Your Essential Travel Guide To Reims
Discover Things To Do In Reims
Reims has two main claims to fame. The first is that it is at the heart of France’s champagne region – only wines made in the area can have the name “champagne”. The second is that its cathedral was where no less than 33 French kings were crowned – making it the country’s equivalent of Westminster Abbey.
It also has some magnificent architecture ranging from some of France’s finest examples of the gothic to a large number of art deco buildings.
There are no less than five sites that have official UNESCO World Heritage status.
When visiting Reims, it’s a good idea to buy one of the official City Cards. For under 20 euros, it entitles you to a visit to a champagne house and the choice of two audio tours of Reims.
What to see in Reims?
Visit the magnificent Cathedrale Notre Dame de Reims. You can also climb up the cathedral tower for a panoramic view.
Next to the cathedral is its museum in the Palais du Tau where you’ll find giant statues of some of the kings whose coronations were held there. Nearby is the Saint Remi Basilica, a 1,000 year old church which has contained the relics of the Bishop of Reims since 1099.
During the Roman occupation it’s thought that the city had no less than four gates around its walls and one of these remains today - The Porte de Mars.
A more modern piece of history can be found at the Surrender Museum which has been located in the building where, on May 7th 1945, German generals signed the documents to officially end the Second World War.
Of all the champagne houses you can visit, Taittinger is one of the most impressive. Champagne tours are also very popular.
Best Restaurants In Reims
Reims is home to some of the best restaurants in France. Whether you're looking for traditional French cuisine, or something more exotic, there's something for everyone in Reims. Enjoy an evening out at one of the city's Michelin-starred restaurants, such as Le Millénaire and Le Foch, or keep things casual at a local cafe or bistro. And don't forget to try some of the delicious local wines while you're there!
Reims Champagne Tours
No visit to Reims would be complete without a visit to one of the world-famous Champagne houses. Take a tour of the Taittinger Reims Champagne House or visit the extensive cave cellars of some of the other famous Champagne houses in the city such as the elegant Champagne Pommery or Veuve-Clicquot, with many offering sommelier-led tastings. Learn about the history and production process of Champagne and sample some delicious bubbles. It's an experience you won't forget!