A Nancy stopover

along the Moselle Loop
© Regine Datin

Several cycle routes pass through Greater Nancy, including the V50 and the Moselle Loop. Take a few days along your ride to stop and visit the city of Nancy and its surrounding area.

The Moselle Loop

This 85-km long riverside cycle path crosses through three cities: Nancy, Liverdun, and Toul. It’s an easy route for riders of all levels and perfect for a short trip. Ride through urban and rural landscapes and enjoy a wide variety of activities and visits along the way, with both world-renowned heritage and local Lorraine traditions.

Take the time along this itinerary of remarkable sites for a stopover in Nancy. At the end of a long day of cycling, head to one of Greater Nancy’s accommodations with the Accueil Vélo (Cyclists Welcome) label, a tourism designation guaranteeing quality services adapted to cyclists.

Spend the night in the capital of the dukes of Lorraine and plan your programme for the next day to continue exploring the town. Pick up a City Guide to help you organise your stay (free with the Nancy City Pass).

A gourmet and cultural stroll

Explore the city on foot to truly get a feel for Nancy and its atmosphere. Spend the morning exploring UNESCO heritage, followed by an afternoon devoted to Art Nouveau with two programme options.

 

Morning:
After a hearty breakfast, make your way to the Tourist Office on Place Stanislas where you’ll start your tour of the historic city centre at your own pace with the new multimedia audio guides. Discover the jewels of Nancy’s heritage at 25 locations, from the Porte de la Citadel gate to the Porte Saint-Nicolas gate.

Or climb aboard the tourist train around 11 a.m. for a visit of the Ville Vieille, the historic district of the capital of the dukes of Lorraine, and discover the history of the city through the centuries.

 

Afternoon:
Explore Nancy’s city centre with the audio-guided tour “Art Nouveau at the Heart of Business”. Then, take a gourmet break in the sublime Art Nouveau decor of Brasserie Excelsior. As soon as you pass through the door, your eyes will be drawn to the superb nature-inspired carved decor throughout the main room. The menu features one of the sweet specialties of the Nancy Passions Sucrées label.

You can also choose to visit the iconic Villa Majorelle, the jewel of Nancy’s Art Nouveau architecture and an ode to nature. Next, stop in the Ecole de Nancy Museum. This unique, exceptional, and not-to-be-missed museum is entirely dedicated to Art Nouveau. End your day with a breath of fresh air surrounded by the remarkable trees of Sainte-Marie Park next to the site of the future Nancy Thermal spa complex.

If you prefer nature, cycle to the Jean-Marie Pelt Botanical Gardens and discover more than 12,000 species growing in the park and in the tropical greenhouses. In the summer, visit Fléville Château with its feudal dungeon and Renaissance façade or take the cycle route along the canal to Montaigu Château and discover its magnificent collection of archaeology.

After a delicious meal at one of the many restaurants in the city, end your evening on a high note with the sound and light show on Place Stanislas. This journey to an extraordinary world is on display from mid-June to mid-September.

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