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8 Unusual Things to Do in Champagne

Up-to-Date 2024  –  By Culture Francia Team

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08 Less Touristy Things to Do

  Name Appeal Type Visit Cost
01 Château de Boursault ★★☆☆☆ Castle + Tastings Guided Paid
02 Notre-Dame de l'Epine Basilica ★★☆☆☆ Basilica Self Free
03 Montagne de Reims Natural Park ★★☆☆☆ Hiking ; Biking Self Free
04 Marne River Banks ★★☆☆☆ Hiking ; Biking Self Free
05 Marne River ★★☆☆☆ Cruising Tour Paid
06 Cave aux Coquillages ★☆☆☆☆ Museum - Paleontology Guided Paid
07 Fort de La Pompelle ★☆☆☆☆ Museum - WWI Self Paid
08 Dormans Memorial ★☆☆☆☆ Memorial - WWI Self Free

01. Château de Boursault

he grand Château Boursault with its intricate architectural details and pointed towers, set against a backdrop of trees and a cloudy sky.

Appeal ★★☆☆☆
Type Renaissance Castle + Tasting

Visit Guided
Cost Paid

Château de Boursault is a historic castle surrounded by vineyards, offering guided visits and champagne tastings.

02. Notre-Dame de l'Epine Basilica

The Notre-Dame de l'Épine Basilica, an intricate Gothic church with detailed stonework and towering spires under a partly cloudy sky.

Appeal ★★☆☆☆
Type Gothic Basilica

Visit Self
Cost Free

The Notre-Dame de l’Epine Basilica is a Gothic masterpiece and a stunning landmark in the Champagne region. Its detailed façade, gorgeous stained glass windows, and rich history make it a must-see for architecture fans.

03. Montagne de Reims Natural Park

A forested path in Montagne de Reims Natural Park, with benches and a wooden fence under a canopy of green trees.

Appeal ★☆☆☆☆
Type Hiking, Biking

Visit Self
Cost Free

Montagne de Reims Regional Park is a protected area with diverse landscapes like forests, vineyards, and rolling hills. The park has many hiking and biking trails and wildlife watching spots.

It includes the Faux de Verzy, a spot with rare, twisted beech trees called dwarf (“faux” in French) beeches. These strange trees, with their twisted and contorted shapes, make an enchanting and mysterious forest.

04. Marne River Banks

A peaceful scene of the Marne River banks with a walking path, lush greenery, and gentle water flow under a clear blue sky.

Appeal ★☆☆☆☆
Type Hiking, Biking

Visit Self
Cost Free

The banks of the Marne River are a peaceful spot for leisurely walks, bike rides and picnics. Visitors can enjoy the calm ambiance of the flowing river.

05. Marne River

A red and white boat named 'Champagne Vallée' cruising along the serene Marne River surrounded by green foliage.

Appeal ★☆☆☆☆
Type River Cruising

Visit Guided
Cost Paid

A Marne River Cruise is a relaxed way to see the beautiful Champagne region from the water. These cruises often feature commentary on the champagne with or without meal.

06. Cave aux Coquillages

The Cave aux Coquillages Museum with illuminated exhibits displaying ancient fossilized shells and marine life within a dimly lit, rocky interior.

Appeal ★☆☆☆☆
Type Paleontology Museum

Visit Guided
Cost Paid

The Cave aux Coquillages Museum has a cool collection of marine fossils found in the Champagne region’s limestone soil. Visitors can learn about the area’s geological history and how these ancient seashells help make Champagne unique.

07. Fort de la Pompelle

The entrance to Fort de la Pompelle Museum, featuring arched stone structures and a historical plaque, under a clear blue sky.

Appeal ★☆☆☆☆
Type WWI Museum

Visit Self
Cost Paid

Fort de La Pompelle is a historic fortress that played a big role in World War I. Now a museum, it displays artifacts, weapons, and exhibits that remember the battles and soldiers of the Great War.

08. Dormans Memorial

The Dormans Memorial, a historic monument with intricate stonework, set atop a hill with steps leading to its grand entrance.

Appeal ★☆☆☆☆
Type WWI Memorial

Visit Self
Cost Free

The Dormans Memorial honors the soldiers who fought in the Marne battles during World War I. It has a chapel, a crypt, and beautiful gardens, offering a place for remembrance.

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