One of the most refined towns in France, Nancyseems to have retained its grandeur and charm from its days as the capital used by the Dukes of Lorraine back in the 18th century, and still has the same magnificent market square today. With stunning shop windows screaming sophistication you’ll look in wonder at the artistic nature of the town, and the history of artists who grew up here.
Artists once seen as rebels are now hailed in this area, and Emile Galle is the most famous export from this fine town. Galle was famous for turning something simple, like a grill into something stunning and you’ll see examples of his work all over the town, often when you least expect it.
Located just over three hours from Paris by train one of the best ways to get there is to get the Eurostar into Paris and to hire a car at the train station in Paris, or Nancy depending on your love of driving. You can also get the train from nearbyMetzorStrasbourgif you prefer.
Things to do in Nancy
Once the Renaissance Palais Ducal and home to the many Dukes of Lorraine, the building is now the fine home of the Musee Lorrain and is a great place to learn about the history of both the town and the entire region. The museum also hosts a wonderful fine arts collection, with work from the last 500 years found inside. You can also visit the small church and the chapel inside the grounds of the museum of this once regal building.
If you or any of your family have a sweet tooth then this sweet shop could be the best part of your trip. Plucked straight from the 1840s, this shop has changed little in the last 150 years and you can enjoy a range of different modern and historic sweets and fruits in old school sweet tins. Take some home and impress your friends.
The Bronze Sculpture
If you want a brilliant photo to take back to show your friends, then just outside the train station in the town is a square column with a bronze statue of something you’d never believe. Take a picture and get your friends to guess what it is when you get home. Take a photo of the nearby plaque to prove you are right.
Opera National de Lorraine
Not open every night but the home to Opera in the region, this stunning opera house is a great place to catch a show if you can find one that’s open and not sold out when you visit. You can pre book tickets online before you travel.
Musee des Beaux-Arts
A selection of paintings and glass sculptures from over 700 years and home to masterpieces from the likes of Monet and Picasso, there is a lot to see for the art enthusiast in this small museum in town.