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Spring is a beautiful season of the year to start discovering towns and villages around Paris. Only 1.30 hours from Paris-Gare de l’Est by TGV, the former capital of the Dukes of Lorraine has a lot to offer. April in Nancy, Lorraine is best to admire the famous Place Stanislas and enjoy the famous fun fair on the Cours Léopold.


Spending April in Nancy

Arriving in Nancy by train has been a better experience since the recent inauguration of the square in front of the railway station.

The renovated square of the railway station, Nancy © French Moments
The renovated square of the railway station, Nancy © French Moments

From the station visitors usually follow the way towards the shopping district of Nancy. This is Place André Maginot which connects the station district to the busy shopping precinct of rue Saint-Jean. Don’t you think it has a Parisian ‘je ne sais quoi‘?

Place Maginot, Nancy © French Moments
Place Maginot, Nancy © French Moments

On our way to place Stanislas

When staying in the city of Nancy it is essential to pay a visit to the beautiful Place Stanislas, bordered by elegant neo-classical buildings and finely decorated with lamp-posts, railings and majestic fountains enhanced with gold leaves. The square was commissioned by the former King of Poland Stanislas Leszczyński in 1751 in honour of his son-in-law Louis XV. It was formerly known as Place Royale. A sign fit against the façade of the City-Hall tells us that Nancy and the Duchy of Lorraine have been part of France for the past 250 years (1766-2016).

April in Nancy, Lorraine - the City-Hall on Place Stanislas © French Moments
April in Nancy, Lorraine – the City-Hall on Place Stanislas © French Moments

Flânerie in the Pépinière Park

Nearby the Pépinière Park covers 21 hectares and is often described as being the lungs of the city, whose locals affectuously call it “la Pep”.

Spring flowers in the Pépinière Park, Nancy © French Moments
Spring flowers in the Pépinière Park, Nancy © French Moments
Floral clock, Pépinière Park, Nancy © French Moments
Floral clock, Pépinière Park, Nancy © French Moments

The Spring funfair

April is the time for the funfair on Cours Léopold, one of the largest funfairs run in France.

Funfair of Nancy in April 2016 © French Moments
Funfair of Nancy in April 2016 © French Moments

The Art Nouveau district

The Art Nouveau district of Nancy is also worth a visit in Spring time:

The Art Nouveau district of Nancy in April 2016 © M. Guernier / French Moments
The Art Nouveau district of Nancy in April 2016 © French Moments
Art Nouveau houses in Rue des Brice, Nancy © Michel Guernier - French Moments
Art Nouveau houses in Rue des Brice, Nancy © Michel Guernier -French Moments

The Olry Park

In the neighbourhood of the Olry Park and St. Pierre Church:

Parc Olry in the Spring © Michel Guernier - French Moments
Parc Olry in the Spring © Michel Guernier – French Moments
The Saint-Pierre church in Nancy © Michel Guernier - French Moments
The Saint-Pierre church in Nancy © Michel Guernier – French Moments

Check out the website of the Tourist Information Centre for more info about Nancy.

About the author

Pierre is a French/Australian who is passionate about France and its culture. He grew up in France and Germany and has also lived in Australia and England. He has a background teaching French, Economics and Current Affairs, and holds a Master of Translating and Interpreting English-French with the degree of Master of International Relations, and a degree of Economics and Management. Pierre is the author of the Discovery Course on the Secrets of the Eiffel Tower and the Christmas book "Voyage au Pays de Noël".

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