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Guided Tours

The Tourist Office guided tours

To allow you to plan a stay in Nancy or its region, the Groups Service of DESTINATION NANCY – Tourist Office introduces you to these tours, tours and discovery opportunities. Discover Nancy’s prestigious history and special atmosphere with qualified guides.

We offer tours in: French, German, English, Japanese, Chinese, Italian, Russian and Polish.

N°1 – Historic City Centre

This tour notably includes Place Stanislas and Place de la Carrière and allows the visitor to examine the lasting impression the last Duke of Lorraine made on the city. The charm of the town – Medieval and Renaissance – is revealed thanks not only to its architectural gems, but also to its great shops, pretty terraces and little cafés. The Ducal Palace, the distinctive hotels, the Craffe Gate and the Saint Epvre church are some important monuments from Lorraine’s history.

1hr 30mins. Sign language interpreter also available.

Option of 30 additional mins. Tour of the inside of the Craffe Gate built in the 14th century, it is one of the last, still-standing remnants from the medieval wall which protected Nancy at the time. It also served as a prison. 18 people max. per group

N°2 – UNESCO World Heritage

Nancy is celebrated all over the world for its architectural ensemble which, since 1983, has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site.
You will discover Place Stanislas, completely renovated, decorated and pedestrianized and considered one of the most beautiful squares in the world, as well as Place d’Alliance and Place de la Carrière.

1hr 30mins. Sign language interpreter also available.

N°3 – Art Nouveau: at the heart of business

From Place Maginot to Place Stanislas, this tour explores the sites which made up the business world around the year 1900: shops, banks and other buildings. The École de Nancy has successfully taken advantage of the progress in technology and the beauty of the decorative arts and crafts, so as to be able to engrave on stone, metal, glass and wood the entrepreneurial spirit which characterised the then bourgeoisie of business.

Option of 30 additional mins. Tour of the interior of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry, week days only (Gruber stained glass window)

N° 4 – Art Nouveau in the Suburbs

From your coach and with commentary from a guide you will discover the most remarkable École de Nancy buildings: Bergeret House, Saurupt Park (garden city composed of five more Art Nouveau villas) and some symbolic places such as Emile Gallé’s former workshops.

1hr 30mins.

Option of 30 additional mins. Tour of the interior of Maison Bergeret, week days only.

N°5 – Art Nouveau Houses

From the station to the city’s western suburbs, the walk ends at the Ecole de Nancy Museum. Discover how the city progressively expanded, incorporating agricultural plots and old villages.

1hr 30mins. assistance for the hearing-impaired available (additional sign-language interpretation)

N°6 – Art Nouveau ? Art Déco ?

While Nancy is internationally renowned as the capital of France’s Art Nouveau, its Art Déco heritage is less well known. Nancy’s Saurupt Park, an area that developed essentially between the wars, is the ideal place to gain an understanding of the difference between these two styles.

1hr 30mins. assistance for the hearing-impaired available (additional sign-language interpretation)

N°7 – Taster tour

This tour combines discovering the city’s heritage with enjoying some of its culinary specialities, and includes a tour of one particular district (the Old Town, the UNESCO heritage site, or an Art Nouveau district) and an unusual location not generally open to the public. The tour finishes with an apéritif. Tastings take place in collaboration with local partners who will introduce their specialities, all reflecting Lorraine’s regional cuisine.

1 hr 30, assistance for the hearing-impaired available (additional sign-language interpretation)
Pricing: From € 27 per person Sunday, also available in other languages (additional charge) – Based on 20-25 people.

N°8 – Street Art

Street art created by artist from the local area and across the world stretches from Porte de la Craffe to Place des Vosges and from Place Simone Veil to Porte Sainte-Catherine, creating paths through space and time. This urban heritage, to which stunning works are continually added, opens up new perspectives and narratives. Look out for it all around Nancy!

1 hr 30

N°9 – Musée de l’Ecole de Nancy

Situated on the property of Eugène Corbin, patron of the École de Nancy, the museum and its gardens recreate the decorative and botanical styles of the era. The collections (unique pieces by Émile Gallé, Eugène Vallin and Louis Majorelle) are testament to the diveristy of techniques (furniture, glass “objets d’arts”, stained-glass, leather, ceramics, textiles…) developed by the artists of this movement.

Recommended tour time: 1hr 30mins – Closed on Mondays and Tuesdays

N°10 – Fine Arts museum

Next to paintings signed by Tintoret, Caravage, Rubens, Delacroix, Monet, Modigliani, and Picasso, works by a number of artists from Lorraine are displayed: Claude le Lorrain, Émile Friant, Victor Prouvé, Étienne Cournault and Jules Bastien-Lepage. The Daum collection of glasswork is exhibited there and allows the visitor to discover 100 years of production of the celebrated Nancy manufacturer. A permanent space is also dedicated to the work of Jean Prouvé.

Recommended tour time: 1hr 30mins – Closed on Tuesdays

N°11 – Notre-Dame de Bonsecours Church

The church, built between 1738 and 1741 on the site of a chapel dedicated to the Virgin Mary, was architect Emmanuel Héré’s first piece of work. Stanislas chose this church as the location for his and his wife’s tombs because of the importance of the Virgin Mary in Polish Christian traditions.

1 hr – Closed to visits at weekends and during services – 30 people maximum

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