Tourism in Metz and the Lorraine region: from the Pompidou Centre to the Amnéville thermal baths
Make the most of your stay at the Hotel Alérion by exploring Metz, the city renowned for its museums, long heritage, gastronomic cuisine, parks, gardens and more. The Moselle river also boasts a host of activities for visitors to discover.
The banks of the Moselle: river walks and cruises
Water is at the heart of Metz, so why not take the opportunity to treat yourself to a cruise on the Moselle river during your stay? Various options are on offer for those wishing to enjoy a relaxing jaunt down the river.
Otherwise, head down to Metz’s marina, holder of a Blue Flag since 2007, and located at the heart of the city. Here you will find a vast array of activities, such as rowing, canoe-kayaking, electric boats, pedalo and rowing boat hire, and much more.
For a breath of fresh air, enjoy a stroll along the banks of the Moselle, where the urban environment blends seamlessly into untouched natural surroundings. Here you can discover Place de la Comédie, the Temple Neuf, the Esplanade gardens, the old citadel, the Arsenal and more.
Metz, city of history and culture
The Hotel Alérion welcomes guests to the heart of Metz’s Imperial District. This district, which was constructed around the railway station, is made up of Romanesque, Art Deco and Jugendstil buildings and residences. It is also home to Metz’s Pompidou Centre, the region’s counterpart of the famous Parisian museum. Its visitors can admire works of art from the Beaubourg institution, as well as visit internationally renowned temporary exhibitions, all housed within a structure of quite extraordinary architecture.
We also recommend the following visits:
- The Saint-Etienne cathedral, a Gothic building renowned for its stained glass windows, including work by Marc Chagall.
- The Golden Courtyard Museums and their collections tracing the city’s history since Antiquity, with the ancient Gallo-Roman baths preserved here being of particular interest.
- The Metz-Queuleu fort with its Casemate A, the Porte des Allemands and ramparts for an immersion in the heart of recent history.
- The Saint-Maximin church, near the railway station, with its stained glass windows designed by Jean Cocteau, its grand organ and Baroque doorway.
- The Porte Serpenoise, Metz’s very own Arc de Triomphe at the entrance of the city.
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Sport and days out
When it comes to sport, Metz has a host of activities on offer, from the fun to the more strenuous:
- Golf: Four 18-hole courses in Metz and the surrounding area, including the Golf-Club-Metz-Cherisey (18 holes – par 72).
- Hiking and walking: numerous hiking routes will allow you to explore Metz and its surroundings on foot.
- Cycling: Metz boasts an array of cycle paths, with various “Voies Vertes” (greenways) in the surrounding area.
- Kayaking: enjoy the dedicated route at the heart of the city.
- Skateboarding: thrill-seekers will appreciate the city’s bowl.
- We also recommend the following leisure activities and days out:
- The Amnéville leisure centre: casino, zoo, aquarium, the Le Galaxie concert venue, multiplex cinema, IMAX 3D®, indoor ski slope and more.
- The Walygator amusement park - Vigy: rail-cycling, green maze, tourist train and more.
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Please ask at reception for our recommendations; we will be only too pleased to help.
The Amnéville thermal baths
For the ultimate in relaxation, look no further than the Amnéville-les-Thermes Thermal Complex. Well-being and therapeutic treatments are the order of the day at this huge leisure complex, which is located just 20 km or so from Metz, with a daily direct bus link (number 77).
The complex, which lies in the heart of the countryside, boasts two different areas dedicated to relaxation and well-being (Villa Pompéi and Thermapolis), as well as a thermal centre, where visitors can enjoy the benefits of the highly mineralised thermal water used in its treatments for respiratory and rheumatic conditions.