Awesome things to do in Champagne, France
Known for its stunning sparkling white wine that bears the region’s name, the Champagne region is situated in the northeast of France and offers visitors a wide choice of things to see and do.
Champagne is a historical region with a vast range of attractions, pretty towns and stunning vineyard scenery.
Some of the best things to do in Reims and Epernay include:
A Champagne Wine Tour
Reims and Epernay boast some of the most prestigious Champagne Houses, including Moet Chandon, Taittinger and Veuve Clicquot. Book a tour to include tastings, explore the cellars and discover how the world’s most famous drink is produced. From here you can visit the churchyard at Hautvillers where Dom Perignon is buried.
The Town Hall and Gardens
Visit the stunning Hotel de Ville on the western end of the Avenue de Champagne in Epernay. This neo-renaissance mansion was donated to the town by the Auban-Moet family after the previous building was destroyed in WWl.
The amazing garden is without doubt a highlight and was designed by the Buhler Brothers who plotted gardens across France in the 1800’s. You will find a rockery, a pond, colourful flower beds and a beautiful pavilion.
Epernay’s grand theatre commemorates the actor, Gabrielle-Dorziat who was born in the town and was a famous theatre actor in the early 1900’s.
The theatre was built in the late 19th century in the style of Louis XV neoclassical architecture.
The building survived fires and bombings during the First World War. Today, drama, classical music, jazz, dance and world music all feature here.
Cathedrale Notre Dame
The Notre Dame Cathedral in Reims was built in 1211 and features stunning stained glass windows, a 12-petalled rose window, a Gothic organ case and an astronomical clock that dates back to the 15th century. This UNESCO World Heritage Site has hosted the coronation of many French kings, including that of Charles Vll in 1429.
The Palais du Tau
Another Reims UNESCO World Heritage Site is the Palais du Tau, which is the former residence of the Archbishop of Reims. This beautiful buildings served as a place for French kings to host royal banquets. Today, the Palais is a museum with an incredible range of religious relics and artefacts, tapestries and statues.
Shop at the Halles du Boulingrin
A major food market was opened in Reims in 1929 to mark the recovery of the town after WW1. Totally renovated in 2012, the art-deco style market is a grocery shopping destination, which hosts regular exhibitions and cultural events.
Reims and Epernay Tours
Whatever time of year you are planning to visit Reims and Epernay, you will find a host of Champagne, wine & gastronomy tours, cultural & historic tours and a choice of excellent restaurants and attractions within both cities.
Take your time to explore Reims and Epernay and arrange any tours before you go to make the most of your time in the stunning Champagne region of France.