Nancy, France evokes culture, style, elegance and grace through its architecture, Art Nouveau buildings, and historic train station blended with modern buildings and transportation. The city is surrounded by hills and bordered by the Meurthe River creating a picture postcard destination.
Nancy is served by the Gare de Nance Ville railway station with a direct line from Paris, city trams and public buses. One of the best ways to see the city is on foot. Most points of interest are within walking distance for sightseeing excursions.
The ancient city was built in the mid 11th century and has a colorful history as a capital city, scene for military battles, a mutiny, and a captive city during WWII.
Nancy has an old and new section. The oldest portion is known as Vieille Ville – Leopold with 14th century buildings. The new quarter is known as Charles III – Centre Ville with examples of 16th through 18th architecture. One of the best known locations in the new city is the Place Stanislas square. It was added to the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 1983.
Points of Interest
Daum glassworks has been creating crystal pieces since the early 1900s. The company was founded by Jean Daum in the late 1870s and continues to produce exquisite pieces. The factory is located in Vannes le Chatel. The workshop, with tours available, is located on the rue des Cristalleries in Nancy. Pieces of work from the Daum collection are on display at the Nancy Fine Arts Museum.
The Place Stanislas is a visual testament to fine architecture. The square connects the Old City with the New City. It is surrounded by points of interest including the former Hotel de Ville, National Opera House, and the Fine Arts Museum. On another side of the square, visitors walk through an imposing Arc de Triomphe along a tree-lined avenue to the Place de la Carriere.
Six museums in Nancy provide hours of entertainment for all ages and interests. The Fine Arts Museum is located in the Place Stanislas. It contains permanent and temporary collections and a showcase for the Daum Collection covering the period of 1880 through today with 600 crystal works of art.
The Lorraine Museum holds an expansive collection of almost 70,000 pieces or art, documents and sculptures.
L’Ecole de Nancy Museum is world-renowned for its collection of Art Nouveau. The museum is in a residential setting with open gardens.
Science and machinery are the focus at the History of Iron Museum located in Montaigu Park. The museum offers an in-depth look at the history of the inventors who fashioned the iron mined in the Lorraine region into innovative designs.
At the Botanical Gardens at Montet, over 12,000 plant and flower species inhabit the gardens. Visit the indoor and outdoor gardens and greenhouses to experience the different environments where plant species flourish around the world.
The perfect place for a family outing, the Nancy Museum Aquarium is both entertaining and educational. Observe numerous fish species in more than 60 aquarium tanks and its collection of nearly 600 taxidermy animals.
Annual events in Nancy include the Rendez-Vous Place Stanislas from June to September and Nancy Jazz Pulsations Festival in October.