Capital of the Lorraine region in north-eastern France, Metz is a sizeable city close to the borders with Luxembourg and Germany. While most of its inhabitants do not speak fluent German, Metz’s culture been greatly influenced by that of its neighbouring country due to its extremely close proximity.
The city’s old town is arguably one of Metz’s most attractive areas, comprising buildings constructed using a local limestone known as ‘pierre de Jaumont’. The city’s abundance of green open spaces also contributes to its sheer natural beauty and has resulted in the town being commonly referred to as The Green City (La Ville Verte).
While the city is can be accessed easily on foot, its proximity to Luxembourg and Germany allows visitors to venture there with relative ease. A comfortable and spacious saloon car will be the ideal vehicle for travelling over into either of these neighbouring countries.
Recognised as one of France’s tallest cathedrals, The Cathedral of St. Stephen is a firm favourite among visitors to Metz. The building is equally as stunning on the inside as it is outside, with towering arches and intricate stained glass window, some of which were in fact designed by the world-famous French artist Chagall.
Just opposite this magnificent place of worship, you’ll find Metz’s Covered Market. Said to be one of France’s most ancient and lavish markets, the majority of stalls here sell fresh local produce, including cheese, wine and other such delicacies native to France.
If you fancy taking a break and watching the world go by after an exhausting day touring the city, head to the centrally-located Esplanade. It’s here in this square where you’ll find many people, particularly youngsters, lying out on the grass and even cooling off in the fountain.
Metz’s Botanic Garden was founded back in 1866. It has several old greenhouses which have been maintained to perfection and over 4,500 different species of plant for visitors to look at in greater detail.
Driving is not straightforward for those unfamiliar with the city, so making use of a satnav device is recommended.
The A3 and A31 motorways connecting Metz to Luxembourg are toll-free and therefore free of charge to use.
Driving to and from Metz is particularly straightforward thanks to its convenient location on the intersection of the A4 and A31 motorways.
Gare de Metz-Ville is the city‚Äôs main train station. There, you can catch a high-speed TGV service to cities such as Luxembourg, Paris, Strasbourg and Z√ºrich.
A small regional airport, Metz-Nancy-Lorraine Airport, is located approximately 30 km southeast of the city. Flights to internal destinations are on offer, while flying to a handful of Italian cities is also an option. Luxembourg Airport is only an hour‚Äôs drive from Metz for those looking for more choice.