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 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…
Church in Metz

Église St-Pierre-aux-Nonains

Originally built around 380 as part of a Gallo-Roman spa complex, Église St-Pierre-aux-Nonains is a fine example of a pre-medieval basilica, tracing almost 2000 years of history. Now a cultural centre, it can only b…
Museum in Metz

Musée La Cour d’Or

Delve into the past at this trove of Gallo-Roman antiquities, hiding remnants of the city’s Roman baths and a statue of the Egyptian goddess Isis unearthed right here in Metz. Your visit continues with art from the …
Square in Metz

Place de la Comédie

Bounded by one of the channels of the Moselle, this neoclassical square is home to the city’s 18th-century Théâtre, France’s oldest theatre still in use. During the Revolution, place de l’Égalité (as it was then kno…
Square in Metz

Place St-Louis

On the eastern edge of the city centre, triangular place St-Louis is surrounded by medieval arcades and merchants’ houses dating from the 14th to 16th centuries.
Historic Quarter in Metz

Quartier Impérial

The stately boulevards and bourgeois villas of the German Imperial Quarter, including rue Gambetta and av Foch, are the brainchild of Kaiser Wilhelm II. Philippe Starck lamp posts juxtapose Teutonic sculptures, whos…
Park in Metz

Riverside Park

In summer, pedal boats and rowboats can be rented on quai des Régates. The promenade leads through a leafy riverside park, with statues, ponds, swans and a fountain. It’s the ideal picnic spot.
Fort in Metz

Fort du Hackenberg

The largest single Maginot Line bastion in the Metz area was the 1000-man Fort du Hackenberg, whose 10km of galleries were designed to be self-sufficient for three months and, in battle, to fire 4 tonnes of shells a…
Park in Metz


The formal flowerbeds of the Esplanade – and its statue of a gallant-looking Marshall Ney – are flanked by imposing buildings, including the Arsenal cultural centre and the sober, neoclassical Palais de Justice.