I am lucky to have family members living all over the place. Whilst it makes it tricky for day to day catching up, it means we have a great excuse to go on mini (or not so mini adventures) when going to see them. My brother and his family live in Metz, and we spent a week there a few years ago whilst we were househunting in the Charente.
The capital of the Lorraine, Metz (pronounced ‘Mess’), is nestled in between the Moselle and Seille rivers. We really enjoyed exploring the City. Filled with historical streets, and with beautiful buildings, there was lots to do and explore with the children.
A Historical Town
Whether it be by its impressive Gothic cathedral, its parcs and its little coffee shops and restaurants dotted around the old town, it has plenty to offer and is beautiful to walk in. La Porte des Allemands with its ancient and extensive ramparts around the city Metz also provided a great outdoors space for the kids to run around in.
On the completely differently scale, there is also a modern shopping centre, the “Muse” with lots of shops, bars and bistrots.
Exploring by Foot
We loved that we did everything on foot during our time there, it’s so convenient not having to worry about driving and parking when we’re out exploring.
The Most Beautiful Train Station in France
Metz also has a beautiful train station, that has been voted for the third time running the most beautiful train station in France (yes it’s a thing!).
Metz Town Centre
From our short time there, it felt vibrant, filled with historical architecture and stories on each corner, yet with lots of events, shops and restaurants. We can’t wait to go back and explore it further!
We spent a day at the zoo during our stay, and we had a great family day out. It was a short drive outside of the city, and there were a great variety of animals in lovely enclosures, and the Tiger Show was absolutely incredible!
The Zoo is currently closed due to COVID-19, however you can continue to follow the life of the Zoo by joining them on their social networks.
We can’t wait to be back to see my little bro and explore his town further!
Have you been to Metz? What are your favourite places to visit there? Let me know, as we hope to go back soon 🙂