15 Best Things To Do in Reims, France

Reims in France is rich in history and had been an important city since the reign of ,Roman Empire. Reims was the traditional site for the crowning of the kings of France and holds great importance in the modern history too. Reims and Champagne are inseparable and most of the premier Champagne brands are housed here making it one of the economically significant cities in France. Here are the top 15 things to do in Reims, France.

1. Climb up the steps of the Cathédrale Notre Dame

This UNESCO Heritage site is a bejeweled pompous Gothic cathedral that stands magnificently against the test of time. The rainbow of stained glass used in the windows, the 12-petalled great rose window and the Gothic organ case topped with the statue of Christ and many other splendid pieces of art and architecture lavishly adorn this cathedral. You can also climb the 250 steps up this royal cathedral on an one-hour tour.

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2. Experience the days of WW I at Museum Pompelle Fort

This renovated fort museum contains a rich collection illustrating the memories of World War 1. The museum has a scenography of events that happened at the northeast of France from 1883 to present day. The collection at the museum include the objects that the soldiers used in the day-to-day life like uniforms and Fiese Helmets which tell us the of the World War I and the hardships that the soldiers experienced. If you are history lover, this place is definitely for you!

3. Visit the Palace of Tau

The Palace of Tau became a UNESCO Heritage Site along with the Cathédrale Notre Dame in 1991. The palace was used as the residence by the kings of France before their coronation took place in the nearby Cathédrale Notre Dame cathedral. The king was dressed for the coronation at the Palace of Tau before heading to the cathedral. After the coronation, a banquet used to be held at the Palace of Tau. The Gothic architecture of the palace is mesmerizingly beautiful and attracts 100,000 visitors each year.

4. View Saint Remi's relics at Abbey of Saint-Remi

This UNESCO heritage site in Reims is an abbey which preserves the relics of Saint Remi, the Bishop who converted Clovis, King of the Franks to Christianity after he defeated the Alamanni in the Battle of Tolbiac. The 12th century stained glass still remain beautifully adorning the abbey while most of the valuable objects from the abbey were looted during the French Revolution. This place is sure to make you drop dead with its splendour.

5. Ramble through the Montagne de Reims Regional Natural Park

This protected area in France is a range of hills covered by vineyards producing the country's famous Champagne. This Natural Park covers about a whopping 50,000 hectares and is absolutely a nature lover's delight to ramble through the fresh air and green cover. This Bucolic parkland is a wonderful place for a picnic with family or friends.

6. Learn the vintage cars at Musée Automobile Reims Champagne

This motor museum in France, founded in 1985 is the fifth largest in the country with about 200 cars dating from 1908. The museum is airy and huge and houses a wide range of rare and vintage cars, motorcycles and miniatures. A few of the cars from the museum's envious collection include  Amilcar, Berliet, Chenard-Walcker, CIME, Citroën, DB, De Dion-Bouton, Delage, Delahaye, Panhard, Peugeot, Renault, Salmson, Simca and Talbot.

7. Seek blessings at Foujita Chapel

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The Foujita Chapel or the chapel of Our Lady Queen of Peace is a small chapel that was built by the artist Tsuguharu Foujitha after he decided to follow Roman Catholicism. The chapel's walls are adorned by his religious frescoes paintings in hues of blue, green, brown and yellow. This Chapel was listed as French historic monument in 1992 and this place is sure to awaken the artist in you!

8. Learn the significance of Fort de la Pompelle

The Fort de la Pompelle is one of the many forts built around Reims as a part of the fortification around the city built between 1880 and 1883. The fort saw heavy bombardment during First World War and still remains in a ruined state. The fort was inaugurated as a museum in 1972 and has some rare collection of German army headgear, beer stein, small swords of the German kingdom and Conon de 155 mm GPF.

9. Check the Porte Mars

This third-century arch stands tall at 13 meters high and 32 meters long. This is one of the ancient Roman triumphal arches and the interior and exterior of its walls are beautifully carved! The arch is currently under renovation and please check with your tour operator before visiting this place.

10. Visit the Musée de la Reddition

This museum stands exactly in the place where Germany's official surrendered at the end of World Wars II. The surrender  was officially signed in the Reim's Lucee Franklin-Roosevelt on May 7, 1945.  The building was later turned into a museum after 40 years and contains photographs, framed newspapers and medals from the remarkable date in history. The room where the document was signed stands untouched till date. Visiting places of such historic importance should be a lifetime experience for anyone.

11. For the bibliophile in you : Bibliothèque Carnegie

Bibliothèque Carnegie is a library in Reims that contains rare medieval manuscripts, books that were printed before 1501 and numerous other historical books. The architecture of the library is stunning and the geometrical railings in the Salle du Catalogue draws the reader's attention. Do not miss the lantern and the fountain in the hall!

12.  Champagne Tasting Tour at Champagne Houses

A trip to Reims is incomplete without a trip to the  Champagne Houses. Most of the popular ones that are open to visitors are  Mumm, Veuve Clicquot-Ponsardin, Taittinger and Ruinart. Maison Ruinart is the pioneer producer in Reims and is protected as an historical site. In all these units, you can walk down into the huge man-made chalk tunnels where the ideal temperature and humidity are maintained for the world's best champagne to be fermented. The authentic Reims thing ever can be Champagne tasting right at the place where they are produced!

