Reims is an exceptional city for more than one reason. The sacred city of kings has strong ties with the history of France

and harbours many monuments and sites whose reputation has reached far and wide.

Reims, a town of art and history, is the location of many UNESCO World Heritage sites: Notre-Dame Cathedral and the Palais du Tau, a museum where visitors can see the cathedral’s treasures on display, the Basilica and the Museum-Abbey of Saint-Remi, dedicated to the bishop who baptised Clovis. Stroll around its streets, day or night, where countless, sites, monuments and museums recount the city's history from the times of the Gallic Empire to the Art Deco years. Savour the world of Champagne and its gastronomy!


Here you can find 150 miles of Gallic-Roman cellars and chalk mines to explore. Also visit the famous houses, estates and wine merchants along the Champagne Trail. Or let the city’s shows, festivals and other events set the pace to your stay.


Yet Reims Champagne stretches beyond its urban boundaries and also boasts the Regional Nature Park, with its famed twisted beech trees (Faux de Verzy), a regional nature park dotted with charming winegrowing villages. The soul of the Champagne region is probably here. Or maybe at the heart of its Romanesque churches... Wherever you go, you will be amazed by the beauty of nature, the enchanting harmony and the winegrowers' warm welcome.

A few steps from there, Fismes lies on the border between Reims and Soissons. The town often basked in the prestige of the Kings of France who would pass through Fismes en route to the coronation city of Reims. Thanks to the popularity of green tourism, Fismes provides the perfect balance of town and country, the green belt of Champagne. It is also the birthplace of Uderzo, father of the celebrated Asterix and Obelix.

 

Basilique Saint Remi - Ph. Maille

The Hunchback of Notre Dame...

Should we be thrilled or ashamed ? Deaf, one-eyed, hunchbacked
and limping, the Quasimodo character would have been inspired by
the bell-ringer of the Abbey of Saint-Remi.

Victor Hugo, who came to Reims in 1825, is said to have been
incredibly impressed by the subordinate's misshapenness.
Later, while in the Folle Peine street, he would have caught
sight of a delightful girl looking like a gypsy.
In 1831, the musician monster and the dancing sorceress became the contradictory heroes of "The Hunchback of Notre-Dame".

 


For more information


Reims Tourist Office - 03 26 77 45 00 - www.reims-tourisme.com

Fismes Tourist Office - 03 26 48 81 28 - www.fismes-tourisme.com