Attractions & Activities in Champagne

Reims

Apart from its status as Champagne capital of the world, Reims offers one of the most impressive Gothic Cathedrals of France, the Cathedral of Notre Dame. Between 1223 and 1825, twenty-five kings were crowned in this beautiful, thirteenth-century church. The appealing Marc Chagall designed, stained glass windows in the east chapel are a delight for the eye.

The champagne houses of Mumm, Tattinger and Piper-Heidsteck are located in the city of Reims itself and regular guided tours are offered when paying a small fee. The museum at the Hotel de Vergeur hosts all kinds of beautiful objects, including a set of unique Durer engravings. The museum of Fine Arts is the city iprincipal art museum and covers French art from the Renaissance until now.

Epernay

The city Epernay is located 26 km (16 miles) south of Reims. The city is smaller than its big brother Reims, but nearly equal in the production of the delicious bubbles. Some of the most famous Champagne brands are located in Epernay: Moet & Chandon, Pol Roger and Mercier. Underneath the city and its surroundings there can almost 200 miles of champagne cellars be found.

Troyes

The ancient Capital of the region is a lovely medieval town midway between Paris and Dijon. The city boast one of the finest collections of 16th-Century half-timbered houses, noteworthy museums and the impressive Cathedral of Saint Paul and Saint Peter. Troyes is a beautiful gem and a delightful place to visit. From Nike to Laura Ashley, Boss to Kenzo, and Yves St-Laurent to Jean-Paul Gaultier, you can find it all in Troyes and its outskirts. Designer clothes can be bought here directly from the factory and can cost up to two-thirds less of the normal retail selling price.

Charleville-Mézières

Situated on the banks of the Meusse River, about 50 miles northeast of Reims lays the charming town of Charleville-Mézières. The city is known as the marionette capital of the world. On the front of the Marionettes institute is a fantastic two-story clock called the Puppet Master, which marks the daylight hours by transforming itself into a puppet show. The town's centerpiece is the 17th-century Ducal Square, an arcaded square of steeply gabled roofs. The Musée Arthur Rimbaud traces the life of the poet and native son. Wild boar and wild mushrooms are one of the many culinary specialties from this town.