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If you appreciate history and good wine, you must visit Reims. As the centre of France's most famous winemaking district – the region that manufactures champagne – Reims is a major cultural and economic hub. Spend a weekend here to unwind, savour a drink, and get a sense of the city. You can book your Reims car hire in advance with Enjoy Travel for a smooth trip.
Guide to Reims
Reims is in the Marne department, which encapsulates much of northeastern France’s vineyards. The city is located on the banks of the Vesle River.
Climate in Reims
Reims’ proximity to the Atlantic Ocean gives it a temperate climate with comfortable summers (May-August) and cloudy, cold winters (November-February). Visit in the autumn, when the crowds are smallest and the foliage is most beautiful.
The name Reims is derived from the Remi, a Gallic tribe conquered by the Roman empire. In ancient times, the fort of Durocortorum stood where Reims now stands. In fact, some of the wine cellars in the city date back to this period.
Things to do in Reims
Visit historic monuments
Start by visiting the Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Reims, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that presents the pinnacle of Gothic architecture in its stained-glass windows and 2000+ statues. Among its many paintings are those of Dom Perignon, the monk rumored to have invented champagne. Fans of Roman history should then head to the Porte de Mars, once the widest triumphal arch in the Roman empire. Try and identify some of the gods and goddesses carved into its stone.
Take a champagne tour
How could one come to Reims and miss out on the champagne? Every popular champagne brand has an office here, from Veuve Clicquot to Tattinger, Ruinart and Mumm. On a champagne tour, you will visit the ancient tunnels and caves in which the liquor is aged – and you’ll probably get a few tastes too.
Explore the various museums
Like most French cities, Reims has a number of museums for you to explore. We’d suggest the Musée Automobile Reims Champagne, which traces the history of automobiles in France. This building displays over 250 old vehicles, including some from long-gone companies, and 7000-odd miniatures.
Eating out in Reims
Reims has a number of fine dining options, of which we’d recommend L’Assiete Champenoise – a 3-star Michelin restaurant that offers creative dishes like lemon caviar and creamy nage. If you’ve had a long day out, head to Brasserie le Boulingrin, which is quite close to the cathedral and other historic sites. The restaurant is very proud of its potato gratin. For a splash of Franco-Japanese fusion, try the sashimi at Eat Sushi, and for North African food, head to Le Riad and order the lamb tagine.
The easiest way to reach Reims is by flying to one of Paris’ five airports and then taking a bus or taxi from there. The closest airport to Reims is Aeroport Paris Vatry Airport (XCR), which is about 55 kilometres away.
Getting around Reims
Reims has not only buses but also an excellent tram system, taxis and a waterway. While in the historic quarter, though, you’ll want to walk around to be fully immersed in the place. Many tourists also opt to hire a car to give themselves greater flexibility and comfort. Some of the most reliable car hire agencies in Reims include Enterprise, Europcar, and Hertz.
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