Perhaps better known for its champagne, Reims (pronounced 'Rance', more or less) is also renowned for its magnificent cathedral, where French kings were traditionally crowned.

The refined atmosphere of the Champagne Houses, a town centre which offers both the elegance of its Art Deco facades and its relaxed atmosphere, which prevails in the streets and on the café-terraces, a program of many and varied cultural events, and a green environment where nature is queen, all contribute to the excellence that is Reims.

Like everywhere else, the Industrial Revolution radically changed the appearance of the town, which increased from 30,000 to 120,000 inhabitants within a century. Rich mansions replaced the half-timbered houses. Some of the first international air meetings took place in Reims at the beginning of the 20th century. Reims is in fact one of the birthplaces of the aeronautics.


Worthy of a visit are the 

Saint Remi Basilica (place Chanoine Ladame)

Notre Dame Cathedral (place Carindal Lucon)

Saint Remi Museum (53 rue Simon)

Palais du Tau (2 place du Cardinal Lucon)


All markets in Reims are open from 6am-1pm:

Monday: Saint Thomas, avenue de Laon

Tuesday: Saint Maurice, place and rue Saint Maurice; and at Jean Moulin, place Jean Moulin

Wednesday: Chatillons, parking Georges Hodin, and Croix du Sud, Esplanade Paul Cézanne

Thursday: Carteret, boulevard Carteret, and Luton, place Luton

Friday: Wilson, boulevard Wilson

Saturday, Croix Rouge, rue Pierre-Taittinger, and Boulingrin, place du Boulingrin

Sunday: Jean Jaurès, avenue Jean-Jaurès, and Sainte Anne, rue de Louvois

Reims flea market is held at the Reims Exhibition Centre (except in August), and at the Boulingrin Place in September.

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12 boulevard Général Leclerc, 51100 Reims, France
Tel: 03 26 77 45 25

Reims is located by TGV train, at just 45 minutes from Paris, and at 30 minutes from the Paris Roissy International Airport.

Get the best of out your stay by buying a Reims City Card, a discovery pass to the city, available from the tourist office.