Top Things To Do In Reims | 1Stays

Route du Champagne (the Champagne Road)

In order to discover Champagne and its unique viticultural patrimony you will simply have to follow the famous Champagne road. This road is winding among vines, on hillsides where are standing the villages, castles and churches. Discover the Champagne wine cellars and enjoy our Champagne tasting.

Notre-Dame de Reims Cathedral

Built between 1211 and 1516, Reims’ cathedral is the site where 25 kings of France where sacred. Bigger than Notre Dame de Paris, it figures among the most beautiful testimonies of Gothic art. Most visited monument in Reims, the cathedral is registered on the UNESCO world heritage.

Palace of Tau

Adjoining Notre-Dame de Reims cathedral, it owes its name from its “T” shape (“Tau” in ancient Greek). The Palace of Tau was the former palace of the archbishop of Reims and the royal residence of kings of France at the time of their coronation. Restored in the 1950’s, since 1972 it houses a museum linked to the cathedral and to the coronation of kings of France.

Musée des Beaux-Arts

Located between the former abbatial palace Saint-Denis, the Musée des Beaux Arts gathers paintings, sculptures, drawings, engravings, furnitures and works of art from Renaissance to Art Déco, not to mention “Grand Siecle” painting, Impressionism, and the unclassifiable work of the a fench-japanese artist, Foujita.

Saint-Remi basilica

Registered on the UNESCO world’s heritage, the basilica of Saint Remi from Reims was built in the 1900s to host the vestiges of Saint Remi, the bishop who baptized Clovis in 498. Many destructions took place during the first World War. The restorations took 40 years, until 1958. The basilica is located next to several Champagne houses such as Ruinart or Taittinger.

Saint-Rémi Museum

Directly next to the basilica, in the former royal Benedictine abbey, the Saint-Remi museum keeps important collections related to Reims history from prehistory to World War II. You will get to visit the Medieval Hall, the cloister and the main stairway of this edifice registered on the UNESCO world heritage.

Le Vergeur Museum

Classified as a historical monument, Le Vergeur Museum is composed of two buildings from the 13th and 16th centuries. This mansion house exhibits art works from Antiquity to 20th century and more specifically 50 engravings made by Albrecht Dürer, furniture from the Renaissance period and art works from Asia and Orient from 19th century.

Fort de la Pompelle

Built from 1880 to 1883, the Fort de la Pompelle is the only fort remaining in the Allies’ hands during world war I which permitted to defend the city of Reims. This fort houses a museum with very valuable collections, including artillery pieces and a unique collection of 560 helmets from the german imperial army.

The Dragon’s cave

Hiqh strategic location of the first world war and more specifically of the Nivelle offensive, the dragon’s cave has been transformed from 1915 by the german units in an underground barracks. From September to November 1917, it witnessed many bitter battles between French and German.

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