In the heart of Marne, a visit to Reims reveals the traces of heritage going back a thousand years. From your hotel, head to the cathedral — an emblem of the city. Coronations for no fewer than 32 kings have been held there. Francis I and Louis XIV are among them. It is for this reason that Reims is also known as the ‘the Coronation City’ or ‘City of Kings’. Just next door, the sumptuous Palais de Tau was where the kings stayed for their coronations. After you’ve seen these two landmarks — both listed as UNESCO world heritage sites — continue on to city hall, the Reims Opera House, and the region’s Champagne houses.
Head out of your hotel room, and disappear into the streets of Reims — it’s time to explore. The cathedral, Palais du Tau, city hall and Reims Opera House are all good places to get your first glimpse into the city. To get further acquainted with the royal city, check out the Musée des Beaux-Arts and the Musée de la Reddition, commemorating the end of World War II on May 7, 1945. Looking for sightseeing that’s off the beaten track? Then look no further, and head to the Verzenay Lighthouse and Vineyard Ecomuseum. After learning about the vineyards of Champagne, the panoramic views of the city are the cherry on the cake. If you’re not yet ready for the experience to end, stay at one of the Champagne houses for a tasting.
A whole host of family-friendly activities are available within easy reach of your hotel, to fill your stay with marvelous memories. Budding artists will particularly enjoy a trip to the FRAC (regional collection of contemporary art) that has been set up in the former Jesuit College. Or maybe your kids have got their heads in the stars? If so, head straight for the planetarium. For petrol heads, meanwhile, the Reims-Champagne Automobile Museum and the local aerospace museum are perfect. Not far from Reims, leisure and nature parks offer the chance for a break from city life in the fresh air.