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Metz stylishly subverts the conventions of typical French towns. With its rich German heritage, military traditional and golden limestone buildings, Metz is an imitable and intriguing place in which to enjoy a sunny sojourn. Amongst the sinuous streets of the outstanding old town, a myriad of styles prevails; observe everything from Roman vestiges and Medieval market squares to splendid classical facades. The contemporary compliments the classic in many of Metz’s magnificent museums, all of which make compelling cultural contributions to the townscape.
One of Metz’s most legendary landmarks is it remarkable Rail Station, a beautifully Baroque structure that was built during the German occupation. The structure exudes an air of imperial majesty which is only enhanced by the beautiful surrounding gardens, that reside upon the beautiful banks of the Moselle River.
Metz’s religious heritage is rich and its 40 sacred structures are testament to this godly grandeur; arguably the most impressive is the Cathedral St. Ettienne in the vibrant Place d’Armes. With its lovely riverside location and sprawling stained glass windows, the consecrated cathedral is an arresting vision.
Metz’s captivating contemporary art museum rivals Paris’s large Louvre in terms of content and curation. Dedicated to recognising the talent of emerging artists, the Centre-Pompidou displays permanent and temporary exhibitions that burst with colour and charisma.
Considered to be one of Metz’s most refined restaurants, the Restaurant des Roches is a chic and sophisticated place in which to sample traditional specialities. Expect to enjoy classic French flavours such as tender cooked meat, crisp potatoes and garlic smothered vegetables. In true French fashion, the wine list is as extensive as the food menu to ensure diners discover a delightful liquid accompaniment. (27 Rue Roches, Metz, France)