Bordering the Ardennes and the Aube, the Plaine Champenoise is a vast stretch
of land and important farming centre of France.

The Plaine Champenoise offers many resources thanks to the high quality of its chalky sub-soil. As far as the eye can see, fields of cereal crops, beetroot or alfalfa form a tranquil landscape brimming with contrasting colours.

In the heart of the immense plain stands Châlons-en-Champagne, the “Venice” of the Marne. The town has preserved stunning relics of its religious, Romanesque and Gothic bygone days. Its streets and narrow lanes are lined with example upon example of civil architecture, from timber-frame houses to buildings in the typical Champagne style and classically-fronted properties.

This plain is not only limited to Châlons-en-Champagne. It extends beyond and includes many other sites. The Abbey of l’Epine is also a must-see landmark. Described by Victor Hugo as a "splendid flower of Gothic architecture", the basilica amazes with its two intricately carved spires that stretch heavenwards and rare rood screen.

 

A unique wine cellar...

Buried within chalk tunnels dating back from the Gallic-Roman era,
the Joseph Perrier cellars are a part of local history. The only ones to visit in Châlons-en-Champagne,
they are where wine is fermented, aged and stored.

They consist of two miles of galleries with lancet-shaped vaults
ranging between five and 10 metres in height.

 


For more information

Châlons-en-Champagne Tourist Office – 03 26 65 17 89 – www.chalons-tourisme.com