Set near the borders of Belgium, Luxembourg, and Germany, riverside Metz is a city born out of multiple influences. Its elegant old town is sculpted from honey-colored stone, while German-inspired architecture dominates the Quartier Impérial. Plus, the city’s renowned food scene offers a cross-cultural menu.

Porte Serpenoise

The Porte Serpenoise is a sort of triumphal arch which used to mark the South limit of the city of Metz from the 3rd until the early 20th centuries. During the Roman era, the gate was guarding the road to Scarpone (now Dieulouard, near Nancy). In the 19th century, the gate was incorporated into the rampart, as a tunnel dug into the counterscarp. When the German authorities decided to get rid of...