The theme tours

Ville d’Art et d’Histoire (French City of Art and History)

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.

Metz Gardens

Right in the heart of the town, on Sainte-Croix hill, you will find the Tanneurs garden, inspired by the Mediterranean, and the splendid Récollets Cloisters (14th century), which today houses the European Institute of Ecology and the Municipal Archives, as well as a Jardin des Simples (Physic Garden) where you can discover, or rediscover, a variety of medicinal plants.

The vast Esplanade French formal garden, in the old citadel district, reveals its elegant statuary and harmonious fountains a stone’s throw away from the town’s shopping streets.

Option: coach trip to visit the Botanical Garden, a 4.4-hec-tare landscaped park created in 1866, and a member of the “Jardins sans Limites” network.

2 hours
Walking tour

Garden in Metz
Copyright: Philippe Gisselbrecht - Ville de Metz

Sublime stained-glass

Saint-Etienne Cathedral
Copyright: Jacco van de Kuilen

The art of light par excellence, stained-glass windows are present everywhere in Metz’s religious buildings. The tour proposes a discovery of the stained-glass windows from the medieval period through to contemporary creations,  notably the stained-glass windows in Metz Cathedral and those  designed by Jean Cocteau in Saint-Maximin’s church.

2 hours
Walking tour

God's lantern to the imperial station

Starting from Saint-Etienne’s Cathedral and ending at the Centre Pompidou-Metz, a two-hour walk through the city, taking in the Place Saint-Louis and the Imperial Quarter. So many different architectural styles!

2 hours
Walking tour or tour with your coach

Railway station
Copyright: Philippe Gisselbrecht - Ville de Metz

Rabelaisian stroll

Place Saint-Louis
Copyright: Studio Hussenot

This walk through the medieval town conjures up hostelries and gastronomy through the ages.

Option: the tour ends with a tasting of local produce.  (€8 supplement/person), except Sundays, Mondays and public holidays.

1 hour 30 minutes
Walking tour

Medieval and Renaissance Metz

Sainte-Croix hill, the historic heart of the town, has kept a medieval feel with its narrow winding streets, its little squares and mansions.

The walk takes you past the Musée de la Cour d’Or, the hôtel Saint-Livier to the Récollets cloisters, and the remains of the house in which Rabelais stayed to the Place Saint-Louis, where you can admire the Italian-influenced  medieval architecture.

This tour includes the cathedral.

1 hour 30 minutes / 2 hours
Walking tour

Cloître des Récollets
Copyright: Philippe Gisselbrecht - Ville de Metz

Countrysite tours in the Metz area

Around Metz
Copyright: Agence Inspire Metz
    • Fortified Churches tour:
      Around Metz, the wit-nesses of a rich and turbu-lent past will reveal them-selves to you: Sillégny church (16th century frescoes), the fortified churches of the Metz Republic…
          • Castles and gardens tour:
            Gardens and sites: The Laquenexy fruit gardens, Château de Pange and its garden, Maison Robert-Schuman and its botanical garden.
            Tastings: tasting tour of the Mélanie Distillery (plum brandy distillery) and Moselle wine-tasting tours at our partners’ wineries.

          4 hours (with your coach)

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

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