Reims is a historically rich city whose landscape is strewn with age old buildings, churches and medieval architecture. The city will appeal especially to people who love to indulge in French history, art and architecture. There are impressive monuments, elegant public squares, and stylish restaurants. The city is renowned for its pivotal attraction which is Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Reims. Other top attractions include: Palais du Tau (Archbishops' Palace), Basilique Saint-Rémi, Musée des Beaux Arts, Musée Saint-Rémi, and Musée Hôtel Le Vergeur. For those who are thinking of things to do in Reims in context of modern history, then you should visit the famous Musee de la Reddition, a place where the German General Jodl announced unconditional surrender on May 7, 1945, ending the war. The building has been preserved in its original condition and gives visitors a vivid impression of the historical events. For people who wish to do something exciting in Reims, they can attend various musical festivals throughout the year such as the Reims Jazz Festival held at the Opera House and other venues.
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What to Do in and around Reims
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Maison Notre Dame (opposite the tourist office)
3, Rue Guillaume de Machault, 51100 Reims
07:30 am - 07:30 pm
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 history of coronation of the French kings. Ensure this as the first spot of visit during your stay in Reims. The place attracts pilgrims, Christians and tourists from all over the world. The Cathedral towers shall unfold breathtaking views of Reims. Do look at Cathedral’s largest bell, the Emmanuel Bell. A visit to this Cathedral shall definitely make you experience sublime and tranquillity.
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5 Place General Gourard, 51100 Reims
09:30 am - 07:00 pm
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 its ancient Roman caves, art nouveau tasting rooms and a never-ending magnificent staircase down into the chalk caves. Built by Madame Pommery in the 19th century, the building is structured in Elizabethan style. It was under her entrepreneurship that Pommery attained a phenomenal repute and recognition in champagne history. A typical Pommery product is light and fresh, somewhat dry and steely, made up of young fruit, which can take several years aging in bottle to round out before its true potential shines through.
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9 pl. St-Nicaise, F-51100 Reims
09:30 am - 05:30 pm
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 tastes better as it ages. The tour is also available in English as it takes you inside the caves and to the tasting rooms. This tour will definitely gratify your senses. Taittinger, indeed, stands for the tradition of Reims. Wine has its own story to narrate and it does so in such historic cellars.
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12 Rue Franklin Roosevelt, 51100 Reims
10:00 am - 06:00 pm
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 World War II in Europe. This museum displays a political and historic combination of films, photographs, press cuttings and models pertaining to WWII. There is a Map Room, where the signatures of surrender took place. The bulletin inside, displays the casualty reports and the supplies arrived. One is immediately reminded of the destruction enveloped in such wars.
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2 rue Guillaume de Machault 51100 Reims
09:00 am - 07:00 pm
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 beautiful historical site, you can also procure information on champagne cellars, vineyards, architectural heritage. The staff at the tourism office will guide you during your stay in Reims. Moreover, it offers discovery of Reims tour, ride on tourist train, audio tour and bus tours.
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Place de la Republique, 51100 Reims, France
12:01 am - 12:00 am
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 borrows its name from Roman God of Valour-Mars and exhibits elaborate carvings on its exterior and on the ceilings of its corridors. The arch reminds us of the glory as well as the fall of the greatest empires of the human history- Rome. According to the local folk history, the arch was constructed by the inhabitants of Reims in order to express gratitude to Romans.
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14, rue du Moutier, Reims
12:01 am - 12:00 am
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 otherwise a historical location. The circuit was a Grand Prix motor racing road course, situated 7.5 km west of Reims. Presently, it is a triangular layout incorporating public roads between the villages of Thillois, Gueux and La Garenne. It enjoys the repute to be the fastest for its two long straights allowing a great speed.
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Place du Chanoine Ladame, 51100 Reims, France
02:00 pm - 06:30 pm
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 the 11th century and incorporates within itself distinguishable Romanesque columns, archs and windows. The Abbey is named after 5th century Saint Remi who was considered to be the patron Saint of the citizens of Reims: surviving the destruction of WWI, the monument is the oldest Church in Reims. Even though, parts of this Abbey have seen ruined because of the bombings, yet the structure has been meticulously preserved and adds itself as an attraction to French tourism.
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33 Rue du Champ de Mars, 51100 Reims, France
02:00 pm - 06:00 pm
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 Catholicism is known for his Romanesque architectural designs, stained glass windows, sculptures, iron work etc. According to the sources, he himself painted the frescoes on the interior walls of the Chapel, when he was 80 years of age. The elaborate artwork inside includes Our Lady of the Grape Harvest in honour of the Virgin Mary. The French government has declared it as a historical monument in 1992.
The Chapel is situated inside the premises of Mumm Champagne house.
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36 Place du Forum, 51100 Reims, France
02:00 pm - 06:00 pm
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 tourists. Understandably, the visitors are able to make a rendezvous with the French ways of living. The building is named after Nicolas Le Vergeur, this museum exhibits the works of Asia and East of the 19th century which were collected by Hugues Krafft (the one who owned this hotel from 1909 to1935) during his numerous trips abroad.
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2 place Carnegie, 51100 Reims
10:00 am - 07:00 pm
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 library. The library was built by the donated money of businessman and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie to the city of Reims after the World War I. The library was designed by Sainsaulieu who built it as a temple dedicated to knowledge. In order to enter, the visitor needs to climb few stairs, symbolizing his/her elevation to knowledge. The engraved motto of the library reads in Latin “Educunt Fructum Folia” which means “flowers lead to fruit”.
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2 Place du Cardinal Lucon, 51100 Reims, France
09:30 am - 05:30 pm
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 of France before they progressed towards their coronation in Notre Dame. It was the abode of Archbishop of Reims and later gave way to displaying statuary and tapestries from the Cathedral, along with reliquaries which together formed an ensemble d king’s coronation. Along with Notre Dame Cathedral, the Palace shines prominently as the UNESCO World Heritage Site.
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8 Rue Chanzy, 51100 Reims, France
10:30 am - 06:00 pm
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 kept in a chronological order and adhere to their thematic relevance. Prominently known for its paintings, the museum houses Flemish, Dutch, French schools and modern artists’ works. Connoisseurs of art shall definitely be stupefied by the range of artistic displays available under one roof.
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12 rue Marx Dormoy, Reims
09:00 am - 06:00 pm
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 of the 16th century. There are enchanting stained glass windows which were created in 12th century by a Czech painter, Joseph Sima, and Maria Elena Vieira da Silva, one of the leading artists of the School of Paris.
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84 avenue Georges Clémenceau, 51100 Reims, France
10:00 am - 06:00 pm
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 displayed in a chronological fashion. The collection goes back to 1908 till today, making a voyage down the pages of history. The museum also retains some of the models which had been produced in just a few copies- for example, SCAR Witry-les-Reims, and many brands: Sizaire Berwick in 1910, Dr. Alba Coupe of 1919 Citroën 11 AL 24 or Panhard. One can also spot rare motorcycles - Alcyon, Condor, DKW, Terrot - and nearly 110 pedal cars.