Metz (57 Moselle, Grand Est) is the capital of the Lorraine region and prefecture of the Moselle département and is situated close to the borders of France, Germany, and Luxembourg. Also known as the Green City.
In summer the town holds
- Mirabelle Plum Festival (Fêtes de la Mirabelle) 15 August 2019.
- Les Constellations de Metz Digital Arts Festival 20 June – 7 September 2019
Mirabelle Plum Festival
The Mirabelle Plum Festival has attracted thousands of visitors to the capital of the Lorraine region every year since 1947, and rounds off Metz en Fête’s programme of summer events. These celebrations usually take place after August 15 and come in the form of street entertainment, concerts, balls, a mirabelle plum market, crafts market, pyrotechnic display, parade and the election of Miss Mirabelle – see http://tout-metz.com
An arts Festival full of music and visual arts with 3 themes – digital. street art and art & gardens – see www.constellations-metz.fr
Metz Christmas Markets
The Metz Christmas Markets 20 November – 6 January 2020 are well worth a visit, with some German influences being close to the border. There are also spectacular Christmas illuminations and a Big Wheel! see www.noelmetz.com
In Metz there is also the new Pompidou Centre gallery – an outpost of the Paris version
less than 90 minutes from Paris by TGV with Rail Europe
For more info see www.tourisme-lorraine.fr
La Sablonnaise B&B a 1930s house just a 10 minute walk from the centre of Metz
The garden city of Metz is a hub of culture and heritage, from its own Centre Pompidou-Metz and Chagall’s modern stained-glass windows at the 13th Century St Etienne Cathedral, to the history of its Imperial Quarter and its quiche! The city’s gardens and the banks of the River Moselle make it an ideal city to explore by bike, stopping to enjoy specialities made with the emblematic Mirabelle plums, from sweet treats to liqueurs. (France,fr)