The Reims Rundown
In the Champagne-Ardenne region of France, Reims is a city with a history that dates back to the Roman Empire. Its rich cultural past has created stunning architecture and attractions that visitors today can enjoy. The Notre-Dame de Reims is grand structure that held the coronation of kings and is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, along with the Palais du Tau and the former Royal Abbey of Saint Remi adjacent to the Saint Remi Basilica. The Place Drouet d'Erlon, a plaza square located in the city centre, contains beautiful statues and fountains and is lined with restaurant and bars where you can sit alongside locals to enjoy a glass of wine and French cuisine. You should visit the Porte de Mars, an imposing archway, which is Reim’s oldest structure and makes for great photographs. The Musée des Beaux-Arts displays beautiful collections of classical European artwork of famous masters. There are wineries around Reims, which offer tours and wine tasting. The Celliers Ruinart allows visitors to see the winery and the caverns.
When To Go
Reim’s winters can be cold, whilst spring brings warmth and flowers. Summer is warmer, and the autumn season brings cooler temperatures. There is more rain in the winter than in the summer. Even though the temperatures are fairly moderate, those who travel to Reims should focus more on the city’s attractions, as opposed to the weather.
- Winter (December through February): Average temperatures range from 2-7°C (35-44°F)
- Spring (March through May): Average temperatures range from 4-20°C (39-68°F)
- Summer (June through August): Average temperatures range from 13-25°C (55-77°F)
- Autumn (September through November): Average temperatures range from 5-21°C (41-69°F)
- Cathedral of Notre-Dame de Reims
- Palace of Tau
- Basilica Abbey of Saint-Remi
- Musée des Beaux-Arts
- Musée-Hôtel Le Vergeur
- Musée des Temps Barbares
- Joan of Arc Festival
- Reims Jazz Festival
- Reims Scènes d’Europe Festival
- Champagne House Tours
- Château de Condé
By car, Reims is located 30 minutes from the Paris Roissy International Airport and approximately two hours from the Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris. Driving or taking the train from either airport to the city is easy.
Once you are in Reims, you can rent a bike, take public transportation, take a taxi or drive a car. Trans Champagne operates the bus system in the region. There are also many tours you can take to view the city and the surrounding countryside. Hiring a bike allows you to see great views of the city.
- Paris Roissy International Airport or Charles de Gaulle Airport
- Trans Champagne operates the bus system
- Easy drive from Paris or train directly from Paris
Reims General Information
The bubbly hub of Champagne-Ardenne lures waves of oenophiles and connoisseurs of France’s famous flagship wine throughout the year. Though not the capital of the venerable region - that title belongs to tidy Châlons-en-Champagne - Reims is, nonetheless, the most important city in Champagne-Ardenne and a mere 140 km from Paris.
Champagne is far from the only claim to fame in Reims, though the plethora of top-brand producers and indeed, ancient labyrinthine wine cellars below the city, may suggest otherwise. The city, for one, has three UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the Cathedral of Notre-Dame de Reims, Palace of Tau, and Basilica Abbey of Saint-Remi. Together, the venerable landmarks form a formidable trio and the backbone of tourism to Reims. As the traditional coronation site of the kings of France, Notre-Dame de Reims is incomparable and as a result, draws up to half a million visitors every year. The cathedral is well over one-thousand years old and was built on the site of a basilica that dates back to the late 5th century. Other than Notre-Dame, the Palace of Tau and Basilica Abbey, worthwhile points of interest in Reims include the Musée des Beaux-Arts, Musée-Hôtel Le Vergeur and Foujita Chapel.
Restaurants & Nightlife
- Le Pré Carré
- Le Foch
- La Table Anna
- Brasserie du Boulingrin
- Le Jamin
- Le Tigre
- The Glue Pot
- James Joyce
- Le Soft
- Pop Art Café
Reims has a temperate climate, with mild winters and warm summers.
- Winter (December to March) 0-10°C
- Spring (April to May) 4-18°C
- Summer (June to August) 11-24°C
- Fall (September to November) 2-21°C
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