The Top 10 Things To See And Do In Reims, France

Photo of Madeleine Bazil
9 February 2017

From its origin, founded by the Gauls and later conquered by the Romans in the third century, to its present day position as the capital of the Champagne wine region, Reims has a rich history. Here are ten of the unmissable sights and activities to do in this Northeastern French city.

Reims, France | © David/Flickr

Visit the Cathédrale Notre Dame

This Gothic cathedral, built in 1211, features stained glass windows, a 12-petaled rose window, a Gothic organ case, and an astronomical clock built in the 15th century. Numerous French kings have been crowned at this UNESCO World Heritage Site; perhaps most the most famous event at the cathedral was the coronation of Charles VII in 1429.

Cathédrale Notre Dame, Place du Cardinal Luçon, Reims, France, +33 3 26 47 55 34

Learn about Champagne at the Taittinger HQ

The headquarters of these Champagne producers lies just a short bus ride to the southeast of the city center. Tour the cellars, some of which are located in Roman stone quarries dating back to the 4th century, and others which were excavated in the 13th century by Benedictine monks. Of course, don’t leave without enjoying a taste of Taittinger’s bubbly at the end.

Maison de ChampagneTaittinger, 9 Rue Saint-Nicaise, Reims, France, +33 3 26 85 45 35

Take in history at the Musée de la Reddition

As the name suggests, this museum focuses on the German surrender in World War II, and is housed in the building in Reims where US General Eisenhower made his temporary base. Visitors can see the Allied battle maps still hanging on the walls, as well as exhibits of military photos, artifacts and a short film.

Musée de la Reddition, 12 Rue du Président Franklin Roosevelt, Reims, France, +33 3 26 47 84 19

Eat at Le Millénaire

Chef Laurent Laplaige serves up seasonal and fresh French delicacies with a contemporary twist at this elegant place, one of Angers’ many delicious restaurants. Order à la carte, or opt for a set menu, and don’t miss the starter of crab and cucumber with lime, wasabi jelly, and a chilled lemongrass lobster broth.

Le Millénaire, 4 Rue Bertin, Reims, France, +33 3 26 08 26 62

Check out Place Drouet d’Erlon

This pedestrian-only main square in the heart of the city is a prime location for some food, a drink, some shopping, or a bit of sightseeing. In addition to an assortment of bars, restaurants, cafes, and shops, the square is also home to the Église St-Jacques, a medieval parish church, which is worth a view.

Marché de Noël sur la Place Drouet d’Erlon | © Tangopaso/WikiCommons