Nancy, Lorraine: tourism & sightseeing
Visit Nancy (Lorraine, France)
Although not always considered part of the established tourist routes in France, Nancy has some very interesting places to visit with many interesting historical buildings and important museums - and attracts millions of visitors each year.
A visit to Nancy can begin in the large square dedicated to Duke Stanislaus - Place Stanislas - which falls between the Old Town (Vielle Ville) and the newer neighbourhoods of the city, and is surrounded by impressive buildings and feature wrought iron decorations. It was created in the late eighteenth century by Jean Lamour (1698-1771) and Emmanuel Héré (1705-1763).
Here you will find the old Town Hall, the Museum of Fine Arts, the 'Neptune Fountain' and the Triumphal Arch, an eighteenth century addition which pays tribute to King Louis XV and is decorated with trophies, gold bars and floral motives.
The Place Stanislaus, together with other parts of central Nancy, are now listed as a UNESCO world heritage site.
Selected places of interest in Nancy
Before enjoying all these cultural museums visit the Park of Péoinière, with its garden and the Nancy Basilica of Saint Epvre in flamboyant Gothic style. The basilica has beautiful stained glass windows (over 70 in total) and the Tour de la Commanderie dating from the twelfth century.
Other squares in Nancy to visit include the Place de la Carrière, a square once dedicated to races and with imposing gates in the Rococo style, and the Place d'Alliance with a Baroque Fountain by Louis Cyfflé (1724-1806).
In particular look at the Art Nouveau style visible in the stained glass and floral motives of the palaces which you can admire in the district of Saint Leon and Saurupt, and various buildings by Lucien Weissenburger (1860-1929).
Among the many other historical monuments in Nancy, the Porte de la Craffe is a substantial 14th century gateway that once gave access to the historic city, and the Church of the Cordeliers and the imposing Duke's Palace are also here in medieval Nancy. The Duke's palace holds an important museum, the Musée Lorrain, with statues, potteries, carvings and a section devoted to folklore.
Museum of Fine Arts
Certainly, one of the most important places to visit in Nancy is the Musée de Beaux Arts where there are works by Eugène Delacroix (1798-1863) ('La Bataille de Nancy'), Edouard Manet (1832-1883), with the allegory of the 'Automne' and the 'Soleil couchant à Etretat', which is perhaps one of his most successful landscape paintings.
In addition there is a hall dedicated to the Pointillism technique, with themes related to everyday life illuminated by bright colours (George Seurat, 1859-1891). Other halls are dedicated to the Fauves and the Futurists, who painted the modern world in terms of movement, industrial cities and speed. Also very interesting is a room devoted to the Impressionists.
Museum of the Nancy School of Art
Another museum of great artistic interest in Nancy is the Musée de l'Ecole de Nancy, which, as well as precious glass windows, potteries and carved furniture, holds outstanding Art Nouveau works by Emile Gallé (1846-1904), Victor Prouvé (1858-1943) and others. Some of the many works by E. Gallé here include the magnificent Assiette Japonaise, a decorative vase, and the famous Bed, Dawn and the Dusk.
Nancy, France - restaurants and cuisine
Finally worthy of mention is the Rue des Maréchaux, the street of restaurants and a remarkable spectacle of art and restaurants.
Here you can find an international cuisine, but there are some restaurants with local dishes as the Alsatian choucroute (made with sauerkrauts and pork), or oysters and seafood, grilled langoustines and foie gras pate. You can also enjoy Quiche Lorraine, a wide choice of cheeses and, finally, some liquor, such as the local 'Bergamot from Nancy', are particularly noteworthy.
See related feature - history of Nancy.
You can find more local travel ideas in the Lorraine guide.
Map of Nancy and places to visit
Visit near Nancy with France This Way reviews
Nancy has received the following tourist classifications: historical protected town centre' (secteur sauvegardé); village in bloom (ville fleurie) 4*;
Address: Nancy, Meurthe-et-Moselle, Lorraine, 54000, France || GPS: latitude 48.6936, longitude 6.1846
Plan your visit to Nancy, Lorraine
Sightseeing & tourist attractions to visit nearby
- Place Stanislas, Nancy: heritage site
- Muséum-aquarium de Nancy: aquarium
- Jardin Alexandre-Godron: remarkable garden
- Parc Sainte-Marie: remarkable garden
- Jardin botanique du Montet: remarkable garden (4km)
- Parc du château de Fléville-devant-Nancy: remarkable garden (8km)
- Toul: recommended detour (22km)
- Lorraine: regional natural parc (24km)
- Gelaucourt: ville fleurie 4* (30km)
- Parc romantique et Art Nouveau du château: remarkable garden (33km)
- Château de Moyen: site of natural beauty (37km)
Market days in Nancy, France
Regular market(s) are held in Nancy each Wednesday all day & Tuesday all day & Thursday all day & Sunday & Friday all day. (Markets are held in the morning unless stated.)
The French version of this page is at Nancy (Francais)