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Metz, a garden town by nature, delightfully combines greenery and urban tourism.
Between the Seille and Moselle rivers, from the squares to the alleyways, the architecture is a journey through time. Saint-Etienne is one of the most beautiful cathedrals in France. Just a short walk away is the Centre Pompidou-Metz, a stunning vessel carrying contemporary art and strong emotions. With shopping, events and the joys of discovery, Metz is a true getaway destination and is listed as a Town of Art and History.

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Centre Pompidou-Metz: not-to-be-missed

Shigeru Ban and Jean de Gastines are the architects of this spectacular building, a must-see temple of contemporary art in the Grand Est region. More than 5,000 m² are dedicated to exhibitions with the garden, forum and terrace rounding out the visit. All fields of creation are represented: painting, architecture, photography, design. This place of discovery and wonder hosts international exhibitions and events all year long, much to the pleasure of lucky visitors.


Our advice

The Metz City Pass: for the low price of €13.50, discover the town on an audio-guided tour and visit the Cour d’Or Museum and the Centre Pompidou-Metz.


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Life is good on a bike

With just a bit of pedalling, cycle from the Sainte-Croix district to the Îles quarter and all the way to Outre-Seille, or from the banks of the Moselle to the imperial Nouvelle Ville: marvel, soak up the culture, get some fresh air and some exercise, too!

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Saint Étienne Cathedral, Lantern of God

This epithet refers to the 6,500 m² of stained-glass windows and the light that floods the yellow-stoned edifice. The very greatest glass makers contributed to this treasure of gothic art, one of the most superb in Europe. Splendid and impressive.

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Montigny-lès-Metz: an informative stroll in the botanical garden

With the rose garden, the fragrant garden, exotic species, rare trees and well-known plants, the greenhouse, the birds and the joyous buzzing of insects, the botanical garden invites you on a stroll and a course in natural science.

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Cour d’Or Museum

Just near Saint-Étienne Cathedral, with an exhibition space of more than 6,000 m², the museum brings together one of the largest Gallo-Roman collections in France, as well as Medieval works and Fine Arts. According to legend, the museum takes its name from the palace of the kings of Austrasia that once stood in Metz.

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The soul of the contemporary city awakens on foot

Frac, Arsenal, Cour d’Or Museum, Saint-Etienne Cathedral, art galleries and of course the Centre Pompidou-Metz: the contemporary audacity of Metz is truly unveiled along the walking tour designed by the tourist office.

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Summer sound
and light shows in Lorraine

Not-to-be-missed summer events, sound and light shows revisit Lorraine’s history while highlighting the exceptional settings where they take place.


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