The stunning Palace of Tau, or Palais du Tau, is a national monument in France. Parts of it, including the Palatine Chapel and Tau room, date from as early as the 13th century. The history of the Palace is inextricably linked with the coronation of France’s kings pre-Revolution, since it was here that the coronation banquet was held. The Palace is open all year round and is just as beautiful on the outside as it is on the inside, where you’ll find historical artifacts such as Charlemagne’s talisman and the Sainte-Ampoule, used in the coronations of France’s 32 monarchs.
Reims’ Villa Demoiselle is worth a visit as much for the stunning art-déco interior and exterior as for the 5,800m² of gardens and vineyards that surround it. The villa was built from 1904 to 1908 and really is a breathtaking example of art-déco and art-nouveau design based on plans by architect Louis Sorel. Villa Demoiselle was recently restored by skilled builders and craftsmen. You can take a guided tour of the rooms and the grounds to truly appreciate the work that went into its restoration. A visit to the Pommery champagne cellars next door is also highly recommended.
The Museum of Local Aeronautics, or the Musée de la Base Aérienne 112 at de l’aéronautique locale, may not be huge but it’s a must visit for anyone with a keen interest in aeronautics. The museum, which traces the history of military and civilian flying in the region over the last 100 years, is made up of eight halls and a 150 square meters exhibition space containing documents, objects and models. There are a number of planes on show outside the main building which illustrate the advances made in both military and civilian flying at this aviation hub in Bethény, just a few minutes away from Reims.