Top French Cities - Reims at a glance

Press release

For more information, visit the Reims Tourism Office at www.reims-tourism.com.

City region: Champagne / Grand Est

Population & what they are called: 186,971 inhabitants (2014 census), called Rémois

Access from Paris:

  • by road: about 1 h 30 min (90 miles) via the A4 autoroute de l'Est

  • by train: about 45 minutes by TGV from the Gare de l'Est

Famous native daughters & sons:

  • Patrick Poivre d’Arvor, television journalist and writer

  • Kyan Khojandi, actor

  • Pauline Ferrand-Prévot, world champion cyclist

Most distinctive and/or unique fact or trait (or little known fact):

  • Reims was more than 80% destroyed in World War I, but rebuilt in less than 10 years by more than 400 architects.

  • A bottle of champagne is opened every 10 seconds.

Notable sites:

  • Cathédrale de Notre-Dame de Reims – for more than 1,200 years the place where the kings of France were coronated

  • Porte Mars – a beautifully preserved Roman gate

  • Fort de la Pompelle – tells the story of how the Great War fashioned today's Reims

Top annual events:

  • La Magnifique Society Festival – electro-pop music festival (lamagnifiquesociety.com)

  • Les Flâneries Musicales – a month-long series of classical concerts (flaneriesreims.com)

  • Les Fêtes Johanniques – two days of public holiday in the atmosphere of the Middle Ages to celebrate Joan of Arc (reims-fetes.com/fetes_johaniques.php)

Most notable museums:

  • Palais du Tau – a palace used as the residence of the kings during their coronations (palais-du-tau.fr/en/)

  • Musée des Beaux-Arts – five centuries of painting, sculpture, furniture and art objects

  • Musée Saint-Rémi – set in the royal abbey of Saint-Remi with historic objects from the city's past

Culinary specialties:

  • jambon de Reims – made from pork shoulder that is brined, cooked in stock, seasoned, pressed into molds and then coated in breadcrumbs

  • gingerbread – baked out of rye flour and buckwheat honey

  • biscuits roses – the famous pink biscuit, one of the oldest in France

Local wines & spirits:

  • champagne – Reims is a center of champagne production, home to the headquarters of large champagne-producing houses, many open for tasting and tours

  • Bouzy rouge – light red wine that gives pink champagne its color

  • ratafia – a fortified wine made from leftover champagne pressings

Shopping:

  • Rue de Vesle – the main commercial street

  • Grande Boutique du Vin – a comprehensive inventory of more than 150 types of champagne (vinscph.com/en/)

  • Maison Fossier – has produced the famous pink biscuit for more than 260 years (fossier.fr/en/)

Most popular night spots:

  • La Loge – food and relaxing dinner music that gives way to a full-blown night club

  • Le Clos – excellent wine bar with a sizable courtyard

  • Le Wine Bar – a relaxing bar with more than 500 wines and champagnes

Local population’s favorite activities (or hangouts):

  • Coulée Verte – a green corridor for jogging and cycling

  • Parc de la Patte d’Oie or Parc Léo Lagrange – green spaces that lend themselves to relaxation

  • Montagne de Reims – the vineyard-covered hill south of town, a hiker's paradise of gorgeous forests and numerous wine villages, like Verzenay and its Vine Museum

Local industries:

  • champagne – it is impossible to separate Reims from its champagne heritage

  • bioeconomy – agriculture and its ancillary industries, including the industrial development of agricultural resources

In Pop Culture:

  • local musicians – Reims natives include Yuksek, an electronic music producer, remixer and DJ; and The Shoes, an electro-rock duo

  • Expérience Pommery – modern art exhibitions in the chalk galleries and cellars of the prestigious

Contact

Marion Fourestier
Atout France-The France Tourism Development Agency
New York, 10022
United States
2127450967