Gare de Metz-Ville at Metz!!!

Ok so I do get into train stations in France and even in Europe even if I prefer the roads and the car. However, this is an impressive building that never rode in it but walk in passing by on my visits to the city of Metz. I thought worthwhile to post about it in my blog. Hope you like it.

The Metz-Ville train station, usually called the Metz train station, is located near the city center of Metz, prefecture of the Moselle department  57, in the Grand Est region. Inaugurated in 1908 by the Imperial General Directorate of Railways of Alsace-Lorraine, it replaces the former Metz station commissioned in 1878. The train station of Gare de Metz is very nice and fast trains arrived from Gare de l’Est of Paris.


A bit of history I like

The rail service of Metz, which begins in 1850, revolves around three stations which succeed one another during the second half of the 19C and at the beginning of the 20C. The current station is in fact the third station of Metz. The first railway station of Metz, built temporarily out of wood, is a terminus station, built around 1850 outside the ramparts of the city, at the current site of the place du Roi-George (King-George). In 1871, during the annexation of Alsace-Lorraine,( same year as the unification of Germany ) ,the station was placed under the authority of the Imperial General Directorate of Railways of Alsace-Lorraine  to be integrated into the German rail network. This station having been destroyed by an accidental fire in 1872, it is decided to build a new station, bigger and more functional. This will be the second station of Metz, known today as the former station of Metz. The building was inaugurated in 1878. At the beginning of the 20C, with the increase in rail traffic, the German imperial administration decided to replace the station of 1878 with a station of greater capacity. The third station of Metz, which will be put into service in 1908, is still in activity as the current train station of Metz.

The primary function of this new station was military. It is the terminus of the cannon line, a strategic railway line. In the event of a war with France, Germany must be able to move its troops on the western border, especially in the Moselstellung sector, in a minimum of time. In the neo-Romanesque Rhineland style, the isolated tower, which stands near the train station, is a water tower. With a capacity of 300 m3, it was used to feed the steam locomotives.

The train station of Metz was, with the stations of Strasbourg and Colmar, one of the principal stations of Reichsland Alsace-Lorraine, a new province of the German Empire. Built in pale gray Niderviller sandstone, it is distinguished from the old buildings of the city center, made of Jaumont stone, a yellow ocher limestone, very characteristic. to conform to a Rhenish Romanesque style, which gathered the consent of William II, drawing from the past glory of the Holy Roman Empire its legitimation; formal kinship with a church , seen from the outside, is most striking for a station. For the right part the buffet and arrivals hall, it is an imperial palace that is evoked. The station reinterprets the symbolism of the religious and temporal powers of the emperor in the Middle Ages. William II, who liked to visit the city of Metz in the Reichsland Elsaß-Lothringen was placed under his direct authority ,and would have sketched the clock tower of the clock according to the press of the time. A profusion of carved details, the statuary, or the stained glass evoking the protection of Charlemagne, echoing the local origins of the Carolingian dynasty, underline the symbolic dimension instilled into the building.

Brief description as never taken trains here just walk in on visits to Metz ! In the lobby are various shops and services, including: two bars-restaurants-breweries, a newsagent, a bookstore, a bakery, a car rental agency, a bike rental stand, a mini market, various shops, a cash dispenser, a photo booth, and paid public washrooms. A contemporary work by the German artist Stephan Balkenhol pays tribute to Jean Moulin, whose death was found on July 8, 1943 in Metz station. It represents Jeann Moulin on foot, surrounded by three resistant’s.


Two underpasses allow travelers to access the 10 lanes available to the station. They cross the station entirely in a North-South axis. The first passage called Jürgen-Kröger passage, named after the architect who built the station, connects the place de General de Gaulle to the district of the Amphitheater and the Deposition-Minute South Station. The second passage, named “passage Adrienne-Thomas”, named after a voluntary caregiver in 1915-16, connects the Taxis station on rue Lafayette with the Amphitheater district and the multimodal exchange hub. A gateway located south exit allows travelers to directly reach the parvis des droits de l’Homme (human rights square) ,and the  Centre Pompidou-Metz. In 2017 and 2018, it was voted “most beautiful train station in France” by Internet users, following a contest organized on Facebook by Gares & Connexions (SNCF).

Some webpages to help you plan your visit or passing by it are

Official Gares and Connexions on the train station of Metz

City of Metz on the train station in French

Tourist office of Metz on coming to Metz

There you go another dandy in my belle France, always amazes me on its wonderful architecture and history not to mention gastronomy good reasons to stay here!!! Enjoy the train station of Metz or Gare Metz-Ville!

And remember, happy travels, good health ,and many cheers to all!!!


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