If you ever have the chance to go to France, you MUST make plans to stop in Metz. This gorgeous, historical city is about 4 hours east of Paris, very close to the German border. Metz is in the Northeastern part of France, located in the Grand Est region. It is the capital of Lorraine, with the Moselle and Seille rivers running through it.
The city is very beautiful and has one of the best Christmas markets in Europe! Metz has some of the most beautiful, historical architecture, such as the Basilica of Saint-Pierre-aux-Nonnains, which is the oldest church in France.
But enough about the history of Metz, because you’re sure to learn a lot more during a visit than I can tell you in a blog post!
Here is a list of things you must see if you choose to spend your time in Metz:
As I already mentioned, this church is the oldest church in France. It’s a very historical place to visit, and a fun fact about it is that it originally started out as a palaestra where boxers and wrestlers would train.
The Metz Cathedral is one of the tallest in Europe and houses the most stained glass than any other cathedral in the world. It’s often referred to as the “Lord’s Lantern” and it’s the perfect place to get Instagram-worthy photos!
This museum is the largest temporary exhibition outside of Paris and has three galleries, a theater, and an auditorium. It has semi-permanent and temporary exhibitions from the French National Museum of Modern Art collection in Paris. The architecture alone is a sight to see!
Porte des Allemands
This is the last remaining castle bridge in France. It’s a remnant of the medieval walls of Metz, called the Door of the Germans.
Gare de Metz
The city’s train station is another historic spot and has been preserved as a French historic monument.
Le Temple Neuf
This is perhaps one of the most well-known places to visit in Metz and most often will be the first photo you see if you Google Metz. Le Temple Neuf is a church of the Protestant congregation on the Petit-Saulay river island. It is breathtaking, especially when looking across the water at dusk with the church’s reflection. Definitely a must see!
The French gardens here are amazing. It overlooks the Moselle valley. During late February/early March the Carnival fair is held here and during the summer in late August/early September the funfair Mirabelle also takes place in the gardens. The Christmas markets are held here as well during the winter months, with cottages and an ice rink. There are plenty of things to do during any time of the year.
There are many more wonderful places to visit in Metz, France and it would take days to see it all. It’s a wonderful, historic city with amazing architecture, wonderful people and great food! I fell in love with Metz when I visited the city in December 2017. We went there for a day to shop the Christmas markets and I found some amazing gifts to bring back to the states with me. Everyone we met was so kind and polite. There wasn’t nearly enough time to see all that I would have liked, but it is definitely a place I will go back to the next time I am in France!
There is more to France than Paris and this picturesque city is one you don’t want to miss out on!
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