Top things to do in Lorraine

Top Choice Gallery in Nancy

Musée des Beaux-Arts

Lodged in a regal 18th-century edifice, Nancy's standout gallery occupies art lovers for hours. A wrought-iron staircase curls gracefully up to the 2nd floor, where a chronological spin begins with 14th- to 17th-cen…
Top Choice Cathedral in Metz

Cathédrale St-Étienne

The lacy golden spires of this Gothic cathedral crown Metz’ skyline. Exquisitely lit by kaleidoscopic curtains of 13th- to 20th-century stained glass, the cathedral is nicknamed ‘God’s lantern’ and its sense of heig…
Top Choice Square in Nancy

Place Stanislas

Nancy’s crowning glory is this grand neoclassical square and Unesco World Heritage Site. Designed by Emmanuel Héré in the 1750s, it was named after the enlightened, Polish-born duke of Lorraine, whose statue stands …
Top Choice Gallery in Metz

Centre Pompidou-Metz

Designed by Japanese architect Shigeru Ban, with a curved roof resembling a space-age Chinese hat, the architecturally innovative Centre Pompidou-Metz is the star of Metz' art scene. The satellite branch of Paris’ C…
Top Choice French in Metz

L'Imaginarium

Decorated with one-of-a-kind artworks, this sleek, monochrome bistro by the river is one of Metz’ top foodie addresses. The season-driven menu emphasises clean, bright flavours in dishes such as salmon with pumpkin …
Top Choice Cemetery in Romagne-sous-Montfaucon

Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery

The largest US military cemetery in Europe is this WWI ground, where 14,246 soldiers lie buried – a sobering sea of white crosses reaching as far as the eye can see. The cemetery is located 41km northwest of Verdun …
Historic Site in Verdun

Citadelle Souterraine

Comprising 7km of underground galleries, this cavernous subterranean citadel was designed by military engineer Sébastien Le Prestre de Vauban in the 17th century and completed in 1838. In 1916 it was turned into an …
Museum in Romagne-sous-Montfaucon

Romagne ’14 -’18

This heart-rending museum, which, in the words of owner Jean-Paul de Vries, is all about ‘life stories’ and ‘the human being behind the helmet’. Artefacts are shown in the state in which they were found – rust, dirt…
Memorial in Verdun

Ossuaire de Douaumont

Rising like a gigantic artillery shell above 15,000 crosses that bleed into the distance, this sombre, 137m-long ossuary, inaugurated in 1932, is one of France’s most important WWI memorials. A ticket to the 20-minu…
Fort in Verdun

Fort de Douaumont

Sitting high on a hill, this is the strongest of the 38 fortresses and bastions built along a 45km front to protect Verdun. When the Battle of Verdun began, 400m-long Douaumont – whose 3km network of cold, dripping …