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Metz is a city in the North-East of France, capital of the Lorraine région and of the département of Moselle (57). It is located at the confluence of the Moselle and the Seille. Metz is well renown for its glamour and its awe-inspiring cathedral and stained glass.
Metz (Moselle) mini guide
Metz is a city of glamour and elegance. Historically it has been passed between France and Germany many a time. Finally it was regained by France in 1918 and is now the capital of the Lorraine region. It has a cosmopolitan, elegant feel to it with pleasant riverside parks, canals, well proportioned squares, a thriving high-tech commercial centre and a popular university.
Enchantingly Metz offers those on foot the promise of surprising walks through the town and along the ramparts. Metz boasts plenty of riches one being the tallest Gothic cathedrals in the world. Another is set above the city and is the Cathedral St-Etienne renowned for its stunning stained-glass, some of which was designed by Chagall.
To the northwest of the cathedral lies the island of Petit Saulcy where the oldest French theatre is still in use. The Eglise St-Pierre-aux-Nonnains also claims to be one of the oldest in France.
Metz is a useful base if you want to discover the delights of the Parc Naturel Regional de Lorraine with its lush forests and multitude of streams and lakes. The Riverside Park NW of the Esplanade on boulevard Poincare with its statues, ponds and fountains make this a graceful place to relax. Place de la Comedie is a neoclassical square and home to the oldest theatre in France.
Musee de la Cour d'Or is the site of a 17th century monastery complete with thermal baths here you will find a collection of German, Flemish and French paintings.
There is a very popular flea and antique street market, covering more than 49,000 square feet of space. This takes place on the first and third Saturdays of each month.
In 2009 the Metz-Pompidou Centre will open which will combine history and contemporary art.
The magic of Christmas descends on Metz from the end of November to the end of December with displays of festive treasures and wares in its city squares. Christmas Markets spring up in the alleys bordered by pretty country cottages with the air perfumed with the scent of Glühwein and gingerbread. The whole city is decorated with lights and the illuminated waterfalls look enchanting. At the beginning of December, Saint Nicolas accompanied by the bogyman rewards wise children during the traditional procession.
|Department:||North East France > Lorraine > Moselle >|
|Location:||Metz is a city of glamour. Paris 333 km - Luxembourg 66 km|
- Train station: 3 hrs from Paris,
|Tourist information website:||http://tourisme.mairie-metz.fr/anglais/frameset.html|
|Tourist information contact email:||email@example.com|
|Tourist information switch board number:||+ 33 (0)3 87 55 53 76|
|Tourist information address:||2 place d’Armes, BP 80367, 57007 Metz Cedex 1|
|Quick links to accommodation:||Accommodation near Metz (Moselle) - Hotels in Metz (Moselle)|