Liven up your holidays!

Reims

Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Marne

Reims - Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Marne
9.2
9

City of coronations, City of champagne? Reims is eager to unveil the legacy of its glorious history and immerse yourself in the worlds most prestigious and most famous festive wine.

Rich traditions and know-how secular Reims has also become a regional metropolis modern and dynamic thanks to its location at the crossroads of several trans-European routes, with its highly diversified economy and its center of excellence in teaching and research .

Four sites on the World Heritage List of UNESCO, the refined atmosphere of Champagne Houses, a city immersed in an atmosphere imbued with both the elegance of Art Deco facades and streets and relaxed cafes terraces lively program of events rich and varied natural environment where green is king? Reims opens its doors and welcomes you.

A two thousand year history ...

The ancient Reims: According to legend, was created by Reims Remus, the brother of the founder of ancient Rome. The Celtic people who lived in the region have thus taken the name of Remi. Around 80 BC, they established an oppidum they named Durocortero ( "Fortress Round"). After the Roman conquest, Durocortorum is incorporated into the province of Belgium and became the capital. At its peak, with its 30 000 inhabitants, the Gallo-Roman city became one of the more populated north of the Alps.

Around 260 is founded the bishopric of Reims. During the great invasions in 407, Bishop Nicaise is massacred by the Vandals in front of the church he had built. He became the patron saint of Reims.

The baptism of Clovis: The baptism of Clovis, king of the Franks, by Remi, bishop of Reims occurred on Christmas Day 498 in a baptistery whose site is now occupied by Notre Dame. The conversion of Clovis to Christianity, a religion of a church heir of Roman power, allowed him to legitimize its military grip on Gaul then divided.

It was after this baptism, which sealed the reconciliation of Church and State, born as the monarchy of divine right French. It is also thanks to him that Reims become the seat of kings of France.

The city of coronations: In 816 occurred the first Reims royal coronation, that of Louis the Pious. The ceremony, usually five hours long, took place in Notre Dame, since it was built. She continued by the coronation banquet at the Palais du Tau and a pilgrimage to the body of Bishop Remi, in the basilica dedicated to him. The coronation of the most memorable is that of the dauphin Charles VII, to Reims led by Joan of Arc July 17, 1429 after the siege of Orleans. A total of 33 sovereigns have been crowned at Reims, the latest being Charles X in 1825.

In the Middle Ages, Reims prospered by selling her sheets, linens and other textile fairs in the south of Champagne and trade with the Hanseatic League. The rise of champagne, from the reign of Louis XIV, came complete range of its productions.

Two of the most famous children in the city, Jean-Baptiste Colbert, Comptroller General of the King, and Jean-Baptiste de La Salle, precursor of modern pedagogy, Reims born in the 17th century.

The modern Reims: As elsewhere, the industrial revolution overthrew the appearance of the city, which grew from 30 000 to 120 000 inhabitants in less than a century. Rich mansions replaced the houses with wood sides. Some of the first international airshows were held at Reims the early 20th century. Reims is indeed one of the cradles of aviation.

Then came the First World War. On September 4, 1914, a month after the start of hostilities, the German army entered Reims. It was quickly rejected, but she is entrenched in the forts around. Hence, the Wehrmacht bombard the city for 3 ½ years. The cathedral, very hard hit, receiving nearly 300 rounds. The seat will result in the destruction of 80% of the city and killed more than 5 000 people.

The new Reims, which rises from the rubble in the inter-war years through the intervention of 325 architectural firms, has a face full of eclectic in its architecture, marked in particular by the Art Deco style.

The Second World War affected the little town. During the conflict, welcomed the Reims Eisenhower's headquarters. There, May 7, 1945 at 2:41, General Alfred Jodl, commander of the Wehrmacht, signed the unconditional surrender of Nazi Germany. The text, drafted in haste by members of the staff of Eisenhower, was to halt the imminent conflict. It was ratified in Berlin the following day by the heads of allied states.

On July 7, 1962, German Chancellor Adenauer and General de Gaulle sealed at Notre Dame reconciliation between peoples and French and German Reims erected as a symbol of peace between Germany and France.

