Metz, France

Metz is a city in the northeast of France located at the confluence of the Moselle and the Seille rivers. Metz is the capital and the prefecture of both Lorraine region and Moselle department.

Located near the tripoint along the junction of France, Germany and luxembourg, Metz forms a central place of the European Greater Region and the SaarLorLux euroregion.

Metz possesses one of the largest Urban Conservation Area in France, and more than 100 buidlings of the city are classified on the Monument Historique list. Because of its historical and cultural background, Metz benefits from its designation as French Town of Art and History. The city features noteworthy buildings such as the Gothic Saint-Stephen Cathedral, the Basilica of Saint-Pierre-aux-Nonnains, its Station Palace, or its Opera House, the oldest one working in France. Metz is home to some world-class venues including the Arsenal Concert Hall or the Centre Pompidou-Metz museum.



Metz is home to a mishmash of architectural layers, witnessing its millennium history at the crossroad of different cultures, and features architectural landmarks.
As a historic Garrison town, Metz has also been largely influenced by military architecture throughout its history.

The city is famous for its yellow limestone architecture, due to the extensive use of the Jaumont stone.


Local specialties include the quiche, the potée, the Lorrain pâté, and also the suckling pig. Different recipes, such as jam, tart, charcuterie and fruit brandy, are made from the Mirabelle and Damson plums.

Also, Metz is the cradle of some pastries like the Metz cheese pie and the Metz Balls (French: boulet de Metz), a ganache-stuffed biscuit coated with marzipan, caramel, and dark chocolate.

Local beverages include Moselle wine and Amos beer.