Located in northeast region of France known as Lorraine, Nancy is a city filled with amazing architecture and a unique style and culture of its own. As the city only became a part of France in the 18th century, the area has a unique feel to it, which the locals are proud of. A great alternative to the overly touristy cities like Paris and Calais, Nancy is a charming destination for a holiday offering a unique take on life in France. Auto Europe offers several pick up locations and a large fleet selection, so finding a car rental in Nancy is both easy and economical.
First stop for most visitors to Nancy, and a great way to get your bearings is a visit to Place Stanislas, a large public square located right near the centre of the city. Park your hire car near the square, which was built in the 18th century and features grand gates and statues, and is surrounded by several historical buildings all built in the same style.
Once a city in much need of defence from invaders including the French, historical Nancy featured a fortified wall surrounding the city and protecting its residents. These days, although the wall is virtually gone, there are a few remnants which remind visitors of how the city once looked. Drive your rental car a short distance north of Place Stanislas, and check out Port de la Craffe, located on Grande Rue. A massive gateway which was once part of the city walls, Port de la Craffe was built in the 14th century, with two large towers added in the 15th, creating a fairytale castle-like appearance.
To learn a little about the history of the area, check out the Lorraine Museum, housed inside the building formerly used as the Duke's palace. The museum has a range of displays on the history of the area, including art, tools, weapons and historical artefacts gathered in Nancy and throughout Lorraine.
For a peaceful afternoon walk to unwind after all your sightseeing, jump in your hire car and visit the Montet Botanical Gardens. Here you can enjoy gardens featuring plants from every continent, with flower beds, fruit plantations and grand trees throughout the park, the perfect place to have a stroll and unwind.
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