Located less than an hour away from Paris, Reims is a treasure of art and history.
Its rich architectural patrimony, viticultural traditions, and museums make this city a destination of choice.
The history of Reims is intimately linked to that of France, from the baptism of Clovis to the surrender of the German army in 1945.
Capital City of Champagne, Reims welcomes each year more than 3.5 million tourists who go to the city of coronations in particular to visit the most prestigious Champagne Houses.
In the surrounding area, you can walk through the famous vineyards for which the region is famous, whose hillsides are listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
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 Champagne tasting.
Built between 1211 and 1516, Reims’ cathedral is the site where 25 kings of France were anointed. Bigger than Notre Dame de Paris, it figures among the most beautiful testimonies of Gothic art. The most visited monument in Reims, this cathedral is registered on the UNESCO world heritage.
Located between the former abbatial palace Saint-Denis, the Museum of Fine Arts gathers paintings, sculptures, drawings, engravings, furniture, and artworks from Renaissance to Art Déco, not to mention “Grand Siecle” painting, Impressionism, and the unclassifiable work of the French-Japanese artist, Foujita.
Built from 1880 to 1883, the Fort de la Pompelle was the only fort remaining in the Allies’ hands during World War I which allowed for the defense of 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.
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. It was restored in the 1950s and since 1972 it houses a museum linked to the cathedral and to the coronation of the kings of France.
Classified as a historical monument, Le Vergeur Museum is composed of two buildings from the 13th and 16th centuries. This mansion house exhibits artworks from antiquity to the 20th century and more, including 50 engravings made by Albrecht Dürer, furniture from the Renaissance period, and artworks from Asia and Orient from the 19th century.
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. Much destruction 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.
It was the high strategic location during World War I and more specifically of the Nivelle offensive. The dragon’s Cave was transformed in 1915 by the German units into underground barracks. From September to November 1917, it witnessed many bitter battles between the French and Germans.
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.
Dating from the 3rd century, the Mars Gate is the largest known arch in the Roman world: 33 meters long and 13 meters high. It takes its name from the proximity of a temple dedicated to the Roman god of war. Porte Mars was built to bear witness to the city's most prosperous period under the Roman Empire.
|THE JOHANNIC FESTIVAL||Event to commemorate the coronation of Charles VII, July 17, 1429, in the cathedral of Reims.||June|
|LES FLÂNERIES MUSICALES||Classical music and jazz festival.||End of June - end of July|
|THE RUN IN REIMS||10km, half, and marathon.||October|
|REIMS CHRISTMAS MARKET||Reims is the 3rd largest Christmas market in France after Strasbourg and Colmar.||End of November - end of December|