Head to Metz, in the heart of Lorraine. Put your suitcases in our 3-star hotels and venture out to meet a two-thousand-year-old city where medieval remains rub shoulders with contemporary art.
Find the not to be missed sights of Metz
From your Kyriad Metz Center hotel, go to the Saint-Etienne de Metz cathedral which is around ten minutes away on foot. From the heights of the Sainte-Croix hill, it seems to dominate the city. Admire its arcades in Jaumont stone, the "stone of the sun", which comes from nearby limestone quarries. With its 6,500m² of stained glass, the cathedral has the largest glass area in France, which earned it the nickname "Lantern of God". It is also one of the tallest cathedrals in France, with a vault that rises to 42 m. The cathedral was built between the thirteenth and sixteenth centuries, from two churches facing each other: a fifth-century sanctuary and a Romanesque basilica of the eleventh century. While it is Gothic in style, it has Roman and Merovingian elements, such as the bishop's throne or the baptismal font. A few damaged stained glass windows were replaced by modern versions by Jacques Villon, Marc Chagall and Roger Bissière. Note also in the choir the bronze, marble and solid oak furniture, recently designed by Swiss designer Mattia Bonetti.
Located just a 10-minuite walk from your Kyriad Metz Center hotel, the Pompidou-Metz center is the excuse to explore the current trends of creation, in an atypical architectural setting. Open since 2010, this is the first decentralization of a national public cultural institution: the Pompidou Center in Paris. The latter exports its know-how and collections in the regions. Now, it's more than 100,000 works of which we speak, one of the two best collections of modern and contemporary art in the world! With temporary exhibitions and a cultural program consisting of conferences, screenings and live shows, the art center wants to create bridges between disciplines in order to arouse the interest of a large audience. Enjoying an unusual architecture imagined by Shigeru Ban and Jean de Gastines (to whom we also owe the musical Seine of Seguin Island in Boulogne-Billancourt), the exhibition spaces, with large volumes, allow the installation of monumental works and lend themselves to perfectly to the performances that are regularly presented. On leaving, let yourself be tempted by a walk along the Seille, through the gardens Jean-Marie Pelt. Other works await you at the turn of a grove or an alley. A sweet way to close your course.
Located on the site of an old private property of more than 4 hectares, Metz Botanical Garden has about one hundred trees, including a few rare species such as a 40 meter high sequoia, planted 140 years ago. From your Kyriad Metz Center hotel, go for a country walk in its tree-lined avenues. Laid out as an English garden (that is to say, the layout is irregular), it contains among other things a bald cypress, ginkgos, and centenarians. Created in 1866, it also hosts a collection of greenhouses. Originating from the 1861 World Fair, their steel frames were raised in the park and contain a multitude of cacti and palm trees. If you prefer the flowers, the scent garden and the rose garden will enchant you. With 80 rosebushes, perennials and climbing plants such as winter jasmine or ornamental kiwi, the subtle blend of fragrances that unfolds will transport you to an olfactory Eden. A few water features with water lilies and aquatic plants will punctuate your journey. Finally, you can relax while taking refreshment in the tea room. A green break that will delight budding botanists and inquisitive walkers.