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Two days in Nancy

Two days in Nancy

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

Then you could move on to the Fine Arts Museum, also on Place Stanislas, where you will find a rich collection of classical and modern paintings, superb examples of Daum glass art and more contemporary design objects by Jean Prouvé – there’s something for everyone! If you’re more interested in science than art, then the Aquarium-Museum is a good alternative, also just a stone’s throw from Place Stanislas. As well as the aquariums and the natural history section, there are regular temporary exhibitions on different themes.

Time to discover something of the history of Nancy next, and every Saturday at 2.30pm from February to October there is a guided tour of the historic city centre lasting an hour and a half. The tour will take you on a journey through the history of the city and the different periods which have left their mark on its architecture: from the medieval and Renaissance old town (Ville Vieille) to the 18th-century UNESCO-listed squares, Stanislas, Carrière and Alliance.

On other days of the week, rent an audioguide for a free tour of the historic center, or follow our discovery map.

If you’d like to do some shopping, you have the choice between the myriad small independent shops in the Grande Rue in the old town, or the major stores and concept outlets in the new town (rue Saint-Jean and Place Charles III).

After such a full day, you’ll appreciate a good meal in one of Nancy’s many restaurants. From mid-June to mid-September, the evening ends in an explosion of colour with the fantastic sound-and-light show projected on the façades of the buildings in Place Stanislas. Known as the ‘La Belle Saison’, the show takes place every evening.

Day 2

Nancy is also renowned as an art nouveau city. Along with Barcelona, Brussels and even Vienna, Nancy has an outstanding art nouveau heritage. This movement flourished in Nancy in the early 20th century. Town houses, shops and public buildings were decorated in the style of the ‘Ecole de Nancy’ or Nancy School with its elegant curves and floral motifs.

To start the day in style, take your breakfast at the Brasserie Excelsior, next to the railway station, which has carefully preserved its magnificent art nouveau decor.

To continue with the art nouveau theme in the afternoon, take some time to visit the Museum of the Nancy School. This unique museum, devoted entirely the art nouveau movement which flourished in Nancy, is housed in the former residence of Eugène Corbin and features a series of rooms (living room, bedrooms, dining room, etc.) decorated in the style of the period. We recommend you take a look at the nearby Rue Félix Faure with its coloured façades or walk up as far as the Villa Majorelle, which you can admire from outside (the gardens will reopen in 2020).

The nearby Sainte-Marie park is a haven of tranquillity where you can take a well-earned break. Try to find the typical Alsatian house, a remnant of the International Exhibition of Eastern France, held in Nancy in 1909. To round off the day, relax and enjoy a drink or home-made ice cream in the quiet setting of the Brasserie du Parc.