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Reims in 3 Days: a guidebook for getting the most out of your visit

From its impressive cathedral to its vibrant culinary scene, the city offers a kaleidoscope of breathtaking experiences and here I help you optimize your itinerary for the perfect weekend getaway.

Carla Yaquer

Carla Yaquer

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Reims in 3 Days: a guidebook for getting the most out of your visit

Streets of Reims | ©Adian

Reims is a city bursting with energy and character, and three days is barely enough to scratch the surface of all it has to offer, whether you're a history buff or a foodie, especially champagne lovers, there's something for everyone here. So get ready to lose yourself in the stunning architecture, welcoming people and lively atmosphere that make Reims such a special place.

And, as you stroll through its streets and explore its hidden gems, take a moment to appreciate the legendary champagne that flows through its veins, reminding us that life is meant to be celebrated. Embrace the spirit of Reims and indulge in its endless charms with this 3-day itinerary with maps so you won't miss any of the best things to do and see in Reims.

Day 1: Explore the northern part of downtown Reims

Getting to know Reims| ©Patrick Nouhailler
Getting to know Reims| ©Patrick Nouhailler

In the heart of this picturesque region of Champagne-Ardenne lies charming Reims, famous for its cultural and architectural monuments, its extraordinary gastronomy and, of course, for being the French city of consecrations and champagne bubbles.

So, let's go in parts, the first day of your tour I propose a 9-stop walk through the emblematic places of the unofficial land of champagne. The route covers a radius of 2.5 kilometers that you can follow with this map. It is quite simple and you can do it on foot, by bike or by public transport. Also, if you feel like getting to know each place in detail, you can sign up for a private tour of Reims. That said, let's get started!

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The Tau Palace

A must-see is the Palais de Tau, former residence of the archbishops of Reims where the Museum of the Work of Notre-Dame is currently located and where the banquets commemorating the consecrations are held.

This impressive building is both historic and visually stunning. It boasts a collection of unique objects that reveal the city's past, including one of the largest tapestry collections in the world, making it one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the Gallic area.

The Carnegie Library of Rheims

The Carnegie Library, funded by Scottish-American philanthropist Andrew Carnegie, was built in Art Deco style and features impressive decor evoking the golden age of the United States in the 1920s.

This public library is part of a group of some 2500 Carnegie libraries that were built in the 19th and 20th centuries. In addition to being a place for reading and study, the Carnegie Library exemplifies Carnegie's legacy and his commitment to education and access to information for all.

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The Cathedral of Reims

The Cathedral of Notre-Dame de Reims, better known as the Cathedral of Reims or the Cathedral of Notre-Dame, is one of the most beautiful cathedrals in France. Despite being overshadowed many times by its Parisian sister, it boasts historical value, as all French kings were crowned here.

The interior is notable for its nave lighting and exquisite 13th century stained glass windows. The axial chapel displays blue stained glass windows designed by Marc Chagall and magnificent sculptures of angels with their wings outstretched to embrace the city.

Visit the Cathedral of Notre-Dame, a magnificent building built in the 13th century. It is one of the country's most impressive masterpieces of Gothic architecture that was rebuilt in record time after the devastation of nearly 80% of the city during World War I. It is also a testament to the skill and skill of the city's architects. It is also a testament to the skill and talent of the craftsmen who created it with intricate carvings and stunning stained glass windows that will take your breath away.

La Place royale

Place Royale| ©ritsch48
Place Royale| ©ritsch48

The Place Royale, built in 1757, was built in honor of Louis XV, as its central monument created by Jean-Baptiste Pigalle in 1765 lets you know. This square of typical 18th century architecture features arcades and roofs with horizontal balusters.

In the background, the pediment of the former Hôtel des Fermes, now the seat of the deputation, refers to the commercial activities of Reims. Passing through this point is quick, but the monument is worth enjoying.

The cryptoporticus

The cryptoportico, located in the sacred area of the forum, has a monumental semi-underground portico surrounding it. After various archaeological studies on the arched adobes of the building, specialists are inclined to think that the point of origin of this monument dates back to the 1st century AD.

Although its exact function is unknown, there are several theories suggesting that it could have been used as a meeting place, debate, promenade or covered market in connection with the nearby stores. What is known is that its entrance indicates a different use than the surrounding architecture, and its height of over 5 meters makes it an impressive structure, worthy of being incorporated into your memories of your trip to Reims.

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The Musée-Hôtel Le Vergeur

The history of the Musée-Hôtel Le Vergeur dates back to the 13th century, when markets were held in the Forum. The vestiges of the Gallo-Roman forum can still be seen today. The hotel's two levels of vaulted cellars indicate that it was once used for the Champagne still wine trade.

In 1895, Count Werlé, president of the House of Veuve Clicquot-Ponsardin, gave the property to one of his partners who restored the great Gothic hall. The Hotel le Vergeur then took the name of Maison Champagne Couvert. It later became the home of photographer Hugues Krafft and today houses a rich art collection in its museum.

The Hôtel de ville of Reims

Hôtel de Ville, Reims| ©Ian
Hôtel de Ville, Reims| ©Ian

Next up is another photo stop, this time at the Hôtel de ville de Reims. This is a place that combines history, culture, and architectural beauty. Since its construction in 1499, this majestic building has been the seat of municipal institutions and remains an important symbol of the city.

With its square design and symmetrical wings, this hotel encloses a central courtyard, where the statue of René de Saint-Marceaux, representing the vine and the champagne foam, is located.

The Boulingrin district

It's time for lunch and on the way to your next stop you pass through the beautiful and trendy Boulingrin district, the place for art deco, street art and gastronomic escapades.

