz.The first photo shows the Protestant church called Temple Neuf, which was built on one...

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  • Paul Verlaine University

    This university was founded in 1970, and now has 16,000 students. The main campus is on an island in the Moselle River. Most of the buildings are new, but at the front end of the campus there are also a few older buildings from the 19th century that were originally built for other purposes but have recently been modernized for use by the...

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Metz Restaurants

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  • Italian in the centre ville

    I hadn't intended on eating in Metz more than once so I didn't have any restaurant recommendations besides a creperie that didn't seem to exist but we stumbled across several Italian/pizza restaurants along rue Dupont des Loges and decided to eat at La Toscane since it appeared to be the busiest and also filled with locals. The 1st night we had a...

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  • Casual creperie

    We ate at St. Malo on a Tuesday night, it was busy but not full. There is a small outdoor patio and also seating indoors. Closed on Sunday and Monday, it's open for lunch and dinner. I'm a little spoiled by my favorite creperie in Paris, there the crepes and galettes are stuffed with premium ingredients and is incredibly cheap so whenever I eat at...

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  • A Typical French Café / Bar

    Here we have a typical Café / Bar in the French style where you meet friends for a coffee, a beer or a wine and chat for hours. In the warmer months, the places outside on the little Jeanne d'Arc Square are quite popular. The café itself is not really big, so that it might get crowded inside, especially in the evening. The name, as you may have...

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Metz Nightlife

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  • The Free Light Show

    We think there is a sound and light show in summer on the Esplanade, but we were out of season, so we enjoyed coming out of our hotel next to the Opera for an after dark dinner at a spot almost under the bridge. We were slightly surprised by Metz after dark. Like all big cities there are buildings to light but the open spaces and trees at the river...

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  • Irish Bar Metz

    Like most towns and cities across europe we find the 'Irish Bar', which normally means a franchise bar with a few irish type decors scattered about and some U2 music being played. This Bar was one of those franchises, however the bar was thumping, busy and loud with the local population singing and kinda dancng in the restricted spaces inside. The...

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Metz Transportation

  • Driving in Metz

    Reports of horrible construction near the train station turned out to be unfounded as the construction had wrapped up so the hotel I was most worried about finding turned out to be the easiest to find. I printed directions from either via Michelin or Google Maps and had the other loaded onto my iphone, between the two I located the ring road which...

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  • train station and architecture-Metz

    a wonderfully architecturally done railroad station done under the period the area was part of Germany, today it is gorgeous.

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  • From Germany by train

    The most direct connection from Metz to any German town is the train line to Saarbrücken. There are train connections at least every two hours with added frequencies at peak times. For most of these connections, you will have to change trains at Forbach where a connection is guaranteed. Trains in Forbach depart from the same platform in both...

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Metz Shopping

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  • Fabulous macarons

    My cat sitter loves macarons so I usually try to bring her some back, this shop had a lovely display of them in the window. Although I believe that this is primarily a chocolate shop, I didn't make it past the front window display of macarons. The 1st night I got a couple of salted caramel macarons, the next night we rushed back over so I could...

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  • Art Deco furniture at a bargain price!

    The Metz flea market is in two huge halls of the Metz Congess Hall. Websites say it is in the Parc des Exposition Center rather than Centre Foires et Congrès de Metz Grigy (one and the same), but the signs say Center Foires et Congrès. Also GPS does not show Expo Center nor does it show the street it is on. But it maybe because it was an older GPS...

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  • Oriental Shop

    This is the shop I liked the most in Metz. It's wonderfully decorated, scented (with those oriental incense sticks) and there is wonderful music playing inside (at the time of my visit it was a gentle bossa nova). They sell all kinds of stuff from Orient, Africa, South America... There is even a furniture section. Opening hours:Tuesday-Saturday:...

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Metz Local Customs

  • Christmas market

    One of the highlights for us to come here is the Christmas market as grand and popular as anywhere,and this is Lorraine territory. It has a great history blending traditions of France and Germany.This year they start on November 23rd, you must come, its great. In France, the marché de Noël de Metz is in terms of frequency the second most visited...

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  • Smoke gets in your eyes!

