4x Highlights of historical Metz

Not far from Nancy, lays Metz, the capital of the Lorraine region. This city has often been fought over in the past and Metz has been in the hands of both the Germans and the French. This is reflected in the old architecture and the looks of the city. It is a versatile city where you can stroll for hours. We are happy to tell you what you should not miss when you visit Metz.

#1 The impressive New Temple

When you discover Metz, one building will immediately stand out. This is the “New Temple”. A beautiful Protestant church with high round towers, 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 notable large trees that grow in the craziest directions. Some grow over the edges of the walls around the island and others are so heavy and large that they are supported by special constructions. The island is surrounded by the water of the Moselle. Take a boat along the island or walk up the island via a bridge to arrive at the fairytale church. From the island you have different viewpoints over the Moselle and you look out on the nice canal houses.

#2 Cathedral St-Étienne of Metz

St-Étienne Cathedral is an impressive 88-meter-high appearance from the 13th century. Much of the front consists of statues, gargoyles and large round windows. Inside the cathedral you will see how immense the building is. Look up, see the large organ and admire the tall 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 WWII the gate was damaged, but this damage was repaired without any adjustments. Walk through the drawbridge to the center of the square. You are surrounded by towers, walls, shutters and gates. For a moment it feels like you are going back in time to the Middle Ages. You can reach the walls via the narrow spiral stairs of the towers. From here, you can enjoy the view over the city and the river Seille that flows under the Porte des Allemands.

#4 Shopping city

There are various shopping streets, covered shopping malls and specialty shops in Metz. It is therefore the perfect shopping city. Stroll through the streets and discover the best boutiques, with all kinds of gadgets. Find the most artistic studios with homemade sculptures, paintings and furniture. Haven’t shopped enough? Just outside the center of Metz is the covered mall “Muse”. More than 100 different shops are located here, spread over 3 floors. So if you want to make it a complete shopping day, Muse is a must.

Metz the new temple

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