Feel our top 5 sensory experiences in Metz…

See contemporary art at the Centre Pompidou-Metz, where varied exhibitions are housed inside a work of art in itself – the building boasts a 77-metre-high spire and an innovative roof inspired by a Chinese hat.

Hear a concert at the Saint-Etienne Cathedral. This awe-inspiring Gothic structure is nicknamed ‘God’s Lantern’ for its array of stained glass.

Smell a classic quiche Lorraine fresh from the oven. Claude Bourguignon on Rue de la Tête d’Or strictly follows the traditional recipe with eggs and smoked bacon, but never cheese.

Taste Mirabelle plums. 80% of the world’s harvest is grown in the Lorraine region –and this prized local fruit is celebrated at a dedicated festival in Metz every August, with tarts and liqueurs galore. You can take a tour of the Mirabelle orchards and Moselle vineyards at the same time.

Touch exhibits at the interactive display at the Maison Robert Schuman. This illustrious entrepreneur launched the European Coal and Steel Community, the first step on the way to the formation of the Common Market and European Union.

Divided by the Moselle and the Seille, this 3,000-year-old city is a little-known treasure. As night falls you can admire illuminated monuments, squares dating from the Middle Ages and the 18th century, and the famed Imperial district. Raise your eyes to gaze at the 6,500 square metres of stained glass windows in the splendid Saint-Etienne cathedral (External link) , and stroll through gardens along the Porte des Allemands ramparts and the riverbanks. Metz (External link) is also home to world-class contemporary art at the Centre Pompidou-Metz (External link) , open since 2010.

Getting to Metz

By air: Luxembourg Airport By train: 1h20m from Paris by TGV By road: A4, A31 (330km from Paris)

Further information:Metz Tourist Office2, place d’Armes57007 MetzTel. +33 (0)3 87 55 53 76 (External link)