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 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 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…
Gallery in Reims

Musée des Beaux-Arts

Lodged in an 18th-century abbey, this museum's rich collection stars one of four versions of Jacques-Louis David’s world-famous The Death of Marat (yes, the bloody corpse in the bath-tub), 27 works by Camille Corot …
Market in Reims

Halles du Boulingrin

The vaulted Halles du Boulingrin were a symbol of Reims’ emergence from the destruction of WWI when they began service as the city’s main food market in 1929. Following a major restoration project, the Halles were r…
Museum in Reims

Musée de la Reddition

The original Allied battle maps are still affixed to the walls of US General Dwight D Eisenhower’s headquarters, where Nazi Germany, represented by General Alfred Jodl, surrendered unconditionally at 2.41am on 7 May…
Museum in Reims

Musée St-Rémi

Housed in a 17th- and 18th-century abbey, this museum homes in on local Gallo-Roman archaeology, 16th-century Flemish tapestries, medieval sculpture and 16th- to 19th-century military history. The centrepiece is the…
Historic Site in Reims

Porte de Mars

For a quick trip back to Roman Gaul, check out the massive Porte de Mars, a three-arched triumphal gate built in the 2nd century AD. The gate was undergoing total renovation at the time of writing and was expected t…
Statue in Reims

Joan Of Arc Statue

A strangely expressionless statue of Joan of Arc, raised high on a rearing horse and bearing a sword, graces this square facing the cathedral. The so-called Maid of Orléans stood alongside Charles VII for his corona…