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Situated in the north east of France where the Moselle and the Seille rivers meet, Metz is the capital city of the Lorraine region and a destination brimming with Gothic appeal. Due to its proximity to the German border, the city has been for centuries steeped in both Romance and German cultures. Metz is a historic city nicknamed "The Green City" because of its large public spaces and open gardens, and the presence of several Cathedrals, Palaces, and Opera Houses add to the picturesque appeal of the city center. Finding your ideal hotel in Metz can be difficult, particularly if you have a certain budget or expectations. With the help of Venere, you can book the hotel best suited to your needs, and make an informed decision with the aid of thousands of user submitted reviews, hotel photo galleries, and a handy interactive map for taking a digital tour around the area.
What's Metz Like?
Metz is a historic and cultural city heavily influenced by Gothic and religious architecture. Aside from the many landmarks and cultural icons, there are many bustling shopping streets and lively bars and clubs to enjoy. The 12th century Metz Cathedral is one of the central landmarks in the city, and its stained glass windows and gilded artworks are a sight to behold. The Porte des Allemands (Door of the Germans) is a castle built in the Middle Ages to exert Germanic control over the region. The Moselle Canal is the ideal place to take a scenic afternoon walk, or try some of the local cuisine at one of the many outdoor markets such as the Marche Couvert (Covered Market).
Tips for Getting Along with Locals in Metz
Metz experiences a continental climate, which results in hot, dry summers and chilly winters which sometimes results in snowfall. Summer lasts from June to August, and you can expect average temperatures of around 25°C, although heatwaves have been known to cause temperatures to soar to almost 40°C. The Metz Railway Station is connected to France's high speed rail network, allowing you to reach Paris in just over an hour; ideal for day trips out of the city. The city can be easily explored by foot, as most of the main attractions are all within walking distance of each other. Many of the locals speak German as well as French, and although plenty will speak English, try to memorize a few basic phrases if you can, or you can bring a pocket reference book for an easier time getting around the city.