Geographical information

MunicipalityReims
Postcode51100
Tourism labels
Latitude49.2583290 (N 49° 15’ 30”)
Longitude4.0316960 (E 4° 1’ 54”)
Surface area46.90 km²
Population184652 inhabitants
Density3937 inhabitants/km²
PrefectureChâlons-en-Champagne (48 km, 35 min)
Insee code51454
IntercommunalityCA Reims Métropole
DepartmentMarne
RegionChampagne-Ardenne

Nearest cities & towns

Tinqueux3.5 km (8 min)
Saint-Brice-Courcelles4.1 km (11 min)
Bétheny4.3 km (10 min)
Cernay-lès-Reims6 km (11 min)
Champigny7.7 km (11 min)
Saint-Léonard7.7 km (12 min)
Bezannes7.8 km (15 min)
Cormontreuil8 km (11 min)
Les Mesneux8.1 km (17 min)
Thillois8.2 km (12 min)
Witry-lès-Reims8.6 km (14 min)
Saint-Thierry8.6 km (14 min)
Thil8.7 km (15 min)

Things to see and do

Places of interest

Information points
Leisure centres
Monuments
Performance halls
Transport

Photos

Cathedral
Cathedral
See photo
The Smiling Angel
The Smiling Angel
See photo
Basilique Saint- Remi
Basilique Saint- Remi
See photo
Cryptoportique
Cryptoportique
See photo
Porte de Mars
Porte de Mars
See photo
Joan of Arc
Joan of Arc
See photo
Town
Town
See photo
Hotel du Vergeur
Hotel du Vergeur
See photo
Cathedral
Cathedral
See photo
Place Royale
Place Royale
See photo
Basilique Saint- Remi
Basilique Saint- Remi
See photo
Cathedral Reims ( © JE)
Cathedral Reims ( © JE)
See photo
Cathedral Reims ( © JE)
Cathedral Reims ( © JE)
See photo
Nave of the Cathedral ( © JE)
Nave of the Cathedral ( © JE)
See photo
Colonnades Cathedral ( © JE)
Colonnades Cathedral ( © JE)
See photo
the big rosette ( © JE)
the big rosette ( © JE)
See photo
the smiling angel ( © JE)
the smiling angel ( © JE)
See photo
the smiling angel ( © JE )
the smiling angel ( © JE )
See photo
the smiling angel ( © JE)
the smiling angel ( © JE)
See photo
the smiling angel ( © JE)
the smiling angel ( © JE)
See photo
Focus on smiling angel ( © JE)
Focus on smiling angel ( © JE)
See photo
angel fountain Subé
angel fountain Subé
See photo
Basilique Saint- Remi ( © Jean Espirat )
Basilique Saint- Remi ( © Jean Espirat )
See photo
Nave of the Basilica of St. Remi ( © Jean Espirat )
Nave of the Basilica of St. Remi ( © Jean Espirat )
See photo
Saint- Remi Basilica - South facade ( © Jean Espirat )
Saint- Remi Basilica - South facade ( © Jean Espirat )
See photo
Saint- Remi Basilica - South portal ( © Jean Espirat )
Saint- Remi Basilica - South portal ( © Jean Espirat )
See photo
Saint- Remi - the great rose window west portal ( © JE)
Saint- Remi - the great rose window west portal ( © JE)
See photo
Saint- Remi - Rosette North transept ( © Jean Espirat )
Saint- Remi - Rosette North transept ( © Jean Espirat )
See photo
Saint -Rémi - Columns north side ( © Jean Espirat )
Saint -Rémi - Columns north side ( © Jean Espirat )
See photo
Saint- Remi Basilica - Tomb of Saint Remi ( © Jean Espirat )
Saint- Remi Basilica - Tomb of Saint Remi ( © Jean Espirat )
See photo
Reliquary Saint Remi ( © Jean Espirat )
Reliquary Saint Remi ( © Jean Espirat )
See photo
Stained Glass of Saint- Remi ( © Jean Espirat )
Stained Glass of Saint- Remi ( © Jean Espirat )
See photo
Window of the Basilica of St. Remi ( © Jean Espirat )
Window of the Basilica of St. Remi ( © Jean Espirat )
See photo
Window of the Basilica of St. Remi ( © Jean Espirat )
Window of the Basilica of St. Remi ( © Jean Espirat )
See photo
Stained Basilica Saint- Remi ( © Jean Espirat )
Stained Basilica Saint- Remi ( © Jean Espirat )
See photo
Window of the Basilica of St. Remi ( © Jean Espirat )
