Itinerary 3: Rush to the East

Itinerary 3: Rush to the East

 

A fascinating journey awaits you in the East. Four cities rich in architecture and culture will enchant you. Check out Metz, a city that combines roman and medieval history with a contemporary style. Then head for Nancy, the capital of Art Nouveau whose 18th-century center has been awarded UNESCO status. Continue onto Strasbourg to discover a beautiful city that boasts traditional Alsatian gastronomy. Finish your journey by following the scenic Alsace Wine Route, and let yourself be amazed by the charming city of Mulhouse and its exceptional museums. 

          

 

 

              

 

 

Nancy

 

 

 

Take a stroll through the districts of the historic capital of Lorraine to experience the famous Ducal Palace, Place d’Alliance, Place de la Carrière, and the old town. Later, you can relax on a terrace on the famous Place Stanislas or enjoy the immense Parc de la Pépinière around the corner, created 250 years ago. A great time to visit is the first weekend of December when the city celebrates Saint-Nicholas day.

 

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Metz

 

 

 

Divided by the Moselle and the Seille, this 3,000 year-old city will fill you with wonder. As night falls you can admire its illuminated monuments, its squares from the Middle Ages and its imperial district. Raise your eyes to gaze at the 6,500 m2 of stained glass windows in the splendid Saint-Etienne cathedral in the “stained-glass city.” 

 

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Strasbourg

 

 

 

Enter the heart of Strasbourg, listed as a world heritage site, and discover the “Pe­tite France,” the old district of tanners and millers. A boat trip is an excellent way of discovering all the sides of the city, includ­ing the district that is home to the European institutions. Back on dry land, admire the cathedral and its astronomical clock before pushing open the doors of the Palais Rohan.

 

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Mulhouse

 

 

 


Discover Alsace in another way - this time, in the com­pany of a “Greeter,” an enthusiastic local who will take you to places off the beaten path. Travel around this former industrial city with its colorful façades and let your host show you his/her favorite places. Check out the vibrant contemporary arts scenes, the mu­seums recounting the city's industrial history, the artistic haven called Kunsthalle, and the tradition­al patisseries like kougelhopf.  

 

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