Looking for ideas for a 2-day/1-overnight getaway. Requirements are 2-3 hours by car from Landstuhl/Kaiserslautern area, histrorically significant, good food. We have been to Paris, Strasbourg, Colmar, Route du Vins, Reims, Verdun. Ideas?
I loved Nancy, and Google Maps, for what it's worth, shows this to be within your driving time limit. Metz also sounded interesting, but I haven't been there. If you like Art Nouveau or glassware, Nancy is a must. As for history, both are in Lorraine (the less famous and less visited part of Alsace-Lorraine). Metz was part of German lands for a longer time than Nancy (I don't remember details, but I'm sure you could find this on Wikipedia or elsewhere).
Here's a second vote for Nancy. We found it to be one of the prettiest cities in France. In addition to being full of Art Nouveau architecture, there is the Musee de l'Ecole Nancy with beautiful furniture and glassware from that period. You can get a good meal at Excelsior Flo, with decor also of that time. The Old Town has well-preserved buildings from medieval to 18th century origins. There are several other small, interesting museums, and Place Stanislaus is just magnificent.
Nancy, Nancy, Nancy. It's gorgeous. Place Stanislas is absolutely spectacular, but i was surprised by how much i enjoyed walking the streets in the center, like being in a living architectural museum. The art nouveau stuff is a bit out of the center, but I imagine you are driving? So it would be easy for you to get to. Also check out the city's tourist website,they have a brocante every couple of weeks or so; I timed my visit to coincide with that too. I stayed at the Hotel des Prelats, which I loved -- used to be the bishop's house and is part of the cathedral next door (but get your own breakfast and enjoy it on Place Stanislas, the hotel breakfast is quite expensive). Plus I will admit that for the quality of hotel they had lame toiletries, so bring your own shampoo and shower gel!!!