Top 10 attractions in Reims
Reims and the Champagne region offer a multitude of assets.
Discover an exceptional heritage, including several UNESCO sites and its rich local culture.
Jewel of the Gothic art
Any visit to Reims includes the Notre-Dame cathedral. Its beauty is unanimous. And for good reason, it is an architectural jewel inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage list.
Larger than Notre-Dame de Paris, it also presents an exceptional statuary. 2,303 sculpted figures adorn its facades. Biblical scenes, a gallery of kings, a bestiary, gargoyles, so many stories to tell for the guides who make you discover it.
The king of wines
How to talk about Reims without mentioning the most prestigious wine in the world, champagne. A symbol of celebration, success and sharing, champagne is omnipresent in Reims.
From the cellars of the great houses to the vineyards of the Montagne de Reims, live a unique experience to discover champagne. Discover the secrets of its history, its elaboration and taste the pleasure of its tasting
The treasure of the cathedral
Palace of Tau
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When the kings of France went to Reims for their coronation, they stayed there for several days. It was in the Tau Palace, the archbishop’s residence located next to the cathedral, that they settled. It is also where the post-consecration festivities were celebrated.
Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1991, the palace now houses an exceptional museum whose collections trace the history of the cathedral and the royal coronations.
An unknown splendor
Former Saint-Remi Abbey
The old Saint-Remi abbey, also listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is composed of 2 sites to visit: the basilica and the historical museum. Both are worth a visit, about 20 minutes walk from the cathedral. Several bus lines also allow you to get there in less than 5 minutes.
The basilica is sumptuous. Its interior, mixing Gothic and Romanesque styles, is full of spirituality.
The museum, whose rich collections are installed in different rooms of the Benedictine abbey, traces the history of Man from prehistory to the Renaissance.
The image of the renewal of Reims
The First World War devastated Reims. Throughout the conflict, the city was bombed, the cathedral was burned and its houses almost completely destroyed.
It was then necessary to rebuild everything. Thus, in the 1920s and 1930s, architects were able to give free rein to their imagination to create a new city.
The downtown area is full of buildings from this period which give it a special charm.
A preserved tradition
The Pink Biscuit
With its pink color and its white coating, the pink cookie of Reims is recognizable of all. It has been the pride of the people of Rémois for centuries and can be enjoyed without moderation, with a glass of Champagne or cooked in desserts, from charlotte to verrines.
The Fossier house is today the representative of this tradition of the cookie, which took this atypical color simply to mask the black particles of vanilla which come to perfume it.
The pleasure of the taste buds
The Art of Living in Reims
Gastronomy is part of the soul of Reims. From the Halles du Boulingrin, where the largest market in the city is held, to the cobbled streets of the city center, there is no shortage of good addresses.
Chocolate makers, restaurant owners, butchers, cheese makers… Many craftsmen allow Reims to represent the French gastronomy with dignity.
Excellence as a legacy
The great restaurants
The city of Reims has 5 Michelin-starred restaurants:
Le Grand Cerf and its chef Dominique Giraudeau and Le Foch and its chef Jacky Louaze, each have 1 star in the prestigious guide.
Philippe Mille, chef of the Domaine les Crayères, is a double starred chef. His cooking sublimates the work of the local producers with whom he works and maintains very strong links.
The restaurant Racine and its chef Kazuyuki Tanaka also holds 2 stars thanks to its innovative cuisine that brilliantly mixes Asian inspirations and French haute cuisine.
Finally, Arnaud Lallement, chef of the Assiette Champenoise, was honored in 2014 with his third star. The year before, he was elected cook of the year by the Gault et Millau guide.
His restaurant is ranked in the top 5 restaurants in the world in 2022.
Nature in Reims
In addition to its hundred or so parks and gardens, Reims benefits from its close proximity to the surrounding countryside, the champagne vineyards and the Reims Mountain Regional Nature Park, which are accessible without a car, by train or by bicycle.
The Coulée verte, a vast green strip crossing the city from northwest to southeast, follows the course of the Vesle and the Aisne-Marne canal. It is a very popular recreational area for walkers, joggers and cyclists.
The Montagne de Reims Regional Nature Park, a mecca for hikers located at the gates of the city, was created in 1976. It includes the spectacular site of the Faux de Verzy.
A major city in the history of France, Reims has also been marked by world conflicts.
During the First World War, the city was heavily bombed and the surroundings of Reims were the scene of confrontations of which the numerous military cemeteries preserve the trace.
Later, it was in Reims that the German capitulation was signed, which put an end to the Second World War, on May 7, 1945. The surrender room is still visible today.