13. Tour the Musée-Hôtel le Vergeur

This striking little museum in Reims is worth a visit. The architecture is splendid and the museum is furnished with antique furniture from different periods making the place take back in time. A guided tour at the museum lets you get more insight on the collection of decorative arts and engraving!

14. Stroll through the Parc Léo Lagrange

This sprawling park with thick green cover is a perfect place to stroll, relax and unwind. It is calm and is beautifully landscaped with a pool. There are a good number of activities for kids and a skatepark. If you would like to take a break from the noisy city on a sunny day, head to this park in Reims!

15. Get blessed at Église Saint-Jacques

This is the church where bishop Saint Remi baptized and opened "the doors of the faith" to Clovis, the king of France who decided to follow the Roman Catholicism after he won the battle. This famous monument in Reims is dedicated to Mother Mary. The coronation of many French kings has happened in this cathedral and it feels divine when you visit this place.

Author: Arundhati Bhand
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  1. Notre Dame Cathedral

    # 1 of 90 Things To Do in Reims | Added 1862 times in trip plans
    Notre Dame Cathedral

    Address: Maison Notre Dame (opposite the tourist office) 3, Rue Guillaume de Machault, 51100 Reims

    Timings: 07:30 am - 07:30 pm Details

    Reims is symbolised by Notre Dame Cathedral, a monumental Gothic structure known for its history and architecture. It reminds one of the Westminster Abbey in London, Britain, as it entails a long hist...Read more

  2. Champagnes Pommery

    # 2 of 90 Things To Do in Reims | Added 1303 times in trip plans
    Champagnes Pommery

    Tags: Winery, Tourist Center

    Address: 5 Place General Gourard, 51100 Reims

    Timings: 09:30 am - 07:00 pm Details

    No visit to Reims can be consummated without visiting this estate which offers its tourists, an exquisite wine. Apart from its repute as a winery, the estate stands unique in architectural design with...Read more

  3. Taittinger Cellars

    # 3 of 90 Things To Do in Reims | Added 645 times in trip plans
    Taittinger Cellars

    Tags: Winery

    Address: 9 pl. St-Nicaise, F-51100 Reims

    Timings: 09:30 am - 05:30 pm Details

    Taittinger Cellars tell a long history of wine. Established in 1734, this huge estate possesses 250 ha of vineyards. Millions of bottles lay here since ages in the pyramid shapes. As they say, wine ta...Read more

  4. Museum Of Surrender

    # 4 of 90 Things To Do in Reims | Added 588 times in trip plans
    Museum Of Surrender

    Tags: Museum, History Museum, Natural History Museum

    Address: 12 Rue Franklin Roosevelt, 51100 Reims

    Timings: 10:00 am - 06:00 pm Details

    Located within the close proximity of Porte Mars, this museum holds a historical significance as it was the site where the Germans under General Jodl surrendered before General Eisenhower, during the ...Read more

  5. Reims Tourism Office

    # 5 of 90 Things To Do in Reims | Added 1329 times in trip plans
    Reims Tourism Office

    Tags: Educational Site

    Address: 2 rue Guillaume de Machault 51100 Reims

    Timings: 09:00 am - 07:00 pm Details

    Adjacent to the Notre Dame Cathedral, Reims’s Tourist office is an attraction in itself. It is an apparently half destroyed building which was earlier a cellar. Along with visiting this beautifu...Read more

  6. Porte Mars

    # 6 of 90 Things To Do in Reims | Added 1238 times in trip plans
    Porte Mars

    Tags: Architecture

    Address: Place de la Republique, 51100 Reims, France

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    The triumphal arch of the Roman Empire, the site symbolises its glory, aura and the reign.Considered to be the widest arch in the roman architecture, it dates back to the third century AD. The site bo...Read more

  7. Circuit De Reims-gueux

    # 7 of 90 Things To Do in Reims | Added 919 times in trip plans
    Circuit De Reims-gueux

    Tags: Entertainment, Adventure, Adventure Sport

    Address: 14, rue du Moutier, Reims

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    Reims takes you into a pilgrimage of another kind- automobile and racing. The motor enthusiasts shall certainly love this place as they shall be able to encounter adventure in a place which is otherwi...Read more

  8. Abbey Of Saint Remi

    # 8 of 90 Things To Do in Reims | Added 577 times in trip plans
    Abbey Of Saint Remi

    Tags: Church, Monument

    Address: Place du Chanoine Ladame, 51100 Reims, France

    Timings: 02:00 pm - 06:30 pm Details

    This Abbey of Saint Remi boasts of a sublime interior which measures over 120 metres in length and 58 metres in width, and the central nave is as high as 28 metres. This Gothic structure was built in ...Read more

