City summary: Reims

Press release


Three Cs – cathedral, coronations and champagne – are the three pillars of primary interest when visitors come to Reims. The powerful Gothic cathedral is what hits home first. Nearly destroyed by two world wars, it now stands proudly restored as the UNESCO World Heritage Site of more than 1,000 years of coronations, the place where 34 sovereigns were officially anointed. All wrapped in an extensive carpet of vineyards that produce the world’s supply of champagne. It’s a magical place, rounded out by Roman remains, art-deco buildings, four Michelin-starred restaurants and a nearby hiker's paradise of gorgeous forests and numerous wine villages.

Fun Facts

  • 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.

Significant Site

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

Extraordinary Exhibit

Palais du Tau: a palace used as the residence of the kings during their coronations

Delectable Delights

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

  • champagne: Reims is a center of champagne production, home to the headquarters of large champagne-producing houses

Legendary Local

Pauline Ferrand-Prévot: world champion cyclist who, in 2015, became the first person in the history of cycling to simultaneously hold the World road title, World cyclo-cross title and World mountain bike title

Also in the Area

  • Fort de la Pompelle: this 1880 fort now houses a World War I museum of military uniforms, weapons, canons and hats

  • Le Phare de Verzenay: the lighthouse the furthest from the sea, surrounded instead by grapevines and site of a vine museum

  • Faux de Verzy: the largest concentration of beech trees – rare trees, with twisted, knotted branches – anywhere in the world

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

For more about what to see and do in and around Reims, including on the “Design & Romance” itinerary, visit