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Sightseeing in Metz - what to see. Complete travel guide

Metz is an ancient town situated in the eastern part of the country. The city has a rich history that started over three thousand years ago. Modern Mets is a major industrial center, which attracts visitors by elegant nature landscapes and a relaxed atmosphere that is favorable for undisturbed rest.
St. Etienne Cathedral built in the gothic style is one of the main attractions of Metz. This is also one of the largest religious buildings in France. Near the central square of the town is located the Museum of Art and History, which halls exhibit numerous items that tell about most significant moments in the history of Mets.
The city is located in close proximity to the Moselle River. If you cross the river, you will get to the picturesque Saulx Island. The majority of houses on the island were built in the 18th century. Copyright www.orangesmile.com
On daytime the city is ideal for walks and sightseeing; at night it is almost unrecognizable as Metz turns into a mysterious and unknown place. The reason for this is in the fact that all houses in the town are faced with a kind of iridescent stone that has a rainbow color in the light of lanterns. Boutiques and malls on central streets stay open until late in the evening. You will also find here French restaurants and bars. One of the traditional dishes that you will be offered in any restaurant of the town is the dessert made of mirabella. This fruit was bred by local selectionists from ordinary plums, and you will never find this fruit anywhere else.
If you come to this resort in summer, you will be able to enjoy the splendor of local parks that become the location of numerous concerts on evenings. Each park is decorated with beautiful dancing fountains that calm down and magnetize people, making them watch fountains for hours.
In the city, there is an outstanding Pompidou-Metz Exhibition Center, which will interest all admirers of modern culture. Its building is one of the most beautiful modern buildings of the city. The construction of the center was completed in 2010. Within the walls of the spectacular building, is located the largest exhibition grounds in France. Exhibitions of modern European artists, sculptors and photographers are regularly held here. Thanks to the original form of the roof, the Pompidou-Metz Exhibition Center is one of the most recognizable city attractions.
On the Comedy Square is located the oldest opera house in France, whose building was built in 1753. Like many years ago, today the most popular opera productions are held within its walls. For the years of its existence, the theater managed to preserve its unique historical interior.
The building of the railway station in Metz is also an important historical attraction. It was built in the 19th century by the order of Emperor Wilhelm II. At the time of construction, this railway station was one of the largest and most technically equipped in the country. During the war years, it played an important strategic role. Every day at this station, the trains were maintained by 25,000 soldiers and used to transport cavalry.
One of the most unusual symbols of the city is the Bridge of the Dead, which owes its appearance and gloomy name to the local archbishop. In the Middle Ages, by order of the Archbishop, a number of amazing decrees were issued, all of which were executed without question. According to one of these decrees, after the death of every citizen, his richest robe was to become the property of the bishop. Expensive clothes were sold, and all money received from the sale was invested in the construction of the bridge.
For many years, the Metz has been unofficially called the Garden City. Beautiful orchards and parks occupy a significant part of its territory. Travelers, who visit the city in summer, will have the opportunity to stroll through these marvelous gardens and try fragrant raspberries, which are the largest in the world. For those who like long walks, there is an interesting 34 kilometer long hiking trail in Metz. It covers all the most significant and picturesque places of the city. Part of the footpath passes along the river bank.

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Map of all castles
Survived castles around Metz
♥   Castle 'Château de Woippy' Moselle, 2.6 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Château de Vry' Moselle, 13.3 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Château de Helfedange' Moselle, 14.7 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Château de Luttange' Moselle, 18.3 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Château de Ancerville' Moselle, 19.6 km from the center. On the map   Photo
Map of all parks
National and city parks around Metz
♥   Regional Nature Park 'Lorraine' , 32.4 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   National Park 'Hunsrück-Hochwald' , 73.8 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   National Park 'Eifel' , 97.5 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Regional Nature Park 'Ballons des Vosges' , 141 km from the center. On the map   Photo
Map of all art museums
Art galleries in Metz and around
♥   Art museum 'Centre Pompidou-Metz; The Golden Courtyard Museums' Metz, 3 km from the center. On the map   Photo

Sightseeing in France: things to see

France is home to internationally famous Notre Dame de Paris Cathedral. During its long history, the cathedral was a witness of many important historic events. During many years the cathedral never ceases to amaze its visitors with its magnificent beauty and splendour. However, when asked about Paris or France, most people will name another landmark – Eiffel Tower, which is located in the heart of the capital. There is an observation deck on the top of the tower, from which visitors can enjoy stunning panoramic views of Paris. … Open
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