Attractions

Top Choice Cathedral in Reims

Cathédrale Notre Dame

Imagine the egos and extravagance of a French royal coronation. The focal point of such bejewelled pomposity was Reims’ resplendent Gothic cathedral, begun in 1211 on a site occupied by churches since the 5th centur…
Top Choice Basilica in Reims

Basilique St-Rémi

This 121m-long former Benedictine abbey church, a Unesco World Heritage site, mixes Romanesque elements from the mid-11th century (the worn but stunning nave and transept) with early Gothic features from the latter …
Top Choice Cathedral in Troyes

Cathédrale St-Pierre et St-Paul

All at once imposing and delicate with its filigree stonework, Troyes' cathedral is a stellar example of champenois Gothic architecture. The flamboyant west façade dates from the mid-1500s, while the 114m-long inter…
Top Choice Street in Épernay

Avenue de Champagne

Épernay’s handsome av de Champagne fizzes with maisons de champagne (Champagne houses). The boulevard is lined with mansions and neoclassical villas, rebuilt after WWI. Peek through wrought-iron gates at Moët’s priv…
Top Choice Museum in Reims

Palais du Tau

A Unesco World Heritage Site, this lavish former archbishop’s residence, redesigned in neoclassical style between 1671 and 1710, was where French princes stayed before their coronations – and where they threw sumptu…
Top Choice Area in Troyes

16th-Century Troyes

Half-timbered houses – some with lurching walls and floors that aren’t quite on the level line many streets in the old city, rebuilt after a devastating fire in 1524. The best place for aimless ambling is the area b…
Top Choice Winery in Reims

Taittinger

The headquarters of Taittinger are an excellent place to come for a clear, straightforward presentation on how Champagne is actually made – there’s no claptrap about ‘the Champagne mystique’ here. Parts of the cella…
Top Choice Winery in Épernay

Moët & Chandon

Flying the Moët, French, European and Russian flags, this prestigious maison offers frequent one-hour tours that are among the region’s most impressive, offering a peek at part of its 28km labyrinth of caves (cellar…
Gallery in Troyes

Musée d’Art Moderne

Housed in a 16th- to 18th-century bishop’s palace, this place owes its existence to all those crocodile-logo shirts, whose global success allowed Lacoste entrepreneurs Pierre and Denise Lévy to amass this outstandin…
Museum in Troyes

Maison de l’Outil et de la Pensée Ouvrière

Worn to a sensuous lustre by generations of skilled hands, the 11,000 hand tools on display here – each designed to perform a single, specialised task with exquisite efficiency – bring to life a world of manual skil…