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Points of interest
Its architectural splendour spans three distinct eras, from imposing medieval monuments and fortifications to the lavish art nouveau of the Belle Époque age. But it's the baroque magnificence of the ensemble of 18th-century, UNESCO Heritage-listed squares that are the jewel in Nancy's crown.
Today, in addition to its role as a university city and high-tech hub, Nancy is a performing-arts nucleus, home to a national opera, a symphony orchestra, a ballet and a national drama theatre, as well as a host of museums. Whether you're visiting on business, to explore the sights on a Nancy city trip or to sample the local gastronomy and fine wines of the Lorraine region, we offer you a broad selection of the best places to stay in Nancy to meet your needs.
Things to do in Nancy
The obvious starting point for your walk around Nancy is its pulsating heart,Place Stanislas, the splendid square built by Emmanuel Héré at the behest of Stanislaus I, Duke of Lorraine. It's ringed by gilded wrought-iron gates, dotted with fountains and overlooked by grand French Classicist edifices including the hugeHôtel de Ville (City Hall) in Nancy, France – also home to the Nancy tourism office – as well as Nancy's opera house, theOpéra National de Lorraine. There's also theMusée des Beaux Arts (Museum of Fine Arts), with major works spanning the 14th to 21st centuries and a renowned decorative-glass collection. Take a seat at one of the terrace cafés and bars lining "Place Stan" to soak up the architectural splendour and the buzz of local life over a café au lait – or a glass of light, dry Moselle wine.
Stroll via the ornate triumphal Arc de Triomphe Héré to another UNESCO-listed square; thePlace de la Carrière was also remodelled under Stanislaus I. The shady garden of the adjoining Palais du Gouvernement is a serene stop for a break from sightseeing. A few steps away, thePalace of the Dukes of Lorraine and the adjoining Franciscan church offer up an array of exhibits illuminating the history of the Lorraine region. One of several surviving gates protecting Nancy's old town, thePorte de la Craffe is decorated with bas reliefs and crowned by two towers.
Between 1890 and 1914, wealthy residents of Nancy commissioned members of the local École Nancy (Nancy School) to design houses in the fashionable art nouveau style, gifting the city some of France's finest examples of the movement's works. You can visit theVilla Majorelle, completed by Henri Sauvage, to admire its stained glass and curving wooden staircases, and also track down other buildings featuring typically elaborate, organic ornamentation in the city centre, such as the Brasserie L'Excelsior and the Crédit Lyonnais bank. TheÉcole de Nancy Museum is a must-visit for its ornate glassware, furniture and textiles, all displayed in an opulent villa complete with a luxuriant garden and an elaborate circular pavilion originally designed to house an aquarium.
Looking for a leafy spot where you can take a break and let the kids play in Nancy? The sprawlingParc de la Pépinière, a stone's throw from Place Stanislas, features a Rodin statue and small zoo amid its English-style gardens. Youngsters will also love the Nancy Museum-Aquarium nearby, with dioramas of stuffed animals as well as live marine creatures and lots of hands-on displays.
Where to eat in Nancy
Nancy's best restaurants span everything from stylish Michelin-starred eateries to convivial brasseries and unpretentious global venues popular with the student crowd. One hotspot is the neighbourhood around narrow rue de la Primatiale, packed with bars and restaurants from chic to down-to-earth, which spill onto the sidewalk as soon as the weather warms up.
When you're pondering what to eat in Nancy, the region's most famous culinary export probably springs to mind – the quiche Lorraine, a savoury tart with a filling of eggs, cream and bacon. Pâté Lorrain – marinated meat wrapped in flaky puff pastry – and bouchées à la Reine vol-au-vents also pop up as appetisers on lots of menus. You can pick up famed Mirabelle plums, cheeses like Mossa and goat's milk Petit Gris, and salty Lorraine sausage at the vastMarché Couvert. Got a sweet tooth? You're spoiled for choice with sinful confectionery like colourful, liqueur-filled Lorraine chardon chocolates,or speciality patisserie including delicate Nancy macarons and Liverdun Madeleines*–*not to forget alcohol-soaked rum baba desserts.
Lorraine's wine industry is smaller than those of France's south, but you should try the delicate, mainly white, vintages produced by small, often-organic wineries in the Côtes de Toul, Côtes de Meuse and Moselle valley areas.
The best hotels in Nancy
The Accor portfolio offers options for every stay, whether you're looking for a romantic hotel in the city centre or you're mixing business and pleasure and need rooms for meetings and coworking. Choose our luxurious, art nouveau-themed hotel near Place Stanislas, or go for stylish budget options near the train station and Nancy Congress Center. Staying longer and requiring more space? Book one of our apartments complete with a kitchen. For families, we also offer a hotel with 4 stars and a pool, on the outskirts but still within easy reach of the centre. If you're making a quick stopover and looking for budget accommodation with parking close to the motorway, we have several budget hotels near Nancy, France, in Nancy Sud.
Getting to Nancy
Fast TGV trains connect Nancy to Paris, a journey of around 1.5 hours, while the drive takes about 3.5 hours. The regional Aéroport de Metz–Nancy–Lorraine is 45 kilometres north of the city, with seasonal flights to Marseille, Lyon and Toulouse, plus a frequent shuttle service into central Nancy.
When to visit Nancy
Nancy is a year-round destination, with a busy calendar of annual events. The magnificent central square comes alive with a spectacular sound-and-light show from June to September during Rendez-vous Place Stanislas. Big cultural events include the Voix du Monde choral festival in late May–early June, Nancy International Film Festival in late summer and Jazz Pulsations in October. Parades and marching bands celebrate Saint Nicholas in early December, and wooden stalls offering handicrafts, gingerbread and mulled wine take over city squares during the weeks leading up to Christmas.