1. The impressive New Temple
When you discover Metz, one building immediately stands out: The New Temple, a beautiful Protestant church, built in 1901. The church is located on the island of L’île du Petit Saulcy and has a mysterious look. You will find many striking large trees that grow in all directions. For example, over the edges of the walls around the island. The island is surrounded by the waters of the Moselle. Cruise around the island by boat or walk up the island via a bridge to get to the church. From the island you have various viewpoints over the Moselle and you look out on the authentic canal houses.
2. Cathedral St-Étienne
The St-Étienne Cathedral is an impressive 88 meters high church from the 13th century. Much of the front consists of statues, gargoyles and large round windows. Inside the cathedral you can see how immense the building is. Look up to see the great organ and admire the high columns. The cathedral is colorfully lit by the stained glass that is richly present in the church.
3. Medieval city gate Porte des Allemands
Porte des Allemands is the city gate of Metz and was built in 1230. The city gate has remained in its original state. During the Second World War, the gate was damaged, but this damage has been repaired without any modifications. Walk through the drawbridge to the center of the square. You are surrounded by towers, walls, hatches and gates. For a moment it feels as if you are going back in time to the Middle Ages. Climb the walls via the narrow spiral staircases of the towers. From here you can enjoy the view over the city and the River Seille which flows below the Porte des Allemands.
4. Shop till you drop
There are several shopping streets, indoor shopping centers and specialty shops in Metz. It is therefore the perfect city to go shopping. Stroll through the streets and discover the nicest boutiques and artistic studios with homemade sculptures, paintings and furniture. If you want to make it a complete shopping day, there is a huge indoor shopping center Muse, just outside the center of Metz. More than 100 different shops are located here, spread over 3 floors.