Metz, Ville d’Art et d’Histoire (French City of Art and History), becomes accessible to children through fun, cultural and fantasy guided tours...
Our passionate tour guides, some of whom are storytellers, know how to describe legends to little ones, and help them discover the city in a fantastic and imaginative way...
Discover our trips below and choose one that suits them best: a theme, a site, a museum, a district...
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 NF Services d’AFNOR CERTIFICATION 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.
Chagall for children
The marvellous world of Chagall, where magic and colours will enchant children and allow them to understand the exciting episodes of biblical history.
The fantastic cathedral
Children discover the history of Pierre Perrat who, it is said, made a deal with the devil... And that of Graoully, the dragon which terrorised the city... because the legends of ancient times sleep under the ancestral vaults...
The beastly and symbolic train station
The train station’s sculptures are very diverse. Children discover the faces of the train station through portrait galleries, and anecdotal and funny scenes.
The German's Gate for children
Bridges, doors and fortresses all at the same time, this tale of the medieval city ramparts allows children to address and understand the art of military architecture.
Site open in the afternoons from Tuesday to Sunday.
The builders of the cathedral
How were men in the Middle Ages able to create such buildings? How long does it take to build a cathedral? Which craftsmen worked on these construction sites? What tools and knowledge did they use? Their expertise still inspires respect today.
The Cocteau stained glass windows for children
Children experience a world of wonder and poetry through Jean Coctrau’s stained-glass windows in Saint-Maximin church. They’ll discover the tales of Greek legends, the fascination with African masks and the enchanting universe of fairy tales that are all depicted in a dream-like purple and blue shade.
Medieval Metz (from 8 years old)
From Saint-Etienne Cathedral to the Place Saint-Louis arcades, passing by the winding streets of Sainte-Croix hill, the tour guide will help you to relive the medieval period and its remarkable personalities.
Art and mathematics (from 10 years old)
Discover the importance of mathematics in the creation of artworks in every era. From Place d’Armes to the Palais du Gouverneur, we’ll discuss the cathedral builders, the golden ratio, and the invention of contemporary art and perspective.
Tales and legends from Lorraine (from 6 years old)
From Saint-Etienne Cathedral to Place Saint-Louis, passing by the banks of the Moselle river, children will discover Metz legends and tales born from medieval imagination and the curious facts of our city.
Chirstmas tales and legends (from 6 years old)
Go and meet Saint Nicholas and the magic of Christmas through the activities and decorations in the city at this time of year.
The lion’s chase through the city (from 6 years old)
The lion is a symbol of strength and power which has been present through the centuries. Crouching, winged, trained, all you have to do is look up to see its majesty in the streets of Metz, and even among the colours of the cathedral.
The Botanical Garden (from 6 years old)
Duck ponds, rose garden, mini train and playgrounds... everyone knows about it... and children love it! But what do we know about the gingko tree, the katsura tree, and the giant redwood? For the most curious, the greenhouses hide even more surprises around succulent plants and carnivorous plants... A trip to be enjoyed in summer!
The aquatic bestiary: from Moreau bridge to the Esplanade fountains (from 6 years old)
Children will discover legends from the Moselle riverbanks and the aquatic bestiary of the Esplanade fountains, populated with strange animals, undines, and delirious frogs celebrating the transformational world of Grimm’s fairy tales.
Legends and dragons: follow the tracks of the Graoully (from 6 years old)
The famous Metz dragon, the Graoully, had established his lair underneath an amphitheatre, where bloody spectacles whose cruelty equalled that of the monster took place. This tour allows children to discover a world full of creatures and haunted by ancestral beliefs...
The imperial district (from 10 years old)
A new city emerged during the Germany occupation. The train station, built at the centre of this exceptional group of urban buildings, symbolises the all-powerful nature of the German empire at the beginning of the 20th century.
Monsters, gargoyles and others (from 6 years old)
Meet fabulous monsters, witches and other chimera by walking through the city at a wild pace.
Antique Metz (from 10 years old)
The Roman era left many marks on our city: from the outline of roads to their names and from reality to legends, several remains from antique Divodurum Mediomatricorum are still visible today. Option to finish the tour at Saint-Maximin to discover Jean Cocteau’s stained-glass windows. Throughout his life, one of his sources of inspiration was mythology.
Poetic stroll (from 11 to 14 years old - max. 20 students)
Metz, the birthplace of Verlaine, has also been marked by other poets. Guests will listen to poetic texts by various authors, and can recite works of their choice over the course of a walk from Saint-Etienne Cathedral to the Esplanade, passing by the poet’s house.
Visit the Maison de Verlaine (Verlaine’s House) in Metz to round off this trip.
Poets in the grass (1 hour 30 minutes / from 8 to 11 years old - max. 20 students)
Verlaine, the Prince of Poets, loved his hometown, with its “Cathedral all in volute” and “the Mute, that big voice of the good Lord! ”. After a brief discovery of the Saint-Etienne Cathedral sculptures, the children are invited to dip their quill in the poetry ink, to express the riches of the cathedral in their own words.
Terms and conditions
Students and children are the responsibility of the teachers and/or supervisors. Discipline is carried out by teachers and school supervisory staff.
Booking at least 10 days in advance, subject to availability.
Lower price as a guide only, subject to seasonal fluctuations