The History of Metz Métropole

Metz and its urban area bring together 3000 years of history, culture and architecture. The so-called “city of gold” has shone on the surrounding communities for centuries. Metz and its wine-growing communities prospered during the Antiquity, at the centre of a real Roman crossroads. Therefore villas, thermal baths, aqueducts and churches thrived.

At the centre of many conflicts during the Thirty Years' War, the War of 1870 and the two World Wars, the territory of the former Bishopric of Metz knows the benefits as well as the trials and tribulations of its proximity to a fortified city, which has marked both spirits and stone.

Military heritage has therefore become intertwined with the Metz Métropole landscape. But despite the conflicts, Metz and its communities have always known how to rebuild themselves and thrive.

As for nature, its diversity of landscapes, shared by the Moselle Coast, its valley and its plateau, allows for pleasant hikes. In addition, Metz is nicknamed the “Ville Jardin” (Garden City) and is one of the first “villes vertes” (green cities) in France. It’s a lovely place to stroll.

Mont Saint-Quentin, witness to this rich and tumultuous past to say the least, overlooks an up and coming and increasingly globalised area, thanks to its culture, art, and many leisure activities.

Metz Métropole is therefore an area of cultural and economic exchanges due to its diverse influences, which makes it a historically dynamic and attractive area. The heritage here is therefore varied, and we invite you to explore its many sides:

  • Urban tourism : The unusual Metz heritage offers a vast field of exploration: there are over one hundred historic monuments to discover in the city centre, and each Metz district immerses you its own atmosphere: pass by the buzzing rue Serpenoise to the calm of the Citadel District, from the friendliness of the Marché Couvert (Covered Market) to the tranquillity of the ramparts trail... 
  • Themed discovery tours of Metz’s 3000 years of intramural history, from the Gallo-Roman era to the present day: thermal baths, ramparts, German’s Gate, medieval areas, Saint-Pierre-aux-Nonnains, Saint Etienne Cathedral (6,500m ² of stained glass from the 13th to the 20thcentury), 18th century squares, Imperial District, Amphitheatre District, Pompidou-Metz Centre...The guided tour of the cathedral has the tourism and disability label for 3 types of disability (physical, visual and mental).
  • Garden tourism (Jardins Jean-Marie Pelt, Botanical Garden, Ile du Saulcy park, Jardin des Tanneurs, Jardin des 5 sens, Grange aux Bois park, Parc du Pas du Loup, Esplanade, Symphonie and Ariane lake gardens, Jardin sans Limites at Robert Schuman’s House, Château de Pange garden, Jouy canal walks, banks of the Moselle and the Seille, Château de Courcelles park).
  • River tourism and aquatic pastimes : “Pavillon Bleu d’Europe” (European Blue Flag) Marina, certified since 2007.
  • Active tourism (tennis, golf, cycling tourism, hiking): In November 2013, Metz was awarded the “Ville et territoire vélotouristiques” (Cycling tourism city and region) certification by the Fédération Française du Cyclotourisme (FFCT - French Federation of Cycling Tourism). In February 2017 they were awarded the “Ville active et sportive” (active and sporty city) certification.
  • Event tourism : Le Livre festival in Metz, Foire de Mai, Constellations de Metz, Hop Hop Hop Festival, Mirabelle plum festival, Metz Plage festival, Metz est Wunderbar festival, St Nicholas’s Day parade, Christmas markets... 
  • Sports tourism : Marathon Metz Mirabelle, FC Metz, Metz Handball, Moselle Open... 
  • Business tourism : Centre des Congrès Metz Robert Schuman (Metz Robert Schuman Conference Centre), Parc des Expositions Metz-Evènements (Metz-Evènements Exhibition Park)...
  • Remembrance tourism : Musée de la guerre de 1870 et de l’Annexion (1870 War and Annexation Museum) in Gravelotte, Fort de Queuleu, Fort Wagner, Metz Bellecroix American Memorial, Chambière Military Cemetery, ramparts...
  • Technical tourism : Transport Centre for the Metz Métropole urban area, PSA Peugeot Citroën, Mirabelle liqueur and Moselle wine production in the surrounding area...
  • Museums / Cultural Sites : The Centre Pompidou-Metz; the Musée de la Cour d’Or in Metz; the Fonds Régional d’Art Contemporain; the Cité Musicale (Arsenal-BAM-Trinitaires), Robert Schuman’s House in Scy-Chazelles; the Musée de la Guerre de 1870 et de l’Annexion in Gravelotte; the Roman aqueduct in Ars-sur-Moselle; the fortified churched in the Metz country; Mont St Quentin: ecological and educational nature site...