  9. Foujita Chapel

    # 9 of 90 Things To Do in Reims | Added 207 times in trip plans
    Foujita Chapel

    Tags: Church, Religious Site

    Address: 33 Rue du Champ de Mars, 51100 Reims, France

    Timings: 02:00 pm - 06:00 pm Details

    Originally named as The Chapel of our Lady of Peace, the site is better known as Foujita Chapel as a dedication to the Japanese born French artist Leonard Foujita. Foujita, who converted himself to Ca...Read more

  10. Musee Hotel Le Vergeur

    # 10 of 90 Things To Do in Reims | Added 467 times in trip plans
    Musee Hotel Le Vergeur

    Tags: Hotel, History Museum, Historical Site

    Address: 36 Place du Forum, 51100 Reims, France

    Timings: 02:00 pm - 06:00 pm Details

    This site encloses a series of period rooms such as kitchen, smoking room and Napoleon Third’s bedroom along with certain engravings by Albrecht Drer. The Renaissance facade enchants the tourist...Read more

  11. Bibliotheque

    # 11 of 90 Things To Do in Reims | Added 551 times in trip plans

    Tags: Art Museum, Art Gallery, Arts And Crafts, Exhibition

    Address: 2 place Carnegie, 51100 Reims

    Timings: 10:00 am - 07:00 pm Details

    Well known for its extraordinary Art Deco structure, this Carnegie Library of Reims(known as Bibliotheque Carnegie de Reims in French) is a heritage building along with serving as a reading public lib...Read more

  12. Palace Of Tau

    # 12 of 90 Things To Do in Reims | Added 245 times in trip plans
    Palace Of Tau

    Tags: Historical Site, Monument

    Address: 2 Place du Cardinal Lucon, 51100 Reims, France

    Timings: 09:30 am - 05:30 pm Details

    Palace of Tau is yet another historical monument which graces the landscape of Reims. In fact, Palace of Tau shares its history with Notre Dame Cathedral as it served as the residence of the monarchs ...Read more

  13. Museum Of Fine Arts

    # 13 of 90 Things To Do in Reims | Added 274 times in trip plans
    Museum Of Fine Arts

    Tags: Art Museum, Art Gallery

    Address: 8 Rue Chanzy, 51100 Reims, France

    Timings: 10:30 am - 06:00 pm Details

    The museum (Musee des Beaux Arts) is an abode for the artistic pieces and paintings. These artefacts belong to Europe’s major artistic movements ranging from 16th to the 20th century. They are k...Read more

  14. Eglise St-jacques

    # 14 of 90 Things To Do in Reims | Added 187 times in trip plans
    Eglise St-jacques

    Tags: Church

    Address: 12 rue Marx Dormoy, Reims

    Timings: 09:00 am - 06:00 pm Details

    One of the most ancient preserved church in Reims, the structure was built in 12th century. This church incorporates a sober blind breakthrough three portals facade, a 12th century nave and sanctuary ...Read more

  15. Reims Champagne Automobile Museum

    # 15 of 90 Things To Do in Reims | Added 228 times in trip plans
    Reims Champagne Automobile Museum

    Tags: Automobile Museum

    Address: 84 avenue Georges Clémenceau, 51100 Reims, France

    Timings: 10:00 am - 06:00 pm Details

    This place is for people who love to explore the dynamics of automobile (who doesn’t!). A visit to this automobile museum will take you down into the history of cars and bikes as they are displa...Read more

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  • Coopérative des Vignerons d'Hautvillers

    chemin des Garennes

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    5 boulevard Desaubeau

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  • Circuit de Reims-Gueux

    route Départementale 27

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  • Villa Douce

    9 boulevard de la Paix

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    4 boulevard Henry Vasnier

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    1 rue du Pont Paquis

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    rue Saint-Julien

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  • MEGAZONE Laser Games Reims

    157 avenue du Champ Paveau

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    route de Berru

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    16 rue Nicolas Appert

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  • Le Carnot

    5 rue Carnot

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    1 place Auban Moet

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  • Vogue Urban Clubbing

    93 boulevard du Général Leclerc

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  • The Glue Pot

    49 place Drouet d'Erlon City Centre

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  • Gin Pamp

    14 rue Théodore Dubois

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    17 rue Lesage

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    3 avenue du President Kennedy

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    8 rue Charles Clotaire Foulon

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  • Centre Paiement Loto National

    49 rue Pasteur la Neuvillette

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    17 rue Lesage

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  • FDP

    32 avenue Hoche

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  • Parc Naturel Régional de la Montagne de Reims

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  • La Coulée Verte

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  • Terres et Eaux

    7 rue Rayet Lienart

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  • Au Vairon

    76 Bis rue Gambetta

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    1 rue de l'Étang

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  • Pascal Peche

    51 boulevard Charles Arnould

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  • Maison Forestiere de Germaine

    8 rue Croix Verte Vauremont

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    quartier Fleurus

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    Foret de Brise Charrettes

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  • Stade Auguste Delaune

    33 Chaussée Bocquaine

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    route de Bezannes

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    25 rue Raymond Poincaré

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    avenue de l'Europe

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    boulevard des Phéniciens

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