The Moselle flows through France, Luxembourg and Germany past pitoresque medieval towns and vertiginous hillsides filled with vines. It meanders leisurely from place to place, holding in store sights of fairy-tale castles or fortresses, some destroyed by long-ago battles or lovingly restored and maintained. Around every bend in the river, wine restaurants and small towns glued to the hillsides await, where time seems to stand still.
Story, Camera, Edit : Bert Schwarz
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Metz has many treasures: one of the highest Gothic cathedrals in Europe, an impressive archaeological museum, an ultra-modern art center but also a beautiful old town center and the promenades along the Moselle River. Metz is the capital of the Moselle department and the capital of the Lorraine region in eastern France. Since the French territorial reform in 2016, Lorraine forms the Grand Est region together with Alsace and Champagne.
Like the entire region, Metz was repeatedly affected by border disputes between Germany and France and alternated between the two nations as a result of various wars. Its turbulent and tense past is revealed today in the city's varied architecture and rich cultural heritage.
Especially in the period between 1871 and 1918, in this era Alsace-Lorraine belonged to the territory of the German Empire, is still well recognizable today in public buildings. The train station of Metz is a typical example of German architecture of the founding years.
But Metz is not only something for history buffs, it is also the place of excellent restaurants and home to many world-famous specialties, such as the Quiche Lorraine and mirabelles in all variations, be it as cake, jam or liqueur. A festival has even been dedicated to the fruit: the Fête de la Mirabelle attracts over 80,000 visitors every August.
The best place to shop, by the way, is at one of the many markets, for example every Thursday on the Place Saint Louis in the old town. In 2010, Metz was ranked among the greatest international capitals of contemporary art when the Centre Pompidou-Metz opened here with its spectacular architecture in the shape of a Chinese straw hat.