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Return Day Visit From Strasbourg to Metz- By Train?

We will be visiting Strasbourg late August this year and would like to know how easy it would be to do a day visit by Public Transport, train or bus?

How many hours on the train?

Is it a good destination or are there better day trips from Strasbourg?

6 Answers

answered by
a VirtualTourist member from Bern

There are frequent trains from Strasbourg to Metz, taking about 1 1/2 hours. So a day trip is perfectly feasible. The best place to look up schedules for these trains is on the German Railway's website (yes, really) :
The best place to get tickets is at the station in Strasbourg.

Another good destination is Colmar. You could even go to Basel in Switzerland, or Karlsruhe or Freiburg in Germany

answered by
a VirtualTourist member from Sacramento

There is a new branch of the Pompidou Center in Metz if you care for modern art. If I were in Strasbourg, I'd opt for a day trip to visit wine villages. They are nearly all gorgeous, very quaint and picture perfect. You would have to take a package tour, bus or rent a car since most won't have a train station.

Colmar, as suggested above, is also a great day trip and you do have train service there. Check VT pages on Colmar because there is a lot to do and it's a very pretty smaller city, the Venice of Alsace.

In all honesty, I've never gotten too excited about the Metz area but that is personal taste. I assume if you're considering it, you must have a reason.

Have a great trip.

answered by
a VirtualTourist member from Perth

Thanks for the information KVB, Gwened and Sally. I had noted the wine villages but had not bothered as we will not have a hire car.

Will certainly take a wine villages tour.

We have extended our stay to 5 nights(really 4 full days as we travel from Amsterdam) before we take the train to Paris(2 nights) for return flight to Australia.


answered by
a VirtualTourist member from Sacramento

Enjoy Alsace. It's one of our favorite parts of France . . . if one can have a favorite part. There are so many regions that are lovely . . .

Interestingly, we're visiting Metz in September on a brief tour of WWI battlefields and monuments. When in Alsace, though, either Colmar or the wine villages would be more of an Alsatian experience. You can only do so much on one trip. The solution, of course, is to take a lot of trips. ;^)

Have a great time.

answered by
a VirtualTourist member from Sacramento

Hi gwened. I know Metz is in Lorraine. That is why I suggested the poster might want to save it for a trip centered in that region. My idea was that if you are going to Alsace, it might be more fun to arrange your day trips in Alsace to get the most you could out of that particular trip.

Lorraine would be a delightful future trip . . . and entirely different in feel. We're doing it this Fall because my grandfather was in WWI and we wanted to explore the battlefields and monuments in the Verdun / Metz area.

That's the joy of France. Each region is so different from the others that you always have a future trip to plan. ;^)

answered by
a VirtualTourist member from Sacramento

gwened, Thank you. We'll be sure to visit the monument in Verdun. I hadn't heard of it before.

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