Constellations de Metz – A summer full of art and culture with Reisehappen

Let the German travel and food blogger, Reisehappen, whisk you away to Metz and discover the town’s street art and culinary highlights.

Start the tour with a light lunch – Terroirs de Lorraine restaurant

Top award-winning cuisine at the station? Yes, in the Terroirs de Lorraine restaurant right in the station in Metz. And besides that, this is one of the most beautiful stations in the whole of France. With this restaurant, the award-winning chef, Michel Roth, has returned to his roots in Lorraine and offers visitors a wonderful welcome to the town and a first glance at the Lorraine cuisine.

Gare de Metz - 1 Place du Général de Gaulle

Constellations de Metz – Street art adventure

In the second ‘Constellations de Metz’, the whole town becomes one exhibition. On four different routes there is a multitude of art works to discover in the town. The 4 km route ‘Street Art’ takes you past sculptures, murals, installations and collages. You can find all this either on foot or with the Mettis bus network. One of the highlights of the route is definitely the Street Art exhibition in the Saint Vincent Basilica.

Basilique Saint-Vincent de Metz, 10 Rue Goussaud

Appreciate the fresh air – a cycling tour through Metz

The second circular route that you should absolutely not miss, is the ‘Art & Jardins’. At 6 km this is the longest route, but it’s still doable on foot: but by bike, it’s even more fun! The route takes you past the town’s beautiful parks and along the Moselle’s bank to the town’s botanical gardens. On route, you will find a delightful mix of classic and contemporary art; passing by historical monuments, modern sculptures and art installations.

Enjoy a snack in the market hall – Chez Mauricette

In the middle of Metz’s bustling market hall, Mauricette serves French and Lorraine specialities. I can especially recommend the cold plates of regional cheese and sausage specialities.

Marché couvert, Place Jean Paul II

Immerse yourself in a world of famed artist couples – Centre Pompidou-Metz

For every arts fan, the Centre Pompidou is the epitome of a museum for contemporary art and design. Since 2010, the Centre Pompidou has also had a satellite museum in Metz. The building itself, built according to plans by the Japanese architect, Shigeru Ban, and Jean de Gastines, is a masterpiece. From the outside it resembles a Chinese hat, or maybe a big top. Inside the artworks impress, but so too does the view of the town through the huge panoramic windows.

The ‘Modern couples’ exhibition running until 20th August, is especially fascinating. It gives an insight into the lives of famous artist couples like Pablo Picasso and Dora Maar, or Charles and Ray Eames. The exhibition showcases how these couples influenced and inspired each other artistically.

1 Parvis des Droits de l'Homme

Dinner in the open air – El Theatris restaurant

On the terrace at El Theatris, you can enjoy a glorious view of Metz’s opera and theatre. In bad weather, you can take a seat in the beautiful dining room with magnificent mirrors and columns. The restaurant impresses with its classic brasserie dishes with a modern interpretation. They don’t just taste delicious, they look pretty too.

2 Place de la Comédie

Discover night-time Metz on the digital route, ‘Pierres Numériques’

After dinner, it’s time to discover Metz by night. Throughout the summer, the Pierres Numériques route illuminates Metz. Around the opera and the cathedral, there are countless light installations and video projections.

From the Ponte des Roches bridge, you can enjoy a magical view of the Temple Neuf and the small boats all lit up. Just around the corner you find the video projection, Young Neon Pop, by the artist Julien Nonnon, and on the opera’s balcony 16 life-size illuminated statues. The absolute highlight is the spectacular light show, ‘Alter Lux Animae’ projected on the Saint Étienne Cathedral.

But of course there is much more to discover in Metz (External link) :

Don’t miss:

  • Musée de la Cour d’Or with collections of Gallo-Roman treasures and impressive paintings.
  • A walk through Metz’s historic city centre with its enchanting, winding alleyways and the pretty patrician houses.
  • A visit to the Saint Étienne Cathedral to see the beautiful window by Chagall.
  • Dinner in the Brasserie Dufossé, the award-winning chef, Christophe Dufossé’s restaurant.