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Three days in Nancy

Nancy in 72 hours

We recommend you start your visit by popping into the Tourist Office in Place Stanislas. You’ll be able to find out all you need to know to make the most of your stay in Nancy, and purchase the Nancy City Pass, which offers great savings. Spend less and visit more!

Day 1

Start your visit of Nancy in the Ville Vieille. Walk up La Grande Rue to Porte de la Craffe, admiring the former ducal palace and the small shops, and don’t hesitate to push the door of the Cordeliers church. During the refurbishment of the Musée Lorrain, the church has a free exhibition on the history of the duchies of Lorraine.

For lunch, “Rue des Maréchaux” offers a large choice of restaurants.

In the afternoon, head to another Nancy district to discover another distinctive feature of the city’s heritage: the Art Nouveau movement. On foot from the station, take “Avenue Foch”, where some of the buildings date back to this artistic period. Take a look at the Commanderie tower on the Place de la Commanderie, Nancy’s oldest building (1140).

Day 2

Many buildings devoted to business and trade were also decorated in the art nouveau style in the early 20th century. They are still visible today and a special audioguide tour ‘Art Nouveau at the Heart of the Business District’, will guide you to them. As these buildings are located in Nancy’s shopping district, you can also take the opportunity for a spot of shopping in the many stores nearby.

The central market is an inviting place for lunch and has several eateries offering freshly prepared cuisine.

In the afternoon, make the most of the cycle routes around Nancy with a bike ride along the canal (bike rental available at the Maison du Vélo). You can ride as far as Jarville and stop at the “Féru des Sciences” Museum or to Montaigu château in summer. From April to November, it is also possible to visit Fléville château, a little further on. The château has an impressive Renaissance façade and feudal dungeon.

In the evening, take advantage of Nancy’s rich cultural agenda to go and see a show. Opera, ballet, theatre, contemporary music, festivals… there is something for every taste.

Day 3

Explore a different angle of the city by following the ADN (Art Dans Nancy) street art route.

For lunch, you can improvise a picnic in the large Pépinière park just beside Place Stanislas with local products (a warm savoury ‘pâté lorrain’, sausage, cheeses…) then treat yourself to a gaufre or a handmade ice cream.

In the afternoon, a change of scenery is guaranteed with a visit to the Botanical Garden, a 20-minute tram ride away from the city centre. This garden has 12,000 plants from every continent including local varieties and some exotic ones that you can see in the tropical greenhouses. Among the citrus varieties is the Bergamot tree whose essence is used to make Nancy’s famous sweet, the Bergamot.

Then it’s back to the city for a last evening in one of Europe’s most beautiful squares.