Air sight of the station of Metz, brought into service in 1908.
Metz

The site of the station having been the subject of a contest in 1901, it is the Kröger architect who are preceded with his judged project ' Light and air'. But this plan, more or less ' modern style', is re-examined twice on intervention of Kaiser Guillaume II, who imposes a mark to him ' novel rhénan'. The requirements of the soldiers, wanting to have a large strategic station, imposes a considerable infrastructure. Installations, conceived to remove the crossings rail-road, allow the simultaneous setting with quay of eleven trains travellers all while maintaining three ways of passage for the transit without stop and the operations. To facilitate the flow of the travellers or the soldiers, the undergrounds of access and output are different; broad staircases facilitate the rise towards the quays high. It is the same for the luggage as of the distinct undergrounds bring by hydraulic elevators on quays low especially reserved to this use. A fifth underground connects the head post office, built opposite the station, paramount element in the military strategy of communication.