Reims

Sip champagne, see antique vehicles, explore fascinating Roman sites and learn about the French monarchy in this scenic city in northeastern France.

Reims is a historic city in northern France’s Champagne-Ardenne region. The area has an intriguing past intertwined with Roman occupation, Iron Age settlements and an important role in the former French Monarchy. Reims was the traditional site for French kings’ coronation.

The city’s most famous icon is the Reims Cathedral. The basilica was originally founded in the fifth century and has undergone many renovations since then. Admire its elaborate gothic façade with many spires and arches. Marvel at the sculptures and stained-glass windows. The nearby St. Remi Basilica, with twin spires and grand entrances, was founded in the sixth century and is now a UNESCO site. 

Visit the third-century monument of Mars Gate. Inspect its large arches, which have survived almost 2,000 years. Investigate the intricate engravings on the structure and stroll around the picturesque garden in front of the attraction.

Peruse the collection of around 200 antique vehicles that date back more than a century at the Automobile Museum. See rare motorcycles and many old-fashioned pedal cars. The oldest vehicles are from 1908. Take the kids to the miniature car section where there are more than 5,000 model vehicles and toys. 

Reims is surrounded by Champagne houses. Plan to visit a few. The oldest house in existence, Ruinart, has produced the sparkling wine since 1729. Explore the art and exquisite design of this famous champagne house. Take a tour in English of the Mumm Champagne House to learn about the production process and sip a few glasses in a tasting. Browse part of their collection of 25 million bottles of champagne in the cellar. Spend some time at the Veuve Clicquot-Ponsardin to see their champagne operations and products.

It is easy to reach Reims, which is just 80 miles (129 kilometers) northeast of Paris. Before you depart, tour the sixth-century Tau Palace. Admire its baroque architecture and relax in the picturesque grounds as you look back on your sojourn in this scenic and historic city.

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