Tourism : the walks around Pont-à-Mousson

Halfway between Nancy and Metz, at the foot of the Mousson hill, this town that spans the Moselle on both sides, has a discretion in inverse proportion to its international notoriety. Tourism is developing steadily in an area that is ideal for sustainable tourism enthusiasts.

Place Duroc

Pont-à-Mousson was also the seat of a Jesuit university of European renown which would explain the incredible architectural heritage of the town; Pont-à-Mousson is an authentic hidden gem. Those that wander there will never get lost. Located on the Nancy-Metz axis and crossed by the Moselle, the Pont-à-Mousson basin opens the doors to the Lorraine Natural Regional Park and offers up its natural, historical and cultural treasures for a change of scenery without ever leaving the area.

From the industries of yesterday, to the new technologies of today, welcome to Pont-à-Mousson !

Pont-à-Mousson from the sky


Roam through the Western parts of the Natural Regional Park to discover the hidden treasures of these preserved sensitive natural spaces.


  • Stones that witnessed history: from castles of the past or still open for visits today, an abbey at the heart of the territory, skills both old and new, there is so much to be discovered
  • Military tourism: this land still bears the marks of the fighting from the Great War, and has had to nurse the wounds of the Second World War. Uncover all its secrets …


A military site of the past, turned witness of the modern era, the town has managed to ally preservation of nature and a unique presentation of what once was. Come and satisfy your curiosity.

To round off your discovery, the terroir will not disappoint with its local productions, to see and to taste in all haste.

The castle of Mousson, templars chapel

The walks in Pont-à-Mousson

The Fountain Place Duroc: torn down in 1869, it was rebuilt in 1931 to remember the dedication of the American ambulance workers during the First World War (in Renaissance style)

Town Hall : elegant construction in Louis XVI style, designed by Lecreulx, built by Claude Mique from 1786 to 1791

The House of the Seven Deadly Sins : “The Castle of Love”, a building from the XVIth century, ducal residence on the Place Duroc, triangular town square surrounded by arches

Saint Laurent church: in Flamboyant style (beginning of the XVIth century), it houses, amongst other things, a magnificent altarpiece

The old university (now the Jacques Marquette high school): main courtyard of the XVIth and XVIIth centuries

Saint Martin church: built at the end of the XIIIth century and finished in the XVth century by Jacquemin de Lenoncourt

For these visits, contact:

Tourism Office for the Pont-à-Mousson basin

52 Place Duroc

54 700 Pont-à-Mousson

Tel: 03 83 81 06 90

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An exceptional religious heritage

The Mousson hill

The Mousson hill is a hillock that overlooks Pont-à-Mousson by 200 metres. This hill, with an altitude of 382 metres, is crowned by the ruins of a feudal castle dating back to the XIth century, to control the trafic of the old roman road from Lyon to Trêves.

The ruins of the castle have been listed as a historical monument since 1932. The historical monument listing also includes the Templar’s chapel built on site.

House to the old castle of the Dukes of Bar, and a stronghold since the roman times, the crest of the Mousson hill can be qualified of semi-natural mound, partly surrounded by the walls of the castle.

Parts of the walls of the dungeons still remain, now nicknamed “The Big Tower”. The hill gives a magnificent view over the Moselle valley and the Saulnois countryside as far as Metz.

For visits, contact:

The Association Les Amis du Vieux Mousson

Mairie de Mousson

Rue de la Chapelle


Tel: 03 83 82 42 90

(The Pont-à-Mousson basin)

The Pont-à-Mousson basin

Discover the Petite Suisse Lorraine on bike

Discover the trail suggested by the Tourism Office: pick up a paper copy of the itinerary at the Office Place Duroc

The Trip 36km 2h45

Discover Montauville, Mamey, Martincourt, Villers-en-Haye before circling back towards Jezainville, Blénod-lès-Pont-à-Mousson and finally arriving at the Place Duroc. Take the forest paths where the fauna and flora intermingle with the scenery to enthral you.

Click on the link below to discover the trail in a printable PDF format:

Click here to access the pdf file

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Publié par Guy Ros

Guy Ros directeur d'agence de tourisme, écrivain et essayiste.

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