France Travel Planner by Tom Brosnahan & Jane Fisher   Reims, France Guide
Besides the world's most premium sparkling wine, the capital of the Champagne region also has a deep history, wonderful architecture, and a lively small-city ambience.



Reims, 144 km (90 miles) northeast of Paris in the Champagne-Ardenne region of France, is the unofficial champagne wine capital of the world.

The largest city in the region, it is still a delightfully manageable place. If you can walk for an hour, you can see almost all of it on foot, including its great Cathédrale de Notre-Dame de Reims, the neighboring archbishop's palace now a museum called the Palais de Tau, the Roman Porte Mars monumental arch, and the Musée de la Reddition where German military commanders signed documents of unconditional surrender ending World War II in Europe.

You can easily visit Reims, sample the wines of its great champagne wineries, and return to Paris the same day, although an overnight excursion or, for true champagne lovers, several nights, is much better. More...

Heavily damaged by bombing in World War I, Reims was rebuilt extensively after the war in Art Deco style during the 1920s and 1930s.

If you're a devotee of this style, you'll revel in Reims' street after street of great public buildings and small residences in artful Art Deco—the style of the jazz age.

The Grand Théatre, which is just around the corner from the Cathédrale, is an example of Art Deco:

Reims Grand Théatre, France

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Cathédrale de Notre-Dame de Reims, Champagne, France

Above, Cathédrale de Notre-Dame de Reims.

Below, The Roman Porte Mars, Reims, France.


Mars Gate, Reims, France



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