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Metz is the capital of the Lorraine region of France and located in the Moselle departement that borders Luxembourg and Germany.
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Points of Interest in Metz
- Cathedrale St-Etienne, place d'Armes. The Cathedral is a truly impressive structure, overlooking the river and the city. Inside, both its height (the third-tallest nave in France) and its stained glass windows (reportedly the largest surface area in France, with several by Chagall) will impress visitors.
- Place d'Armes, the square next to the cathedral, is notable for the four buildings that surround it. They were specifically designed to show the balance between the various local powers: religion (the cathedral), the military (now converted to the tourist office), civil government (the town hall) and justice (the court building). Place d'Armes also hosts a regular market for produce and other local goods. The tourist office is along one side of Place d'Armes.
- The Covered Market, opposite the cathedral, was historically the bishops' palace. Today it hosts stalls selling meats, cheeses, and other regional specialities.
- The Opera-Théâtre, not far from the Cathedral, is a theatre and opera house, built between 1732 and 1752 and the oldest in France.
- The Railway Station (built in 1908) and its imperial area built during German occupation.
Due to its German heritage and military tradition, Metz has yet to earn much respect in the eyes of the French. Most of the criticism about Metz is cliché and unwarranted, in fact Strasbourg has stronger German heritage yet has been overwhelmingly embraced by the French and visitors alike. Metz was the birthplace of the Carolingian Dynasty before becoming the capital of the bourgeoning Kingdom of Lotharingia (855-958AD), then the capital of the Duchy of Upper Lorraine (959-1233) before finally breaking away to form an independent city state during the high Middle Ages (1234 - 1552AD). As such, Metz was one of the most powerful cities in feudal Europe and this rich cultural history can still be seen today, particularly in its grand Cathedral and its beautiful old town built using the "pierre de Jaumont", a local yellow colored limestone. However, the dislike of its strong Germanic cultural ties has resulted in this gem of a town being often overlooked by visitors to France, a fate that Strasbourg has not shared.
- If the weather is nice, rent a bike and head south along the river in the direction of Nancy. Paths are well-marked, well-maintained, and mostly flat. Bikes are available next to the train station or across the street from the cathedral. Cost is €10 per day (but requires a credit card number or cash deposit of €100 per bike).
- In December, Christmas markets can be found in many places. They are the best places to drink hot wine (vin chaud).
- If you want to see sport games, professional teams includes: FC Metz (football), H2ML (women's handball), SMEC (men's handball and table tennis), RC Metz (rugby). If you want to see ice hockey games, you can drive to Amneville which is home of the "Amneville Galaxians".
- Centre Pompidou-Metz. Recently opened modern art gallery in Metz. 7 Euros.
- Le Bouche a Oreille, 46 place St, ☎ +33 3 87 15 14 66. Louis. Open middays and evenings except Su and Sa/Mo midday. Specialises in dishes containing cheese in some form or other: omelettes, meats with cheese sauces, crepes/galesins, etc. The food is very good quality and very reasonably priced, served in a clean comfortable setting.
- Da Luigi, 39 Rue Jardins, ☎ +33 3 87 75 12 50. Decent Italian restaurant which specializes in pizza. Located less than 5 minutes by foot from Place d'Armes.
- Restaurant des Roches, 27 Rue Roches, ☎ +33 3 87 74 06 51. Cuisine "gastronomique traditionnelle." One of the nicer restaurants in Metz. With two menus, one at 35€ and the other at 50€, it's not the cheapest option in Metz, but the price matches the service and quality. Full wine menu.
- Le Serpenoise, 18 Avenue Robert Schuman. Kebab shop and hookah lounge just next to Place de la Republique. Better than average kebab in a very convenient location.
- Crêperie Le Saint Malo, 14 Rue Clercs, ☎ +33 3 87 74 56 85. Classic Bretagne creperie. Large selection of both savory and sweet crepes. Friendly atmosphere and reasonable prices. Don't forget to have cider with dinner!
- Lexis Alanya Snack, 6 Rue Paul Bezanson (Next to Pasta Mano). Fast food restaurant located in the heart of the old city. Great kebab and great location. Grab a kebab and bring it back to one of the fine drinking establishments surrounding the shop.
- Irish Pub, ☎ +33 3 87 37 01 38. The, 3 Place de Chambre. That bar may have French owners, it has all the elements of a typical Irish pub.
- La Chenille Bleue, 9 rue Mazelle, ☎ +33 3 87 15 11 08. close @2, 3 on weekends. A nice hookah lounge in what looks like an old wine cellar with neat arched ceilings. Can get a liter of Stella Artois for 7€, or they have a great international beer selection.
- Comédie Café, 2 Rue du Pont des Roches, ☎ +33 3 87 36 56 97. One of the cheapest bars in Metz. Happy hour every night until 8pm. 2€ pints and 10€ 50 pitchers of Amos, a local brew. Young and lively crowd. Trivia every Tuesday. cheap.
- Vivian's Pub Fairy, Place St Louis. 19:00-02:00, most nights. Old-style pub with decor not that unlike a medieval watering hole. Good selection of alcohol at reasonable prices. Enjoy a beer on the plaza in the warmer months or duck inside in the winter and warm up with an Irish coffee.
- Les Berthom, 24 Rue du Palais, ☎ +33 3 87 75 25 52. Bar specializing in Belgian brews. Enormous selection of Belgian beers both on tap and bottled. Great atmosphere, though crowded during happy hour. Mixed, but generally young crowd. Drinks are mid-priced, which is why everyone packs in during happy hour in order to enjoy a Trappist beer without burning a hole in their pocket.
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