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14 Things to Do in Châlons-en-Champagne

Up-to-Date 2024  –  By Culture Francia Team

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What to See & Do

Ay Overall Appeal ★★☆☆☆

  Name Appeal Type Visit Cost
01 Town Center ★★★☆☆ Walking Around Self Free
02 Notre-Dame-en-Vaux Church ★★★☆☆ Church Self Free
03 St. Etienne Cathedral ★★★☆☆ Cathedral Self Free
04 Eau’dyssée ★★★☆☆ River Boating Guided Paid
05 Champagne Carbot ★★☆☆☆ Museum + Tastings Guided Paid
06 Marché Couvert ★☆☆☆☆ Food Market Self Free
07 Fine Arts & Archeology Museum ★☆☆☆☆ Museum - Art Self Paid
08 Garinet Museum ★☆☆☆☆ House Museum Self Paid
09 Cloister Museum ★☆☆☆☆ Museum - Statues Self Paid
10 Church St. Alpin ★☆☆☆☆ Church Self Free
11 Duducothèque ★☆☆☆☆ Museum - Comics Self Free
12 Le Petit Jard ★☆☆☆☆ Public Park Self Free
13 Medieval Cellars ★☆☆☆☆ Tunnel Self Free
14 St. Croix Gate ★☆☆☆☆ Arch Self Free

01. Town Center

A picturesque town square with half-timbered houses, vibrant shops, and cafes. A small garden with plants and a playful water feature in the foreground.

Appeal ★★★☆☆
Type Walking Around

Visit Self 
Cost Free

The Town Center of Châlons-en-Champagne is a charming area packed with historic buildings, busy shops, and cute cafes. It’s perfect for a slow walk and soaking in the local vibe. 

02. Notre-Dame-en-Vaux Church

A view of the impressive Notre-Dame-en-Vaux church, showcasing its multiple spires and intricate stone architecture, surrounded by a few trees and adjacent buildings.

Appeal ★★★☆☆
Type Gothic Church

Visit Self
Cost Free

Notre-Dame-en-Vaux Church is a UNESCO World Heritage site with stunning Gothic design and amazing stained glass windows. The church’s lovely cloister and bell tower make it a must-see.

03. St. Etienne Cathedral

The majestic Saint-Etienne Cathedral with its gothic architecture, large stained glass windows, and intricate stone details. A statue and flags are positioned in front of the cathedral, enhancing its grandeur.

Appeal ★★★☆☆
Type Gothic Cathedral

Visit Self
Cost Free

St. Etienne Cathedral is a Gothic masterpiece with detailed carvings and a grand nave. The cathedral’s impressive front and tall spires stand out in the city skyline.

04. Eau’dyssée

A serene waterway with lush greenery on both sides and a blue boat navigating the canal. The scene is tranquil with overhanging trees.

Appeal ★★★☆☆
Type River Boating Tour

Visit Guided
Cost Paid

Eau’dyssée is a cool water-themed attraction that’s both fun and educational. Interactive exhibits and multimedia displays show why water is so important. It’s a great place for families and curious visitors to explore.

05. Champagne Carbot

A gallery wall featuring framed black and white cartoons and illustrations. The simple and clean presentation highlights the artistic details of the drawings.

Appeal ★★☆☆☆
Type Museum + Tasting

Visit Guided
Cost Paid

At Champagne Carbot, you can experience the region’s famous champagne production. Visitors get to learn how champagne is made, and enjoy tastings.

06. Marché Couvert

A bustling indoor market with various stalls selling fresh produce and flowers. Shoppers are seen exploring the vibrant and lively space.

Appeal ★☆☆☆☆
Type Food Market

Visit Self
Cost Free

The Marché Couvert is an indoor hall where the main food market of the town takes place.

07. Fine Art & Archeology Museum

A large hall in a museum with blue walls adorned with framed paintings and sculptures. People are observing the artworks, and there are red cushioned seats along the wooden floor.

Appeal ★☆☆☆☆
Type Art Museum

Visit Self
Cost Paid

The Fine Art & Archeology Museum in Châlons-en-Champagne is packed with artifacts from prehistoric times to today. 

08. Garinet Museum

An elegantly decorated room in a museum, filled with vintage furniture, framed paintings, and a display case in the center. The atmosphere is warm and inviting.

Appeal ★☆☆☆☆
Type House Museum

Visit Self
Cost Paid

Located in a 19th-century mansion, the Garinet Museum has an mix of art, antiques, and historical items. You can explore the personal collection of Jules Garinet, a local scholar and collector.

09. Cloister Museum

A museum room featuring numerous stone columns and ancient sculptures. The floor is tiled, and a red cushioned bench sits in the center.

Appeal ★☆☆☆☆
Type Medieval Statues Museum

Visit Self
Cost Paid

The Cloister Museum is a peaceful place to explore medieval art and architecture. It’s in a former cloister next to the Notre-Dame-en-Vaux church.

10. Chruch St. Alpin

The interior of a gothic church with high vaulted ceilings, stone columns, and a detailed altar. Stained glass windows allow colorful light into the space.

Appeal ★☆☆☆☆
Type Gothic Church

Visit Self
Cost Free

Church St. Alpin is a Gothic-style church from the 12th century.

11. Duducothèque

A gallery wall displaying six framed black and white cartoons and illustrations. Each frame contains a unique drawing, showcasing different scenes and characters in a minimalist style.

Appeal ★☆☆☆☆
Type Comics Museum

Visit Self
Cost Free

The Duduchothèque is all about the famous cartoonist Cabu, who was born in Châlons-en-Champagne. This cultural space has a huge collection of his cartoons, illustrations, and satirical art.

12. Le Petit Jard

A peaceful park with a gravel path leading to a historic building with a moat. The path is lined with green hedges, benches, and lush grass, creating a serene atmosphere.

Appeal ★☆☆☆☆
Type Comics Museum

Visit Self
Cost Free

Le Petit Jard is the main a public garden in town featuring a variety of tree species and a stream.

13. Medieval Cellars

An ancient, stone-walled cellar with arched ceilings. The space is dimly lit, showcasing the medieval architecture and atmosphere.

Appeal ★☆☆☆☆
Type Tunnel

Visit Self
Cost Free

The Medieval Cellars of the Saint-Germain gallery, dating back to the 13th and 16th centuries, were historically used for storage.

14. St. Croix Gate

The Saint Croix Gate, an ornate stone arch with sculpted reliefs, stands prominently against a blue sky. Surrounding the gate are residential buildings and greenery.

Appeal ★☆☆☆☆
Type Arch

Visit Self
Cost Free

The current St. Croix Gate, from the 18th century, is a modernized version of the original gate that was part of the medieval town walls.

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