THE CITY OF PONT-À-MOUSSON
Pont-à-Mousson is a city located north east of France in the department of
Meurthe-et-Moselle of the region Lorraine.
Population (1999): 14,592 (Mussipontains). It is an industrial town (mainly steel industry), situated on the Moselle River. Pont-à-Mousson has several historical monuments, including the well-known 18th century Abbey of Prémontrés.
The altitude of the city hall of Pont-à-Mousson is approximately 180 meters.
Strategically positioned at an important river crossing, Pont-à-Mousson and
the surrounding region saw terrible fighting during the twentieth century wars
between France and Germany. The town suffered further destruction in 1944,
before being liberated by the US Third Army, supported by an active
local resistance movement.
HOW TO GET PONT-À-MOUSSON
Pont-à-Mousson is right in the centre of Europe, in the heart of Lorraine, not far
from Metz and Nancy (30 minutes) and from the regional airport Metz-Nancy-Lorraine
& the TGV East high speed train link.
Paris is 1 ½ hour away (Nancy or Metz railway station).
Luxembourg and Strasbourg are less than one hour away.
The pretty Place Duroc square with its Renaissance arcade houses is
right in the centre of the town. Built in the 18th century.
Built in the18th century, the Prémontrés abbey today is a cultural centre.
This historical monument is in a pleasant location on the edge of the Moselle River.
The Moselle is a river flowing through France, Luxembour and Germany.
It is a left tributary of th Rhine, joining it at Koblenz. A small part of Belgium is also
drained by the Mosel through the Our. The river gave its name to two French departments:Moselle and Meurthe-et-Moselle.
Its total length from source to mouth is approximately 546 km.
Towns along the Moselle River are:
in France: Épinal, Toul, Pont-à-Mousson, Metz and Thionville.
in Luxembourg: Schengen, Remich, Grevenmacher and Wasserbillig.
in Germany: Trier, Bernkastel-Kues, Cochem and Koblenz.