"Metz - A small touch of Germany in France" Metz by Airpunk

Metz Travel Guide: 186 reviews and 584 photos

Metz is located in an area where France is as boring as the correspondent area in neighbouring Germany. Still, you can enjoy Metz as a daytrip destination with a beautiful old city to discover. Maybe you will even find out that Metz is not boring at all. There is a lot to see, if you are interested in architecture. The park and the charme of the streets in the old town are attracting more and more visitors as well.
Anyway, I enjoyed my daytrip to Metz and would recommend it to anyone having the chance to do the same.

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Metz is one of the oldest European cities. Permanent settlements have been there as early as pre-Roman times. For centuries, it was an independent city within the Holy Roman Empire and a focus point for the church with many churches and monasteries. In 1552, it became part of the French Empire. The famous architect Vauban who designed several fortresses for Louis XIV als changed the face of the city. Metz became a fortress and was used as a military base for military operations in the East of France. The short German period from 1871 to 1918 and the vicinity to Germany put the city under German influence, although few remains of it are seen today (most notably architecture at the Quartier de la Gare - around the main train station). Today, the city is gaining importance due to its vicinity to Belgium, Luxembourg and Germany as well as through its growing University.

  • Last visit to Metz: Oct 2011
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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