The must-see tours

Ville d’Art et d’Histoire (French City of Art and History) and guided tours
Respecting the criteria of the “Ville d’Art et d’Histoire” label and conforming to the Qualité Tourisme™ requirements, Inspire Metz agency - Tourist Office commits to an approach that values and promotes Metz heritage by offering quality tours with qualified tour guides to both visitors and Metz residents.

Tours celebrating 800 years of Saint Etienne Cathedral

From November 2019 to Whitsun 2021, the eight hundredth anniversary of this building is paying homage to the renowned architects and artists who have contributed to its reputation. A variety of events are taking place in the museum and across the surrounding area to reveal or rediscover this emblematic building of the city of Metz.

Agence Inspire Metz – Office de Tourisme offers accommodation packages to take in all the celebrations, together with themed guided tours for young and old, pilgrims, visitors or art-lovers, around Metz cathedral and the city’s religious buildings.

1 hour 30 minutes / 2 hours

Available tours :

1. Cathedral – Saint-Clément’s church
2. Cathedral – Saint-Vincent’s basilica
3. Cathedral – New Temple
4. Cathedral – Saint-Pierre-aux-Nonnains
5. Cathedral – Saint-Martin’s church
6. Cathedral – Church of Our Lady
7. Cathedral – Saint-Maximin’s church
8. Cathedral – Saint-Eucaire’s church
9. Cathedral – Sainte-Ségolène’s church
10. Saint-Theresa’s church: a concrete cathedral
11. Saint-Joseph’s church, Montigny-lès-Metz

Saint Etienne Cathedral
Copyright: Studio Hussenot

Metz - City Tour

Place de la Comédie in Metz
Copyright: Philippe Gisselbrecht – Ville de Metz

An important Gallo-Roman town, capital of the Merovingian kingdom of Austrasia, birthplace of the Carolingian kings, opulent medieval city and capital of the Three Bishoprics province… Metz offers some exceptional architectural sites and monuments.

From Metz Cathedral to the old Citadel district, passing through the Place de la Comédie, so many witnesses to its glorious past, symbols of town planning and contemporary art.

The tour includes the visit to Saint-Étienne cathedral. 

The tour continues by coach only to the Imperial Quarter and the square in front of the Centre Pompidou-Metz.

1 hour 30 minutes / 2 hours
Walking tour or bus tour

Outre-Seille and Porte des Allemands (German’s Gate)

A guided tour through the Outre-Seille district, with its medieval churches of Saint Eucaire and Saint Maximin (the latter has some remarkable stained-glass windows designed by Jean Cocteau).

The Porte des Allemands (13th-16th centuries) is unique in France as an example of a fortified bridge, as well as being the last of the 18 gates that originally stood in Metz’s medieval walls.

A veritable little castle, symbolic of the town, this example of Metz’s military architecture offers some wonderful views over the River Seille and the gardens.

2 hours
Walking tour or bus tour
Accessible to people with reduced mobility

Germans' Gate
Copyright: Philippe Gisselbrecht – Ville de Metz

God's Lantern

Saint Etienne Cathedral
Copyright: Philippe Gisselbrecht – Ville de Metz

Built between 1220 and 1520, Metz’s Saint-Etienne’s Cathedral dominates the city and boasts some magnificent stained-glass windows dating from the 13th to the 20th centuries by renowned artists (including Chagall).

This jewel of Gothic architecture will be celebrating its 800th anniversary until Whitsun 2021. Not to be missed!

Renowned for: one of the tallest naves in France.

ALSO :

the fantastic cathedral: gargoyles, a fantastic bestiary, fabulous monsters conjuring up ancient times steeped in mythical beliefs.              

1 hour / 1 hour 30 minutes
Walking tour
Accessible to people with reduced mobility

Art & Tech Architecture The Amphitheatre quarter

The renovation of the Amphitheatre Quarter is based on two key ideas: a rich urban mix and sustainable development. It hosts a wide range of activities, and is a lively meeting place, leisure and business centre. It is home to the Centre Pompidou-Metz, Centre Metz Congrès Robert Schuman and Philippe Starck’s forthcoming “Maison Heler” hotel.

It is a showcase for some prestigious names in architecture: Shigeru Ban and Jean de Gastines, Nicolas Michelin, Jean-Paul Viguier, Jean-Michel Wilmotte, Christian de Portzamparc, and designer Philippe Starck.

1 hour
Walking tour

Centre Pompidou-Metz
Copyright: Studio Hussenot

Imperial quarter

Railway station
Copyright: Philippe Gisselbrecht – Ville de Metz

An exceptional illustration of German town planning dating from the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th centuries, the Imperial Quarter offers an overview of historical and modern styles: neo-Romanesque, neo-Gothic, neo-Renaissance, Jugendstil.

The railway station - this district’s central feature, voted the “most beautiful station in France” in an online poll in 2017 and 2018 - is sure to astound you by its size (300 metres long) and Neo-Romanesque style.

1 hour 30 minutes / 2 hours
Walking tour
Accessible to people with reduced mobility

Information and booking


Reception service
Tel: +33 (0)3 87 39 01 02
Fax: +33 (0)3 87 36 59 43
Mail: reservation@inspire-metz.com

Booking at least 10 days in advance, subject to availability.

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