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Place Stanislas, is a must to visit in Nancy. Renovated in 2005, this square is considered as one of the most beautiful in the world. Numerous events take place all year round on Place Stanislas, such as the « Jardin Éphémère » and the sound and light show! Take the opportunity to admire the golden gates and fountains before heading to the Parc de la Pépinière or Place de la Carrière. The latter, with Place Stanislas, and the Place d’Alliance, are on the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
The Musée des Beaux-Arts in Nancy is on Place Stanislas. During the visit of this museum, you can discover different European works from the end of the 14th century until today. Created in 1793, you can also discover paintings from Lorraine artists.
The Palais des Ducs de Lorraine is the former residence of the dukes, founded in the 16th century. In 1848, the Lorrain museum moved into this building with a collection dedicated to the history of Lorraine. It is very impressive from the outside! In addition to the restoration, archaeological excavations will take place in 2019.
There are many gates to discover in Nancy such as the Porte de la citadelle, the Porte Stanislas, and especially the Porte de la Craffe. This imposing remnant was erected in the14th century. This medieval fortification attracts the eye, so do not hesitate to go inside! This is the only vestige of the Nancy fortifications, before Vauban. With a defensive function, this gate also served to honour the Dukes of Lorraine until 1610.
The Eglise Saint-Epvre in Nancy, with its unique Gothic bell tower, is the tallest religious church in Nancy, 87 meters high. On the contrary, Nancy’s Cathedral, which is more recent than the Eglise Saint Epvre, was built at the beginning of the 18th century under the reigns of Duke Leopold and Stanislas.
If you like nature walks, discover the botanical garden or get some fresh air in the Parc de la Pépinière or the Parc Saint-Marie!
Art Nouveau and Nancy
At the beginning of the last century, Nancy saw its historic architecture greatly affected by Art Nouveau. Instigated by great artists such as Louis Majorelle and Emile Gallé, the Art Nouveau movement (commonly known as the « Ecole de Nancy ») experienced unprecedented growth in the city. Today, mythical places in Nancy still bear witness to this original and atypical heritage.
The Villa Louis Majorelle, one of the masters of the Ecole de Nancy, cabinetmaker and ironworker, was one of the first to be built in the Art Nouveau style, around 1901. The architecture of the villa with its atypical facade composed of curves, geometric shapes and combining several materials such as wood, iron or stone, is worth the detour!
The Musée Ecole de Nancy is one of the most amazing museums in Nancy. The museum includes a unique collection of objects, furniture, and windows in the purest Art Nouveau style. The museum aims to recreate the atmosphere of the Art Nouveau period in a house that hasn’t changed with time!
Protected by “Historic Monuments”, the building of the Chambre de Commerce et d’Industrie de Meurthe-et-Moselle was built between 1906 and 1908 with turquoise wrought ironwork and stained glass windows that are true works of art. A place definitely to stop by and have a look at! The old grain mill stands out in the urban landscape with its original architecture. The metal structure of this building has remained apparent. It is the only building of this type in Nancy.
You can enjoy a sumptuous setting during a meal at the Brasserie Excelsior, one of the oldest bar restaurants in Nancy, and the most famous! It’s decor is in the purest Art Nouveau style. Admire its woodwork, chandeliers, and huge mirrors while you taste a genuine Lorraine pâté!
Nancy and its surroundings
Outside of Nancy, there are many cultural places to visit. You can easily visit cities in Lorraine by train or by bus.
There are also historic castles worth visiting such as the Château de Lunéville, a classified « Historical Monument”. Also the Château d’Haroué, an elegant masterpiece of the 18th century, created by Germain Boffrand with 365 windows, 52 chimneys, 12 towers and turrets and 4 bridges. Many artists were drawn to the beauty of this place, notably Jean Lamour and Barthélémy Guibal. Finally, visitors can enjoy a French park and an English garden.
A few kilometers from Nancy, you have to go to Baccarat to visit the Musée de la Manufacture de Baccarat. It has a legendary history in crystal production, a symbol of excellence and timeless elegance for 250 years. Baccarat is known for the virtuosity of its craftsmen, with 15 “Meilleurs Ouvriers de France”.
In Metz, you can visit the Centre de Pompidou (Beaubourg), which houses more than 100,000 artistic works. It covers the fields of visual arts, drawings, photography, new media, experimental cinema, architecture, design and industrial prospectives with works of emblematic artists (Henri Matisse, Georges Braque, Pablo Picasso, Sonia and Robert Delaunay…).
In a contemporary architecture of glass and steel, the Musée de l’Histoire du Fer presents the evolution of iron production techniques from 1500 before J-C until today. Designed by architects Jacques André and Claude Prouvé, it pays tribute to designer Jean Prouvé by dedicating a permanent space since 2012. Models, drawings and films make it possible to understand the constructive principles and to approach the genius of this « metal-bender ».
For more information: https://www.nancy-tourisme.fr/
Go out and eat!
Nancy is a lively and buzzing city with plenty of bars and restaurants where you can go to have a break. A few meters from Place Stanislas, “Le Bagatelle” is a bar to go for a drink! Stylish decor, dim lights, cosy seating corners and a piano. A mixture of stone, wood, wicker, and velvet, creating a real boudoir atmosphere. “La Méduse Bar” is also a cool bar, with cocktails, snacks and a great atmosphere! The serving bar has the largest tactile surface in Europe. Fully interactive multitouch, more than 6 meters long, it comes to life in contact with hands, glasses, bottles, that are placed on its surface. Also with an interactive cocktail menu incorporated into it. A place out of the ordinary!For a more classic style, « Le Café du Commerce » is a bar / restaurant, where you can go and have a coffee or eat on the terrace on the beautiful Place Stanislas. It is a real pleasure to have lunch there!There are also a lot of good classic restaurants in Nancy, for lunch or for a meal in the evening! “L’Arrosoir” is one of them, with good value for money, good classic food and a beautiful terrace for the summer, just next to Place Stanislas! Don’t forget to eat at “Les Frères Marchands”! You can taste Lorraine or Alsatian specialties in a refined presentation based on quality products! Burger lovers, the restaurant “Voyou” is an address not to be missed! Tender meat, bread prepared by a local baker, original variations. You will be conquered. However, you often have to queue … but you can always fall back on a take away.
From starters to desserts; quiche Lorraine, Munster-Gerome, brie de Meaux, macaroons, Nancy’s bergamots, madeleines, sugared almonds, candies from the Vosges, Mirabelles… all these specialities reflect the richness and flavour of Lorraine’s gastronomy. Nancy’s bergamots, small transparent golden sweets, have existed for over a century. A blend of sugar and natural bergamot essential oil, cooked over an open fire and then cut either by hand or with a hand-operated roller, one of the oldest processes, unchanged since its creation. The Quiche Lorraine can be found in cookbooks dating from the sixteenth century. At that time, it was the cooks of Stanislas, Duke of Lorraine, who made it. It is a local dish, cooked with eggs, cream and bacon. As for Lorraine’s Mirabelle, it has its own French designation of origin, which benefits in particular from a Red Label and a Protected Geographical Indication (PGI), in the territory of Lorraine. A delicate aroma, a juicy and sweet pulp, with a lovely subtle perfume… Picked at maturity, they are delicious!The Visitandine is a pastry that was created in the seventeenth century by the sisters of the Order of the Visitation of Nancy, and in fact, nicknamed « visitandines ». Even today, the « Visitandine » remains a pastry specialty of the city of Nancy. This small round cake made of sugar, almonds, flour, butter and eggs is cooked in a small specific mould that gives it a very original shape.