Reims is known for two things: its Cathedral and Champagne. It’s true they describe well the city’s landmark. However, there’s more to the city than that. It’s a human-sized small city that mixes medieval and modern well as you walk its streets and districts. It’s only 1h30 away Paris and if you’re driving North-East then Reims is on your way.
Here are 5 beautiful photos that will make you want to visit the city of kings of France.
The abbey of Saint-Remi was built in the sixth century and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The venue is big and hosts a baroque music festival in August every year.
If you’re an Art Deco lover, then you have to visit the Carnegie Library of Reims. The library was built after World War I with the money of Andrew Carnegie. The luxury building features some beautiful mosaics and Art Deco stained glass.
A walk on rue Colbert will lead you straight to the city hall.
Many champagne houses to visit in Reims. Champagne Taittinger is one of them. They are located South-East of the city center.
Your walk will end with the Reims Cathedral.
Located in the city centre at 43 Boulevard Foch, Côté Cuisine (33 3 26 83 93 68) took us by surprise. The quality of service and food struck us as much as the beautiful settings. The staff was wonderful and showed a lot of care to our 3-year old. The 3 or 4 service menu featured classical French cuisine.
Although Reims is a small city, hotels can be expensive in the downtown core. You can avoid big brands and go for an apartment hotel. Appart’City has two locations in Reims. One in the city centre and another one in the Parc des Expositions.
- The greater Reims area has more than 1,000 champagne producers. Don’t hesitate to venture into the countryside and visit smaller producers.
- You can drive easily in Reims and parking meters are very reasonable (2 euros per hour is maximum you’ll pay).
- Don’t be surprised in the evening as the city quiets down real quick after 6 pm.