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Reims

 

 

Location: Champagne- Ardenne   Map

 

 

 

Description of Reims

Reims is a French town which is located in the department of the Marne in the region East Grand . With 183,113 inhabitants (called Rémois and Rémoises ) in 2016, Reims is the twelfth largest city in France by its population. It is, however, that the 29th French urban area with 320 276 inhabitants in 2014 (spread over 230 common). As for its urban unit, it brings together 210,995 inhabitants in 2013 out of seven communes: Bétheny , Saint-Léonard , Taissy , Cormontreuil , Tinqueux , Saint-Brice-Courcelles and Reims.

 

Reims, City of Art and History opens to you with its unmissable sites classified as World Heritage by UNESCO: the Notre-Dame Cathedral and the Palais du Tau, museum of the work of the cathedral, the basilica and the Saint-Remi Abbey Museum, dedicated to the bishop who baptized Clovis. Stroll along the streets, day and night, many sites, monuments and museums bear witness to the history of Reims, from the Gallo-Roman era to the contemporary era, through the Art Deco style. Savor the world of Champagne and its gastronomy. 250 kilometers of Gallo-Roman cellars and piers are open to you. Visit the prestigious houses, properties, cellars through the Champagne Tourist Route. Come vibrate to the rhythm of its animations, shows and festivals.

 

Reims, the home of champagne (the most celebrated and celebratory wine in the world), is the main city of the Champagne area. It is a charming city, and one that the French hold dear to their hearts. There stands one of the most beautiful buildings of the Middle Ages in Europe, one that is filled with history: almost all French kings were crowned there for about 1,000 years. Most of the old houses were destroyed during World War I, and the city was extensively rebuilt in the 1920s in an Art Deco style.

Reims, Épernay and Ay are the main places of champagne production. Many of the largest champagne producing houses, referred to as les grandes marques, have their head office in Reims. Most are open for champagne tasting and tours by appointment only. Champagne is aged in the many chalk caves and tunnels, some originating in the Roman period, located deep inside the ground.

The city centre is fairly small and easily walkable, with many streets for pedestrians only, mainly in the shopping area.

Reims Touristic Office, 6 Rue Rockefeller, ☎ +33 3 26 77 45 00.

 

Travel Destinations of Reims

Cathedrale Notre- Dame (Reims)

Palace of Tau (Palais du Tau) (Reims)

Basilica of Saint Remi (Basalique St.- Remi) (Reims)

Museum of Saint Remi (Musee St- Remi) (Reims)

Musee de la Reddition (Reims)

 

Cryptoportique (Reims)

Porte Mars (Reims)

Ancient College des Jesuites and Planetarium (Reims)

Musee des Beaux Arts (Reims)

Fort de la Pompelle (Reims)

Basilica of Saint Clotilde (Reims)

 

 

 

 

Get in

By car
A4 from Paris or Strasbourg
A26 from Lille or Lyon
A34 from Belgium.

By train
1 Reims Ville Station (Tram A, B - Gare Center) - at the junction of the Lille - Dijon - Mediterranean and Paris - Charleville - Sedan lines. There are 12 daily connections Paris - Reims (in 48 minutes by TGV).

2 Champagne-Ardenne TGV Station (Tram B - Champagne TGV Station) - in Bezannes, 10 minutes from Reims (40 minutes from Paris by TGV). It is possible to connect the city center of Reims by TER from this station.

 

Since the high speed train line has been opened, Reims is linked not only to Paris, but also to major cities in the country: Lille, Bordeaux, Nantes, Strasbourg, ... Charles de Gaulle Airport is only 30 minutes away and offers good connections to the South-East (Lyon, Avignon, Marseille, Nice, Montpellier). Trains to cities other than Paris leave from the brand new Champagne-Ardenne TGV station, located just outside the city. This station is connected to the central station through bus and local train. When booking your ticket, check the station you'll be arriving to or leaving from as many people get mixed up and miss their train

Although one can get cheaper tickets if travelling on the regular train lines (with a change of trains in Épernay), it will take over 2 hours and one might get a much better deal buying a TGV ticket a few weeks in advance.

By plane
3 Airport - Paris-Vatry (IATA : XCR) - at 70 km from Reims.

 

 

Get around the city

While the centre is fairly compact and easy to get around by foot, if you want to go further afield then try the buses. They're very reliable, run regularly, and despite local complaints, good value at €1.55 to go anywhere. If you intend to use them a lot, buy a carnet of 10 tickets from bars, tabaco shops or newspaper shops. single tickets can be bought on the bus but make sure you have the right amount. You can also buy day tickets which are interesting if you take the bus at least 4 times during the day Reims Public transportation website

Taxis are reasonable (about €2 a mile) but you can't hail them and they have to be booked in advance, which can be difficult if your French isn't above conversational level.

With TGV a day trip to (or from) Paris is possible (it takes 45 minutes). Be aware you have to book in advance, but at least you can do this in English online at oui.sncf.com.

 

 

 

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