Here you can try specialties such as the orange rind cheese produced in Langres or the creamy Chaource, similar to the popular Camembert in any of its gourmet stores. In addition, the charcuterie Bruno Herbin, ranked as one of the best in the country, offers the best Reims Ham in the region, thanks to its secret combination of Provençal herbs. And let's not forget the variety of restaurants you will find around. Take your time and recharge your batteries.

The Mars Gate

The Porte de Mars in Reims is an impressive historical monument worth visiting. Thirty meters wide and more than 12 meters high, the gate remains almost intact despite its history dating back to the 2nd century. The four arches that compose it represent the four entrances to the city of Durocortorum, the ancient name of Reims.

In addition, the interior of the arches is beautifully decorated and features a figure of the she-wolf suckling the twin founders of Rome, Romulus and Remus. Around the park where it is located, there are other sites of interest such as the Fountain of the Hautes Promenades.

This is the perfect place to end the afternoon, and best of all, there is also a good offer of terraces and bars where you can go for dinner and enjoy a good champagne.

Day 2: Wineries and vineyards in Epernay and Hautvillers

Vineyard in Epernay| ©gasdub
Vineyard in Epernay| ©gasdub

The second day of your trip I propose one of the best day trips from Reims to visit the vineyards of Epernay and Hautvillers.

In this case the stops will vary depending on the operators, however, they often have some points in common: they last between 7-8 hours, they cover the most famous vineyards in the area, they offer a service with lunch and transfers included and of course you will be able to taste champagne, long live champagne! The highlights of each village are:

Epernay

Unofficially known as the champagne capital thanks to the abundance of Champagne Houses, as well as its enviable location south of the Montagne de Reims, or Reims Regional Natural Park, the first stop is Épernay, where the aroma of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grapes permeate the atmosphere.

Epernay is one of the three main cities of Champagne, in eastern France. The walk begins along the Avenue de Champagne, a place that receives its name for housing the cellars of the famous champagne brands such as: Pol Roger, Boizel, Perrier Jouët and, of course, Moët & Chandon. This is the area where you will taste champagne.

In addition to the wineries, a path of vineyards and stops in the so-called champagne terroirs, along the way you will also find several monuments dedicated to the precious liquid, as well as the monk who revolutionized the champagne industry in the seventeenth century, Dom Perignon, whose history you will learn about.

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Hautvillers

Hautvillers is the former capital of the Champagne region and a must for anyone who wants to learn more about this famous drink. In this area you discover much of the history of the champagne tradition around the Basilica of Saint-Sindulphe, where the Abbey of Hautvillers is located and where the remains of the cellar master Dom Pérignon rest.

There are also a variety of iconic sites and family-owned vineyards such as Champagne Joseph Desruets.

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Day 3: Explore the cellars of the southern part of Reims and its natural lung

Champagne Park| ©jeremy.wanderscheid
Champagne Park| ©jeremy.wanderscheid

With so much to see and experience in a single day, it's no wonder Reims is often referred to as the "City of Kings." Now that you've done a day of wine tourism, there are still other monuments and emblems of the city to see, this time heading south. To say goodbye to Reims, I propose a walk through 5 must-see sights in Reims.

As always, here is a map with the 3.4 kilometers of the day's tour.

Champagne Park

The Champagne Park is a natural lung of Reims that the locals call their precious oasis of tranquility.

Located in the heart of the Champagne wine region, it covers an area of 8 hectares with numerous walking trails through the vineyards, picnic areas, a beautiful botanical garden, a lake, monuments and even a dog park. This is a perfect place to enjoy the natural beauty of the region.

Vranken Pommery Winery

Champagne Vranken is a family-owned winery located in the iconic Villa Demoiselle, an area of the city that is itself a masterpiece of Art Deco and Art Nouveau.

The winery offers guided tours of its subway cellars, where you can learn the secrets of champagne making and taste it. A unique experience for lovers of the Gallic emblem in a stunning historical setting.

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Cave Taittinger

Cave Taittinger is another winery worth visiting because it is much more than a champagne cellar, it is a dream destination that combines history, tradition and art. The guided tour of its impressive subway cellars is an experience that has transported visitors to another time and place since the 18th century when it opened its doors as a visitor center.

However, the history of these cellars dates back to the 4th century to extract chalk. 900 years later, they became the cellars of the abbey of Saint-Nicaise and later cellars, crypts and vaults were created to store the champagne wines marketed by the Benedictine monks. The magical atmosphere is complemented by the tasting of its most exquisite champagnes, and the beauty of the city of Reims is the backdrop.

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Passing through Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin

Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin| ©Nan Palmero
Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin| ©Nan Palmero

A visit to Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin is an unforgettable experience in the world of champagne. This winery, with more than 200 years of history, offers guided tours of its subway cellars, where you can discover the process of making champagne and its historical legacy.

The tasting of their most exclusive champagnes, including the famous Yellow Label, is the highlight of the visit. In addition, their commitment to sustainability and innovation is exemplary. A must-see when visiting the champagne capital of the world.

Butte Saint-Nicaise Park

Before heading to your next stop, you can stop for lunch, although let's be honest, winery tastings usually include deli dishes, especially their famous Reims ham, as well as the famous orange rind cheese, so, you'll probably just be craving something light.

You have options like Le Jardin Restaurant with dishes to suit all tastes. Also take the opportunity to try the famous "Biscuits Roses", before entering the Parc de la Buttle Saint-Nicaise, a historical and natural treasure that offers spectacular views of Reims and its vineyards. Discover the rich history of this medieval fortification.

Its history is intimately linked to the city's motto "God on guard". On the first day of your 3-day itinerary you visited the northern fort, "La Porte de Mars", now you bid farewell to the city with the southern point of the 4 monuments that make up the belt of forts of Reims since 1870, the Parc de la Butte Saint-Nicaise.

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