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Things to do in Reims

Things to do in  Reims

Welcome to Reims

The unofficial capital of the Champagne region, Reims has luxury in its regal veins, not to mention bubbly. Many of the world’s top Champagne houses—including the likes of Ruinart, Veuve Clicquot, and Pommery—are headquartered here, and descending into their UNESCO-listed, Roman-era chalk cellars (some up to 131 feet, or 40 meters, deep) for a degustation session is among the top things to do in Reims. The High-Gothic Reims Cathedral, where French kings were once crowned, is another unmissalbe UNESCO-listed site, although don’t leave without indulging in a fine-dining experience, complete with flutes of local fizz.

Top 7 attractions in Reims

Reims Cathedral of Notre Dame (Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Reims)

One of France’s greatest Gothic masterpieces, the Reims Cathedral dates to the 13th century and is hallowed as the coronation site of many French kings. The UNESCO-listed landmark—recognizable for its twin bell towers and rose stained-glass window—was shelled during World War I but has since been restored to its former glory.More

Pommery Champagne (Domaine Pommery)

One of the Champagne region’s largest and most influential producers, Champagne Pommery is best known for pioneering the dry, brut-style sparkling wine. Today, Pommery is renowned for its sprawling network of chalk caves and its colorful, Elizabethan-style headquarters.More

Taittinger Champagne House (Maison de Champagne Taittinger)

One of the few Reims Champagne houses to have retained its independence, Taittinger is a popular stop for bubbly enthusiasts. With origins dating to 1734, the family-run winery stores and ages its Champagnes in chaulk vaults that date back to Roman times.More

House of Mumm (Maison Mumm)

Founded in 1827, G. H. Mumm & Cie—one of the world’s largest and most-esteemed champagne houses—is a popular destination for oenophiles who are looking to sample and discover more about France’s world-class bubbly. Taste the winery’s famed Cordon Rouge Champagne and tour its underground caves as you learn the history of the House of Mumm.More

Tau Palace (Palais du Tau)

A former residence for French monarchs, previously occupied by the Archbishop of Reims, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1991, the Tau Palace (Palais du Tau is one of Burgundy’s key historical landmarks. The palace’s name comes from its distinctive “T” shape (tau is the Greek equivalent of “T”, and its history dates back to the 6th century.More

Abbey of Saint-Remi (Abbaye Saint-Rémi)

The picturesque Abbey of Saint-Remi (Abbaye Saint-Rémi)—also known as the Saint-Remi Basilica (Basilique Saint-Rémi)—was founded in the sixth century and offers travelers a classic taste of French religious architecture. Two towering stone spires bookend a regal entryway marked by a round stained glass window dating back hundreds of years. Travelers will find a collection of 16th century tapestries depicting the life of Saint Remi in this spiritual oasis that offers a relaxing escape from the chaos of the city.Visitors love the quiet, spacious interior and agree that Abbey of Saint-Remi (Abbaye Saint-Rémi) never seems to get crowded. Travelers can explore the stark halls and impressive altars while they learn about the abbey’s destruction during World War I, as well as restoration efforts to return the structure to its original Roman Gothic splendor.More


Get your thrills at one of the most popular theme parks in France, Nigloland, which includes rides and entertainment options for visitors of all ages—from roller coasters to animal-themed kiddy rides to puppet shows featuring the theme park’s hedgehog mascot.More

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From Reims full day Veuve Clicquot family grower & lunch
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Reims: Small-Group Champagne Tour with Champagne Tastings and Lunch
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Reims afternoon tour to Epernay region and family growers
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Champagne Small group tour tasting Veuve Clicquot Local Domain
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Reims : morning Champagne Pommery and family grower small group tour
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Ruinart champagne special tour

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Private Full Day Tour - Small Champagne Producers / Growers from Reims
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All about Reims

When to visit

Reims is at its warmest and busiest in summer, when travelers are primed to toast their vacations with ample glasses of Champagne. The deep chalk caves can be pleasingly cooling when temperatures hit highs of 77°F (25°C). But to enjoy a slightly calmer side of Reims and the wider Champagne region, come in autumn to see the vineyards turn golden (though avoid harvest, when many smaller producers may be too busy to do tastings).

Getting around

The Reims Station (Gare de Reims) is the city’s main transit hub, and connects it directly to Paris. Reims has a public transportation network, including trams and buses. Central Reims itself is easily walkable and quite compact, though cars or taxis may be needed to reach some of the outlying Champagne houses or wineries. Guided tours offer an easier way to tour the region’s vinous destinations.

Traveler tips

The Champagne region is dominated by big houses—names such as Veuve-Clicquot, Moët-Chandon, and Dom Pérignon—that are worth visiting, but check out "grower Champagnes," or those made and bottled by independent producers who cultivate the grapes, too. (Most big-name Champagnes are blends of grapes grown by dozens, if not hundreds, of farmers in the region.) Reims’ Trésors de Champagne tasting room brings together 28 regional producers, and offers the chance to try the broad spectrum of Champagnes being made today.

People Also Ask

What is Reims in France famous for?

The city is famous for Reims Cathedral, originally dating from the 13th century. It was heavily damaged in World War I but has been restored and is one of the most elaborate Gothic cathedrals in the country. Reims is in the Champagne region, so the tipples are nice here, too.

Is Reims worth visiting?

Yes, the Reims Cathedral is reason enough to visit. It’s where French kings and queens were crowned in the past. Throw in churches, old palaces, and the labyrinth of Champagne cellars below your feet, and you’ve got a city that’s the perfect retreat.

How do I spend my day in Reims?

Start at the cathedral in the old city and learn about former monarchs who were crowned there. They’re not the only famous people linked to Reims. Quasimodo from Hugo’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame, was purportedly inspired by a bellringer at Saint-Remi Abbey. In the afternoon, book a Champagne tasting.

Is Reims or Epernay better?

It depends on your preferences. Epernay is much smaller than Reims. If you’d like to stay in the heart of the Champagne vineyards and explore them on foot from your accommodation, stay in Epernay. If you prefer a city, with a choice of cuisines, bars, and hotels, opt for Reims.

Is Reims a walkable city?

Yes, the center of Reims is very walkable—you can see some of the city’s top attractions like Palais du Tau, Reims Cathedral, and Porte de Mars without even breaking a sweat. That said, if you want to explore some of the town’s adjacent vineyards, you’ll need to take a car or city bus.

What is there to do in Reims at night?

Reims has plenty of evening entertainment. It’s got a university, and with that comes an abundance of clubs, bars, and food joints. It’s not just about Champagne, either. Reims has a solid beer scene—head to Place Drouet d’Erlon for a choice of watering holes and a young crowd.


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