Nancy Travel Guide

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Nancy Things to Do

  • St Epvre Church

    This church from the 19th century, in a neo-gothic style is one of the outstanding buildings of the old city. It was undergoing hard recovering work when we were there, so we didn't visit.

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  • Villa Majorelle

    A Portuguese that we met in Vannes-le-Chatel, advised us that we should try to visit this house. We went there, but unfortunately, it was not opened to the public, demanding a previous booking (See the details in the site École de Nancy). We appreciated it from outside, and realized that it is mainly a symbol, because, all around it, there are...

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  • La Pepiniere Park

    My first visit was in winter, and I skipped it. My second one was in summer, and I went there: raining!A quick visit, and a promise: next time, under the sun, I'll appreciate the details.

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  • Museum of Lorraine - Ducal Palace

    Another museum where we didn't enter (I had to leave something to do in the third and following visits!). The palace, in the old city, is very beautiful, but it shows the effects of pollution.

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  • Nancy Shool Museum

    Searching for Majorelle Villa we went to this museum, before opening time. We couldn't wait, and didn't enter, but, with the whole Nancy being an open museum, I'm curious: what else did they put inside? If you visit it just let me know!

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  • Government Palace

    The old residence of the governors of Lorraine, was a palace from the 18th century, that seems to close the square of La Carriere, when you enter from Stanislas square. Closed to visit (?), when you approach, you may notice that it makes part of an independent complex, facing a large round area delimited by some arches, named De Gaulle square.

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  • Light Effects

    If you visit the Fine Arts museum (and you should do it, of course!) look at the end of the first floor, near the stairs to the basement, for a discreet door, with a sign allowing the entrance of only one person. Inside you will find a curious combination of lights, mirrors and water, with a psychedelic result. Funny! I hope that this is a...

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  • Fountains in Stanislas square

    The great harmony of Stanislas square owes much to the art of Barthelémy Guibal, the creator of the two fountains that close two corners of the square. Precious details.

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  • Porte de la Craffe

    The most remarkable building in the old quarter is this medieval door, once a prison. I don't know why, but the door is much more beautiful from inside than from outside, the same happening to Stanislas door. This gateway into Nancy was built at the end of the 14th century as part of the walls that protected the town. The towers flanking the gate...

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Nancy Restaurants

  • Good Diner

    In my first visit to Nancy, we entered by accident in a restaurant where we had the pleasant surprise of a fabulous dinner. In this second visit we tried to repeat it, but we were not sure how to find it. My colleague said it was something like "Capucin Gourmand", I had an approximated idea of its location, and... Mignardise was there. We entered,...

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  • Very fine for a late dinner

    We went there for a light late dinner, and it matched exactly what we needed. I don't know how it works with regular meals, when it acts as a restaurant, nor how is the ambiance when it turns into a bar, but the "Fajitas" we had in the "in-between" where perfect (yes, being hungry helps a lot!).

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  • Good, cheap and quick

    We were in a shortage of time, in front of this Lebanese restaurant. We entered.Good idea. This was my first Lebanese experience, and it was positive: we ate well, paid reasonably, and left in time. In a nice ambiance. Good!

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  • A new wonder

    After several days in Nancy, I couldn't decide what would be the most spectacular time to see Stanislas square: day or night?A perfect illumination, and the relief won by Town Hall under the lights are responsible for the doubt. Maybe at night...Or by day...But at night...

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  • Eat a Late Snack

    It is difficult to walk in the area around the Place Stanislas and resist stopping in a pastry shop for a dessert (or a second one) after eating in the old town earlier.

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  • See the Fountains of the Place After...

    In the night one can enjoy the golden gilding of the fountains against the dark statues and again see the details of the statues of Amphitriton and Neptune, left and right. This is the best sight in Nancy, not be missed if staying the night. I hope it is a dry delightful evening.

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Nancy Transportation

  • Le Petit Train - Sightseeing

    While we did sightseeing our own way we saw this little train more than once: it is a multilanguage sightseeing tour that lasts about 45 minutes and gives you a nice overview of either Place Stanislas and the old part of town or the Art Nouveau quarter of Nancy.The train leaves just outside the Trimphal Arch on Place de la Carriere.Do have a look...

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  • By train

    The Nancy train station is only 5 - 10 minute walk from Place Stanislas at 3, Place Thiers. In summer 2007 the TGV, the famous French high speed train, will start connecting Nancy with Paris (90 minutes only!!!) and Karlsruhe! For more information on that issue, have a look at this website: http://www.tgvesteuropeen.com

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  • By car

    Nancy is easily accessible by car. The highways A4 and A31 pass by Nancy and being a large city you can drive around the town itself without any problem. There are plenty of parking spaces available - even in the city center. Just follow the signs!

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  • Belgian chocolates

    Chocolates don't travel well on road trips, they melt in the car if left for any period of time, so I was excited to find that I did not need to buy my Belgian chocolates in Bruges which was our 1st stop but could find them in many cities in France. Metz had a location but I wasn't sure we'd get back before they closed so I stopped by one of the...