    It was May 1 when labor union members in Metz walked through the main streets. Red flags and smoke crackers added excitement to the May day peaceful march."But I have to be here on May 1". Why not, its a good month and a day to visit this beautiful city!

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  • What is this?

    Cathedral St Etienne, built in 13 century, is the third highest Cathedral in France. Its stain-glasses are beautiful.But there are three sculptures were exhibited in May 2010. The figure of the middle sculpture is supposed to be high in the sky but one immediately gets an impression of something else (second photo). What doe it remind you?

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Metz Warnings and Dangers

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    This is a picture of the part of the landscape..the craters from the explosions of artillery are still visible and it looks as if it is a moonscape with grass..Don't touch anything that looks like it might be an explosive....

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Metz What to Pack

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    by voyageur2 Written Aug 26, 2002

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Study Abroad

    Photo Equipment: Do not forget to take your camera before leaving your home... Prices of films and process were a bit expensive for me. Ask different shops for reasonable prices.

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Metz Off The Beaten Path

  • porte de Serpenoise

    The Porte de Serpenoise, 13C marked the limits of the fortified city and the new areas at the time. It is an important monument to the city, but seldom look up. so here it is the story of it and do come on to see itThe Serpenoise gate is a city gate located at the corner of avenue Robert Schuman and rue General Gaston Dupuis .The current Serpenoise...

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  • A glimpse of the Medieval....

    Most visitors to Metz probably will not explore the Sainte-Croix area, up a small hill beyond the Musee de la Cour d'Or...but I would suggest you find time for that detour if you possibly can.Around 3000 years ago, the very first inhabitants of what is now Metz lived on the hill. They were followed by the Medimatriques, a Gallo-Belgian tribe and...

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  • Porte des Allemands or German Gate

    A symbol of the city the porte des Allemands or German Gate is at the same time a gate and a bridge! Along the river Seille at the level of bridge or pont Henry-de-Ranconval that link the east with the boulevard André-Maginot, this later one,had replaced the ramparts early in the 20C! The monument gives the main well with western orientation for...

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  • Walk Metz

    a wonderful city to walk and we did always a lot of walking here. During the Christmas market when we visited they are spread all over the city in different squares so walking is great then.The better weather allows you to move better of course, and see the architecture close at hands. It has a magnificent arrays of French, Lorraine and German...

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  • History I

    An important Gallo-Roman city, the capital of the kingdom of Austrasia, the cradle of the Carolingian kings, the capital of the province of the Three Bishoprics, opulent medieval city ... Metz accumulated through centuries a priceless historical and cultural inheritance. Defending Metz has always been a major concern : the Romans, the Republic of...

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  • The Cathedral As A Museum of Stained...

    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,...

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Musee de la Cour d'Or
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Cathedrale St-Etienne
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Cathedrale St-Etienne: those wonderful windows!
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Cathedrale St-Etienne: two things you might miss.
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Cathedrale St-Etienne: the western portal.
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That wonderful railway station!
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Porte des Allemands
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Place St-Louis
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Ile de la Comedie/Ile du Petit-Saulcy
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Place d'Armes and the Liberation Monument.
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Just wander around and enjoy the architecture...
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Church St Pierre aux Nonnains
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Cathedral St Etienne of Metz
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St. Etienne (St-Stephen) Cathedral
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City ramparts along the Seille
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Rue des Murs
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Sainte Ségolène
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Frac Lorraine and Hotel Saint Livier
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Cloitre des Recollets
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Chapelle Saint-Genest and Maison de Rabelais
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Place Sainte Croix
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Crepes and Galettes in Metz' city centre
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Water Tower - Chateau D'Eau
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Eglise St. Pierre aux Nonnains
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Porte des Allemands
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Templar Chapel - Chapelle des Templiers
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Cathedrale de Saint Étienne de Metz
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Temple Neuf
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Post Office – Hotel des Postes de Metz
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Place de la Comedie – Theatre and Prefecture
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La Cour D'Or
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Market Hall - Marché Couvert
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Arsenal
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Palais du Gouverneur de Metz - Governor's Palace
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Train Station Building - Gare de Metz Ville
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Tour Camoufle
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Porte Serpenoise
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Théâtre du Saulcy
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La Cour d'or
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Take a mini-train around!
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