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.
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.
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.
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!
Walking tour or tour with your coach
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
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
The birthplace of Gregorian chant, in October 2019 Metz joined the network of UNESCO creative cities for music. A first for a French city! As you walk through the city, soak up the atmosphere of the buildings and emblematic figures that are part of our history.
1 hour 30 minutes
4 hours (with your coach)