Metz: what to do, what to see...

The garden city of Metz is a hub of culture and heritage, from its own Centre Pompidou-Metz and Chagall’s modern stained-glass windows at the 13th Century St Etienne Cathedral, to the history of its Imperial Quarter and its quiche! The city’s gardens and the banks of the River Moselle make it an ideal city to explore by bike, stopping to enjoy specialities made with the emblematic Mirabelle plums, from sweet treats to liqueurs.
WHAT TO SEE

• Modern and contemporary art exhibitions at Centre Pompidou-Metz
• Saint Etienne's cathedral with stained glass windows by renowned artists
• The Cour d’Or Museum and its rich collections retelling the history of Metz
• The cathedral, the Imperial Quarter and the Place de la Comédie
• The German's Gate and ramparts offering views of the River Seille

WHAT TO DO

• The Amphitheatre quarter with prestigious buildings by award winning architects
• Fresh air in the parks and gardens a stones-throw from the city centre
• Tasting local produce at the Covered Market
• Cycling in town or on the "Charles the Bold" route along the River Moselle
• The cultural squares featuring the Arsenal, the Opera-Theatre and the BAM theatres

WHAT TO TASTE

• Quiche Lorraine with bacon, cream and eggs on short crust or flaky pastry
• Golden Mirabelle plums, juicy, fragrant and sweet
• Brightly coloured Paris-Metz macarons topped with raspberries
• PDO Moselle wines from a range of grape varieties
• Macarons de Boulay, made following the same recipe since 1854

WHAT TO BRING BACK

• Mirabelle brandy or liqueur to accompany any dessert
• Crunchy and gold-covered Imperiales chocolates
• A Metz Villeroy & Boch porcelain mug
• Metz-brewed beers
• Scented candles with the perfumes of Lorraine

Getting to Metz