Nancy’s two outstanding attractions (among many others) are firstly its influence by the movement Art Nouveau (l’Ecole de Nancy) and secondly, the majestic and quite breath-taking Place Stanislas, an outstanding 18th century square inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
These two attractions are remarkable and intimately associated with Nancy….. as well as Bergamotes, a delicious boiled sweet.
The movement Art Nouveau is profoundly visible in Nancy. You will find it at the musée l ’Ecole de Nancy (School of Nancy Museum), a unique and original masterpiece, or in the districts of Saurupt or Nancy Thermal with their charming public park Saint Mary (Parc Sainte-Marie). Or perhaps you will stumble upon its presence in numerous commercial buildings between the station and the center city, in the quirky houses in the center city or in the Daum collection at the Fine Arts Museum (le musée des Beaux Arts).
Famous Place Stanislas will never fail to impress you. Its striking beauty and lively ambiance gives an Italian air to the city, year round. But Place Stan was not the only recipient of the UNESCO World Heritage label, The Place d’Alliance, which resembles a mini Place des Vosges in Paris and The Place de la Carrière also received the honour.
There are many other assets in Nancy including the historic Old City. There are terrific examples of Medieval and Renaissance architecture. Look around the Dukes Palace (palais ducal) which houses the Lorraine Museum (musée Lorrain) and the tombs of the Duke’s of Lorraine, you will discover an abundance of beautiful buildings, a lively and fun district with many boutique shops and delicious restaurants.
The New City (ville neuve), from the end of the 17th century, includes most of the main commercial area. You can find the Point Central and the Place Charles III, the Central Market, all the big brands, boutique shops and restaurants – and of course eating is a popular pass time here as well. The architecture Art Déco is also present, often next to its Art Nouveau counterparts from l’Ecole de Nancy.
In the Grand Nancy region, there are many lovely old villages who attest to the ancient traditions of wine in the area: Vandoeuvre, Villers, Ludres, Houdemont, Dommartemont… There are also some spectacular attractions such as the Chartreuse de Bosserville at Art sur Meurthe, the Château de Fléville or the Domaine de Montaigu at Jarville la Malgrange. Or you can find some magnificient religious edifaces, fountains and washrooms Visit the Douera, the extravagant Mozarab style mansion in Maxéville (complete with Arabian calligraphy), ancient oppidums like Saint Geneviève in Essey les Nancy or the banks and islands of the River Meurthe at Tomblaine…. Each town has its own treasure to discover, a place in history, a castle, gardens, stories, epicurean delights, panoramas to take your breath away or simply the large commercial districts for shopping and restocking, it is all available for discovery depending on your time and taste!