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  • Fleamarkets

    Being married to a fleamarket lover first thing we checked out were possible dates for fleamarkets. Since the dates that I found on the web were not really reliable (some stating a first sunday, others a last sunday of each month) I emailed the tourist office and voilà got a list of all fleamarkets in Nancy for the year of 2007! And here it is:...

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  • Sweet temptation

    When we saw this bakery we loved it at first sight: it is a place located in an Art Nouveau building with mosaics and those typical Jugendstil chandeliers. Plus the place was crammed whenever we passed by, so that should be an indication of good quality! Staff was really friendly and the little tartelet that we bought was excellent!

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Nancy Local Customs

  • Painters

    We know that Nancy is a landmark in arts, but we were not expecting to see painters around, as seen in Paris. It happened in the garden called "La Pepiniere". A very old man (more than one hundred years) approached us, identifying himself as Claude Oscar Monet (never heard!), and asking permission to paint us. We had no much time, and posing under...

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  • Stanislas "Garden"

    Stanislas statue stands alone in the center of a large and empty square. Beautiful!Sometimes, people decide to embellish the square, and an artificial garden is displayed around the statue. Still beautiful! But... come closer! Look at the garden! What do you see? Grass, flowers and... glass! Lots of elements in glass, mixed with the natural flowers...

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  • Great Nancy art tradition!

    Great local worldl-renown art tradition. A group of artists called "L'Ecole de Nancy" (end of 19 and 20 century) gathered in Nancy. The group of nouveau type art was founded by famous Emile Gall.Musee den L'Ecole de Nancy is a beautiful museum with a cozy garden. The museum contains Gallee and others' main work.Address: Rue du Sergent, Nancy

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Nancy Warnings and Dangers

  • Please, clean the cathedral

    Black signs of pollution, large stains in the interior, and a general idea of... poverty. The contrast with the well maintained city suggests that a quick intervention is needed. It should be done by now, but... I don't know. Any news?

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  • Never on Mondays

    This is a rather global warning: Monday is a fairly dangerous day to do sightseeing!Many museums are closed, but also here in Nancy we found that the central market was closed on mondays plus most of the restaurants! And this being our wedding anniversary and we wanted to go out that evening, we sure had a hard time to find a restaurant that was...

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  • Under Construction - May 2007

    In May 2007 there were quite a few buildings that were under construction - scaffolding was quite common and a little annoying for the visitors. Amongst those buildings were churches and palaces especially in the old part of town.Place Stanislas has been renovated a few years back and is bright and shiny now, but for these other places it might...

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Nancy What to Pack

  • Packing List

    since Nancy is not that big as Paris... spending only a few days may be enough to know this place. so no need a big bags or luggages :) causual wear as what people wear there... pack as what you want and need please prepare those euqipment b4 you start off your tripesp. the film is kinda expensive

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    Well, I'd say that the weather in Nancy is pretty similar to the weather in W. Germany. The winters shouldn't be too cold and summers not too hot. A really strange thing about La Lorraine is the fact that whenever I went there it rained lol I don't know if that was because of me (lol just kidding) or if they just get a lot of rain this area....

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Nancy Off The Beaten Path

  • San Sebastian church

    Integrated in a modern quarter, this baroque church of the 18th century faces a popular market, showing a different look of the city, closer to the common European cities.Built in 1593 the church suffered several transformations, the hardest one during the revolution, when it was transformed in a warehouse for straw. Returning to religious use in...

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  • Stanislas Door

    Confusing, is what I can say. Looking Roman, in the decoration, I cannot connect this door from the 18th century to Stanislas. My fault, of course!In the way to/from the train station, evidencing the signs of the intense traffic that crosses it, it doesn´t make justice to what is expecting you at the end of the street.

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  • Excelsior Cafe

    Once, twice, you pass in front of this cafe, repeating the same thought: "nice building". Then, you read something telling you that it is one of the most distinguishable samples of the school of Nancy. The third time, you look again, and update the thought: "Very nice building". If you decide to enter, you may have a drink or a meal (expensive) or...

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  • Nancy quarters: Ville-Neuve

    The "New" Town isn't really so new - it was first founded in 1588 by Duke Charles III. It differs considerably from the "Old" Town by a rather square layout. It is here where you can find the Cathedral, other important churches and quite a few Art Nouveau buildings! Our Art Nouveau circuit walk brought us here and we enjoyed the Jugendstil details...

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  • Nancy quarters: Historic City Center

    The historic city center is the 18th century area that includes Place Stanislas, Place d'Alliance and Place de la Carrière. This area has been added to the UNESCO World Heritage list in December 1983.Here is the official description of the UNESCO:"Nancy, the temporary residence of a king without a kingdom – Stanislas Leszczynski, later to become...

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  • Nancy quarters: Ville-Vieille

    The Old City of Nancy has a history dating back to the Middle Ages, when the town developed around the Duke's castle. Not much is left of that time period except for the Craffe Gate, but this quarter is full of history, antique shops, wonderful palais, small streets and our favourite restaurant! The fleamarket extending all along Grande Rue and...

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