Romantic getaway

Are you coming to visit Metz as a couple and would like to go on an unusual outing while you're there? In summer or in winter, indoors or outdoors, you’ll always find something to suit you.

Boat trip

Like the sound of a little romantic trip out on the water? Set sail! There are several solar-powered boats on the Moselle (departing from the marina or the Moyen-Pont) that will take you on an exploration of the heritage sites around the city centre (cathedral, Theatre, Temple Neuf...) as well as the surrounding natural areas. You are guaranteed to find these two-hour trips enjoyable, whether you choose the trip at daybreak with breakfast, in the afternoon with a picnic, or at sunset with cocktails.

Bookings required, subject to availability.

How about a boat ride?

It’s well known that couples like to feel like they're the only ones in the whole world... at least during a boat trip anyway! Put on your captain's uniform and take the helm of a small boat or pedalo, and wander wherever your heart takes you. When you approach the city centre, you’ll see the Jardin des Amours (Lover's garden) behind the Temple Neuf, as well as the Opera-Theatre, where many romantic dramas and happy endings play out each year. The swans are never too far away, adding to the perfection of this idyllic image, almost as if straight out of a fairytale.

Stroll along the canal to the botanical garden

There’s nothing quite like the canal promenade for wanderers and contemplative lovers who like walking along the docks, to the sound of the lapping waters and the rustling of the wind in the trees. From the city centre, walk alongside the marina and the lake, then stroll along Jouy canal towards the botanical garden. This lush green setting is the perfect place to wander around and stop for a picnic on the lawn, with the lakes, remarkable trees, a greenhouse and an aviary.

You can see the sunset from this path if you head back to Metz via the canal on an evening. Romantic photos guaranteed!

The botanical garden is open every day until night fall. It is also possible to get there by bus or by bike.

Find out more about the botanical garden 

Walk around the ramparts and the Frigos Ardents open-air café

Metz was a fortified city in the Middle Ages, entrenched in its powerful ramparts, which nowadays offer a bucolic walk along the water. On the Moselle side, there’s a superb view of the cathedral and Ile de la Comédie. On the Seille side, you can see the defensive towers of the Chemin des Corporations, nestled in the heart of a wilder landscape. Your stroll ends at the Porte des Allemands (German's Gate), the former fortress-like entrance to the city, where free exhibitions can be seen throughout the year.

In spring and summer, behind the Porte des Allemands, Frigos Ardents welcomes you for a glass of Moselle wine in an intimate setting. In addition to its varied programme of activities, this small cultural open-air café, housed in the town's former military warehouses, offers a menu based on local and seasonal products. The evening has only just begun!

An evening at the Opera-Theatre

Red velvet chairs, golden stucco cast ceiling, side boxes to see and be seen, stage curtain swaying on the wooden floor at the start of the show... If these few words are pleasing to the ear, you will enjoy an evening at the Opéra-Théâtre of Eurométropole Metz.

It was built with Jaumont stone in the middle of the 18th century, and is the oldest opera-theatre in France that is still in use. Its traditional Italian style auditorium offers the ideal setting for a romantic evening, for an authentic cultural experience. Theatre, dance, opera and classical singing are given pride of place in a rich and varied programme that runs from October to June.

And after the show, why not go to a restaurant in Metz city centre, a stone’s throw away from the opera-theatre?

Fine-dining and the 7th Art

The 7th Art is also a key feature of culture! Treat yourself to a picture at the Metz city centre cinema then head to one of the many nearby restaurants. Several restaurateurs in Metz are grouped together under the name "Tables de Rabelais", a quality label guaranteeing the freshness and origin of the products used. It’s a way to pay tribute to François Rabelais, the famous French writer-physician and lover of fine-dining who stayed in Metz in 1546.

See the list of "Tables de Rabelais" restaurants

At Christmas: the big wheel and mulled wine

If you are coming during the Christmas markets, why not take a trip on the big wheel? Sitting comfortably in one of the cabins, high up in the air, you can admire the city centre as it unfolds beneath your feet. Metz is even more charming when it lights up at night time for the festivities. The mulled wine chalets await you to warm you up when you come back down.

Find out more about the Christmas festivities

Valentine’s Day

In February, you’ll fall in love with Metz at first sight! Café and shop windows are decorated in their most beautiful finery to delight you, and many restaurateurs prepare festive menus that will charm your taste buds.

During the week of the 14th February, the Inspire Metz Agency - Tourist Office pulls out all the stops and offers several special Valentine's Day guided tours. But it isn’t always about sweet nothings and bunches of flowers... Because the original stories that you’ll be told are sometimes funny, and sometimes tragic. But they will always take you on a rather unusual discovery of Metz.

Subject to the programme. Booking required, subject to availability.

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