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Holiday rentals in Metz, an ideal cultural escapade

Straddling La Moselle and its tributary La Seille in northeast France, Metz is the capital of Lorraine and an increasingly popular destination for holidays in France. Once a Celtic settlement and one of Europe’s oldest republics, its history spans three millennia and its culture is a medley of Roman and Germanic influences. Dubbed "The Green City" for its extensive public gardens, it is home to the cathedral with the most stained-glass windows in the world, one of France’s oldest bridge castles and the oldest working opera house in the country. Station Palace, where Kaiser Wilhelm II took residence, is registered as a Historic Monument and serves as the main train station for the city. For art, history, and architecture buffs, both young and old, book a holiday in Metz and stay in the Odalys Residence Metz Manufacture ideally located in the town centre. Take a look at our other holiday rentals in Holiday rentals in Alsace Lorraine for a great weekend away, short break or family holiday. More information
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Things to do in Metz

Perhaps the most well-known local landmark is the Centre Pompidou-Metz, which attracts contemporary art enthusiasts from around the world. Metz is also a hotspot for mythology enthusiasts, fascinated with the legend of the Graoully, a dragon that is said to have lived in the city’s amphitheatre. Music lovers come to Metz for the live rock, indie, DJ nights and jazz entertainment, as well as the crowded gigs at the Music Box concert venue. Walking along the esplanade, visitors can enjoy the lush greenery and the many splendid water features, known locally as "jeux d’eaux", and there is a beach created every year by the Plan d’Eau lake which stages free summertime activities and entertainment. Festivities peak with the Fête de la Mirabelle, a local carnival and procession with colourful floats adorned in honour of the humble plum. Winter is also busy, with the local Christmas Market up and running in all its illuminated glory at the beginning of December.

Dine in style on Metz cuisine

From romantic restaurants to charming bistros by the river, Metz has delightful eateries with just the right setting to make you feel at home. There are plenty of opportunities for casual dining in medieval arcades on the eastern edge of the city, as well as many low-lit bars with vaulted basement ceilings for those who want to try the local libations. The local charcuterie will not disappoint, as Metz is known for its melt-in-the-mouth herby saucissons and its Mirabelle pâté.