The essential Nancy !


Place Stanislas regularly appears in the media as one of the most beautiful squares in the world. In 1752, it was commissioned by Stanislas, the last Duke of Lorraine, to the architect Emmanuel Héré, student of Boffrand. Its exceptional beauty, originality and its location in the city from 1750, this grand square fulfilled several objectives: a tribute to Louis XV, a link between the new town and old town (until then totally independent of one another) while meeting military requirements…. The clear paving, gold grills and rococo fountains from the most outstanding artists of the time, highlight the pure and classical architecture of the buildings. With the establishment of The Place de l’Alliance, the Place de la Carrière and the Arc de Triomphe, Place Stanislas comprises a wide area inscribed as World Heritage by UNESCO and forms one of the most delicate architectural ensembles of the European 18th century. Namely: this exceptional space is bordered of 23 hectares of the Pépinière park; which adds to the charm of the city heart of the city of Nancy. unesco_nancy


In 1871, Alsace and Lorraine become the North German. The defeat marks the beginning of an exodus to “France”. Nancy, first border town, goes from 30 000 up to 70 000 people and is getting ready for 30 years of exceptional economic, industrial, intellectual and artistic influence. Local artists and industrial combine with newcomers. Emile Gallé, Nancy, creates his glass factory. His example was followed by the Daum family, “optionee” of Moselle. Prouvé draws, paints and sculpts, Majorelle works with wood, and Walter Gruber, glass and stained glass, Martin works leather … all versatile, talented and avant-garde … in 1901, Nancy is at the forefront of the Art Nouveau movement alongside Paris and Brussels and the industrial art of a new kind created around Emile Gallé, the Ecole de Nancy. Banks, merchants and the wealthy bourgeoisie are building in this avant-garde style that transforms the station center and neighborhoods of Saurupt or Nancy Thermal. To be discovered without moderation like the exceptional DAUM Collection at the Museum of Fine Arts and the Museum of the Nancy School in Villa Corbin (Eugène Corbin was an unconditional of Gallé and patron of the Ecole de Nancy).


Mineral, Nancy? Let us examine the ideas and the city: Nancy has 300 hectares of green space divided into 40 urban parks. Each point of the agglomeration is less than 10 minutes walk from a green space. Its 3 labeled remarkable gardens each have a history and a unique appearance: The Pépinière park and its 23 hectares bordering the thirteenth space. Founded in the 18th, redesigned in the 19th, it is the place for joggers and families throughout the year and particularly appreciated on beautiful days for small breaks on the grass! The Botanical Garden and its greenhouses, part of the university, retain more than 12,000 plant species on the heights of Villers les Nancy. The garden “Dominique Alexandre Godron”, with its Ginkgobiloba and alleys of experimental plantations adjoin the museum aquarium Sainte Catherine street; Museum and garden are worth the (very small) detour from Place Stanislas. The Renaissance garden on top of the gate of the Citadel is a gift for which the trouble to find access. The Sainte Marie park created for the International Exhibition of 1909 marks the entrance of Grand Nancy Thermal area and pools. The Forêt de Haye, second peri-urban forest in France, extends its 11 000 hectares west of the metropolitan area… Not to mention its high botanical and horticultural history, masterpieces of the school of Nancy, the ephemeral Garden in October, Place Stanislas …, yes really Nancy is a “green” city!


Six very different museums are to be discovered in Nancy, such as Poirel gallery reserved for contemporary art exhibitions. Inevitably you will find establishment (s) that suit your tastes and time availability. The Museum of Fine Arts presents collections from the Renaissance to today in three buildings, including one room of Jean Prouvé and Stanislas College of Medicine (impressive peristyle). It is home to the old fortifications, with an amphitheater and 600 crystal pieces of Daum Collection in the basement. Opened in 1963, the Ecole de Nancy Museum and its early garden twentieth century installed in the house of Eugène Corbin. This museum, which is famous throughout the world, is the only one to present a unique artistic movement in a recomposed universe: dining room, living room, bedrooms. To be seen. The Lorraine Museum in the heart of the Old Town includes the typical Renaissance Ducal Palace of Lorraine, the Government Palace (18th) and gardens, the convent and the Chapel of Cordeliers. Essential to “understanding” the history and culture of Lorraine. Despite significant restructuring work, collections of wich exceptional collection Jacques Callot, remain accessible to the public. The museum of the history of iron in Jarville, is a must for scientific and technical culture. Collections from the Bronze Age to the present, in a signed Andre building. The Orly metal gantry Jean Prouvé welcome you upon entry. The Botanical Garden presents on two greenhouses (arid and tropical) 12,000 species organized in gardens, rock gardens, water features, as interesting as delightful to discover over an area of x hectar. A breath of fresh air to be recommended. The museum aquarium with its incredible art deco facade opening onto the Godron botanical garden plunges you upon entry in to the retro atmosphere zoological museums … but a close eye will quickly discover the modernity of the presentations and the extraordinary vitality of temporary exhibitions. An amphitheater that has seen generations of students, now hosts conferences and presentations.


The Old Town, medieval and Renaissance, takes you back in time. Composed of network of alleys, small squares, narrow streets lined with tall houses with carved gables and mullioned windows, the Old Town wraps around the Ducal Palace, a remarkable renaissance building built by René II. The streets are paved, shops alternate with small cafes, their tables outside are an invitation to take your time and enjoy the place! The imposing Porte de la Craffe (14th century) closes the Grand Rue: lined with restaurants, artisans, grocery and convenience stores, it is the backbone of the Old City. The old town is not a “tourist” site but a lively area, mixing all social classes, and very popular with students.


Offering many Cultural Appointments, this creative city has a national opera, a ballet, a center of drama of national importance and a great number of places of creation and distribution.

The “Opéra national de Lorraine” Housed Place Stanislas in one of the detached houses from the eighteenth century, this Italian style theater of 1910 (one of six certified French national operas) is inspired by the Palace Garnier’s gold: it is a journey in itself. The “Théâtre de La Manufacture” “The Manu” National Drama Center, under the direction of actor and director Michel Didym, is primarily a stage open to theatrical creation. The “Ballet de Lorraine” Directed by the Swede Petter Jacobsson, the National Choreographic Centre – Ballet de Lorraine – plays the card of the contemporary repertoire. Its 26 dancers give their vision of major works signed, notably Merce Cunningham, William Forsythe or Mathilde Monnier. L’Autre Canal L’Autre Canal has naturally found its place in the city wich houses the MAI (Music Academy International)! It is the place of practice, creation and artistic expression of contemporary music and regularly hosts world-famous artists. Poirel room and gallery With its façade revisited by the designer Robert Stadler in 2013, the site consists of an auditorium with ideal sound quality and an important contemporary art gallery.