Window of the Basilica of St. Remi ( © Jean Espirat )
See photo
Cathedral - Clock chapter ( © Jean Espirat )
Cathedral - Clock chapter ( © Jean Espirat )
See photo
Cathedral - Facade of the south transept ( © Jean Espirat )
Cathedral - Facade of the south transept ( © Jean Espirat )
See photo
Cathedral - Sculptures backhand facade ( © Jean Espirat )
Cathedral - Sculptures backhand facade ( © Jean Espirat )
See photo
Nave of the Cathedral ( © Jean Espirat )
Nave of the Cathedral ( © Jean Espirat )
See photo
South facade of the cathedral ( © Jean Espirat )
South facade of the cathedral ( © Jean Espirat )
See photo
Roman mosaic in the Cathedral ( © Jean Espirat )
Roman mosaic in the Cathedral ( © Jean Espirat )
See photo
Archer on the pediment of the south transept of the Cathedral ( © JE)
Archer on the pediment of the south transept of the Cathedral ( © JE)
See photo
Cathedral - restoration of the facade ( © JE)
Cathedral - restoration of the facade ( © JE)
See photo
Cathedral - South aisle ( © Jean Espirat )
Cathedral - South aisle ( © Jean Espirat )
See photo
Large rosette of the west facade ( © Jean Espirat )
Large rosette of the west facade ( © Jean Espirat )
See photo
Cathedral - Rosette north transept ( © Jean Espirat )
Cathedral - Rosette north transept ( © Jean Espirat )
See photo
rosettes western facade of the cathedral ( © JE)
rosettes western facade of the cathedral ( © JE)
See photo
Stained Glass Cathedral ( © Jean Espirat )
Stained Glass Cathedral ( © Jean Espirat )
See photo
Stained Glass Cathedral ( © Jean Espirat )
Stained Glass Cathedral ( © Jean Espirat )
See photo
Cathedral - Stained choir ( © Jean Espirat )
Cathedral - Stained choir ( © Jean Espirat )
See photo
Stained glass Cathedral ( © Jean Espirat )
Stained glass Cathedral ( © Jean Espirat )
See photo
Cathedral - Stained north transept ( © Jean Espirat )
Cathedral - Stained north transept ( © Jean Espirat )
See photo
Cathedral - Gargoyle North facade ( © Jean Espirat )
Cathedral - Gargoyle North facade ( © Jean Espirat )
See photo
Cathedral - Gargoyle North façade ( © Jean Espirat )
Cathedral - Gargoyle North façade ( © Jean Espirat )
See photo
Cathedral - Gargoyle North façade ( © Jean Espirat )
Cathedral - Gargoyle North façade ( © Jean Espirat )
See photo
Cathedral - Gargoyle North façade ( © Jean Espirat )
Cathedral - Gargoyle North façade ( © Jean Espirat )
See photo
facade of the Cathedral of the court order ( © Jean Espirat )
facade of the Cathedral of the court order ( © Jean Espirat )
See photo
Nonprofit right of the cathedral ( © Jean Espirat )
Nonprofit right of the cathedral ( © Jean Espirat )
See photo
Nonprofit left of the Cathedral ( © Jean Espirat )
Nonprofit left of the Cathedral ( © Jean Espirat )
See photo

Weather

Saturday 18 april
Min. 8°C - Max. 14°C
Day
Night
Sunday 19 april
Min. 7°C - Max. 17°C
Day
Night
Monday 20 april
Min. 6°C - Max. 18°C
Day
Night

Visits, leisure and activities nearby

Leisure activities

Last nameActivity typeRateCity
Gourmet getaway in the vines
Local flavours33 € to 120 € Trigny (11 km)
Guided eco-tour of the Aÿ-Champagne vineyard
Local flavours35 € Ay (23 km)
Canoe kayak on the Marne
Sports sensations12 € to 26 € Tours-sur-Marne (25 km)

Outings

Last nameOuting typeDifficultyDurationDeparture municipality
Sorcy Wood
Mountain bike itineraryEasy1h30Écordal (50 km)
Pâquis Loop
HikeEasy2h30Vouziers (51 km)
Hidden Treasures
HikeEasy1h30Château-Thierry (51 km)

Restaurants

Bed & breakfasts

Vacation rentals

Hotels