City Guide: Metz
Metz is a city in the East of France, located in the Moselle Department. With its historic charm, Metz is also a touristic destination. However, I personally liked other cities in France somewhat more than Metz. Nevertheless, I’ll get you an idea of what to expect in this extensive city guide.
First of all, it is worth noting that our trip to Metz wasn’t exactly blessed by good weather. It was raining, raining and raining. There was hardly any minute without rain, making the visit somewhat less enjoyable. Nevertheless, we tried to make the best out of it and explored Metz for a couple of hours.
Place de la Republique & Arsenal de Metz
We started our visit with the Place de la Republique, which is one of the main squares in Metz.
There, you can find several interesting building. For example, the Banque of France has a magnificent building at the Place de la Republique.
One of the famous buildings in Metz is the Arsenal de Metz, which has a lot of historic relevance and is a museum today.
If you are in the area, I’d recommend to take a minor detour in the direction of the Hotel de la Citadelle (which you will find signs for), which is an interesting historic itself.
However, even more beautiful is the Palais de Gouverneur Metz. Even in the rain, this palace is definitely worth seeing.
For better weather, I’d also recommend exploring the very nice Parc de la Republique, which is located nearby.
Moyen Pont & Temple Neuf Metz
Another famous landmark of Metz is the Temple Neuf, which is located on an island in-between the two arms of the Moselle.
Coming from the Place de la Republique, you need to walk in the direction of the river and then turn right. Here, you’ll spot a nice view of the Moyen Port and the Temple Neuf in the background. While I’ve seen more beautiful bridges, the Moyen Pont is still quite nice. The Temple Neuf also doesn’t look all that great on my pictures due to the bad weather, but it’s totally charming when the sun is shining.
Sadly, it wasn’t possible to visit the church either.
Theatre, Opera & Place de la Comedie Metz
When you are at the Temple Neuf in Metz, you’ll just have to turn around and immediately see a couple of more interesting buildings. It’s actually more of a complex, which I’d call the cultural centre of Metz.
There’s the Opera-Theatre de Metz, which is still used for all cultural events in the city. The Place de la Comedie, which is located right in front of the Opera-Theatre, is generally a nice area.
Just a few steps away, you can also find the Place de la Prefecture with several more interesting buildings around, including the Prefecture de Moselle.
Additionally, you can have a very nice view of the Old Town and the Cathedral from this spot in Metz.
Metz Cathedral & Place d’Armes
Speaking of the city center, you won’t be able to miss the massive cathedral. It is a little tough to take a picture of it as it just incredibly big. The architecture isn’t all that special in my opinion, though.
Personally, I liked the Place d’Armes, which is located right next to the cathedral, a little more. There are a couple of nice buildings including the Mairie de Metz (the Town Hall) as well as the historic building, the tourism office is located in.
From here, you can explore the city center of Metz a little more. There are a few nice streets, but (maybe do to the weather) I didn’t find the city center to be very special. In my opinion, the Eglise Notre-Dame as well as the Rue du Change are the nicest areas of town.
However, I’m sure that the city center of Metz is generally nicer when the weather is better.
Eglise Saint-Eucarie & Porte des Allemands
One of the most famous buildings in Metz is the Porte des Allemands, which is located a good ten minutes away from the city center by foot. When going there, you’ll also pass the Eglise Saint-Eucarie, which is nice, but not remarkably so.
The Porte des Allemans is way cooler and sort-of brings you back into historic Metz, where fortresses played a major role. The gate is massive and consists of a large inner courtyard and two towers.
Additionally, it is nestled into the river, making it a very scenic place. If the weather is better, you may also have a nice walk by the river, where you can find other remainings of the old city wall.
Porte Serpenoise & Place Reymond Mondon
Last but not least, we’ve checked out the Porte Serpenoise, which is located on the opposite side of the city. Here, you’ll find a historic monument from the Roman ages, which is way smaller than the Porte des Allemands, but has its own charm.
Plus, the area around the Porte Serpenoise is quite nice. Here you’ll find a couple of nice buildings, many around the Place Raymond Mondon.
Only steps away, there’s the Tour Camoufle, which is supposed to be another highlight of Metz. Yet, it didn’t impress me very much. I’d rather recommend walking in the direction of the train station, which is one of the nicest in France, in my opinion.
From there, you’ll also be able to catch a glimpse of the Château d’Eau, another historic monument of Metz.
Overall impressions of Metz
After visiting a couple of cities in France, I’ve got a really big fan of the country. However, Metz didn’t impress me all that much. Sure, the weather was a huge factor, but even besides that I didn’t find the city to be as charming as other cities in France.
Sure, there are a couple of nice historic buildings, interesting remainings of the city wall and also a very impressive cathedral, but the city lacks the uniqueness I’ve found in other cities in France. While I would still recommend visiting Metz, I’d say that one day is enough to explore the city. It also wouldn’t be my top priority, but if you are in the area, visiting Metz definitely is worth it!
Do you have any questions about Metz? Feel free to ask or share your impressions in the comments!