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20 Things to Do in Reims

Up-to-Date 2024  –  By Culture Francia Team

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What to See & Do

Reims Overall Appeal ★★★★☆

  Name Appeal Type Visit Cost
01 Champagne Houses ★★★★★ Cellars + Tastings Guided Paid
02 Reims Cathedral ★★★★★ Cathedral Either Either
03 St. Remi Basilica ★★★★☆ Basilica Self Free
04 City Center ★★☆☆☆ Walking Around Self Free
05 Palace of Tau ★★☆☆☆ Museum - History Closed Paid
06 Surrender Museum ★★☆☆☆ Museum - WWII Self Paid
07 St. Remi Museum ★★☆☆☆ Museum - History Self Paid
08 Fine Arts Museum ★★☆☆☆ Museum - Art Closed Paid
09 Automobile Museum ★★☆☆☆ Vintage Vehicles Self Free
10 Villa Demoiselle ★☆☆☆☆ House Museum Guided Paid
11 Hotel Le Vergeur ★☆☆☆☆ Manor Museum Guided Paid
12 Sabrage ★☆☆☆☆ Bottle Opening Guided Paid
13 Carnegie Library ★☆☆☆☆ Library Self Free
14 Boulingrin Market ★☆☆☆☆ Food Market Self Free
15 Self-drive River Boat ★☆☆☆☆ Motorboating Self Paid
16 Pierre Schneiter Garden ★☆☆☆☆ Garden Self Free
17 Foujita Chapel ★☆☆☆☆ Chapel Self Paid
18 St. Jaques Church ★☆☆☆☆ Church Self Free
19 Mars Gate ★☆☆☆☆ Roman Ruin Self Free
20 Cryptoporticus ★☆☆☆☆ Roman Ruin Self Free

01. Champagne Houses

Atmospheric champagne cellars in Reims, illustrating the region's renowned winemaking heritage, a must-visit for any traveler interested in viticulture.

Appeal ★★★★★
Type Cellars + Tastings

Visit Guided
Cost Paid

Discover the famous Champagne houses in Reims, where you can go on guided tours and tastings. Walk through historic cellars and learn how champagne is made.

Main Houses

  • Taittinger
  • Veuve Clicquot
  • Pommery

02. Reims Cathedral

Reims Cathedral, a masterpiece of Gothic architecture, stands under a clear blue sky, flanked by green trees with people milling about the square.

Appeal ★★★★★
Type Gothic Cathedral

Visit Self or Guided
Cost Free or Paid

The Notre-Dame de Reims Cathedral is a stunning Gothic masterpiece and a UNESCO World Heritage site. It has seen the coronation of many French kings. You’ll be amazed by its beautiful stained glass windows and detailed facade.

03. St. Remi Basilica

The majestic Saint Remi Basilica in Reims, an architectural marvel with its towering spires, providing a spiritual and historical dimension.

Appeal ★★★★☆
Type Romanesque-Gothic Basilica

Visit Self
Cost Free

This Romanesque-Gothic basilica is dedicated to Saint Remigius, who baptized Clovis, the first King of the Franks. It has the saint’s relics and features impressive stained glass and medieval architecture.

04. City Center

The stately Place Royale in Reims, surrounded by classical French architecture, capturing the elegance and cultural heritage.

Appeal ★★☆☆☆
Type Walking Around

Visit Self
Cost Free

Reims’ city center is lively, with charming squares, shops, and cafes. Visit Place Drouet d’Erlon and soak up the vibrant atmosphere. It’s a great spot for dining, shopping, and people-watching.

Squares
– Place Drouet d’Erlon
– Place Royale
– Place Hôtel de Ville

Street
– Tambour

Covered Passages
– Talleyrand
– Subé

📍 Google Maps List

05. Palace of Tau

Appeal ★★☆☆☆
Type History Museum

Visit Closed
Cost Paid

Closed in 2024. Reopening in 2025 (no specific date yet).

Once the home of Reims’ archbishops, this palace is now a museum. It showcases tapestries, sculptures, and coronation artifacts. It’s a UNESCO World Heritage site and is closely connected to the cathedral.

06. Surrender Museum

Historic photograph inside the Museum of the Surrender in Reims, where military leaders once gathered, a poignant historical site.

Appeal ★★☆☆☆
Type World War II Museum

Visit Self
Cost Paid

This museum marks the spot where Germany surrendered on May 7, 1945, ending World War II in Western Europe. You can see the preserved map room and other artifacts from this historic event.

07. St. Remi Museum

Interior of Saint Remi's Museum in Reims with vaulted ceilings and exhibits displaying the region's history.

Appeal ★★☆☆☆
Type History Museum

Visit Self
Cost Paid

Located in a former abbey, this museum displays regional archaeology and medieval artifacts. It gives you a look into the history of Reims and the life of Saint Remigius.

08. Museum of Fine Arts

Appeal ★★☆☆☆
Type Art Museum

Visit Closed
Cost Paid

Closed in 2024. Reopening in 2025 or 2026 (no specific date yet).

This museum has a large collection of European paintings, sculptures, and decorative arts. You’ll find works from the Renaissance to the 20th century.

09. Automobile Museum

A wide panorama of the bustling Automobile Museum in Reims, showcasing a diverse collection of vintage cars and motorcycles, a perfect cultural attraction on a Paris to Reims day trip.

Appeal ★★☆☆☆
Type Vintage Vehicles

Visit Self
Cost Paid

Car lovers will enjoy this museum’s collection of classic and vintage cars. It covers the history of the automobile industry, with models from the early 20th century to today.

10. Villa Demoiselle

The exquisite Villa Demoiselle in Reims, showcasing Belle Époque elegance and architecture amidst lush greenery.

Appeal ★☆☆☆☆
Type House Museum

Visit Guided
Cost Paid

This beautifully restored Art Nouveau and Art Deco villa combines elegant architecture with luxurious interiors. The visit ends with champagne tasting.

11. Hotel Le Vergeur

A historical room at the Hotel Museum Le Vergeur in Reims, featuring elegant antique furniture, a blue canopy bed, and ornate decor. The room exudes old-world charm with framed portraits and a grand fireplace.

Appeal ★☆☆☆☆
Type Manor Museum

Visit Guided
Cost Paid

A historic mansion turned museum, showcasing period furniture, artworks, and artifacts. It gives insight into the bourgeois lifestyle of Reims in the past.

12. Sabrage

A person performing sabrage, a traditional technique of opening a champagne bottle with a sword, with champagne spraying out.

Appeal ★☆☆☆☆
Type Bottle Opening

Visit Guided
Cost Paid

A Sabrage Workshop is an exciting activity where you learn to open a champagne bottle with a sword.

13. Carnegie Library

Historic Carnegie Library in Reims, a beacon of knowledge with its grand windows and rich collections, an educational stop on a day trip from Paris.

Appeal ★☆☆☆☆
Type Public Library

Visit Self
Cost Free

A gift from Andrew Carnegie, this library is an Art Deco treasure. It has beautiful stained glass, mosaics, and a grand reading room.

14. Boulingrin Market

Vibrant Boulingrin Food Market in Reims filled with locals and tourists, offering a taste of local life and cuisine.

Appeal ★☆☆☆☆
Type Food Market

Visit Self
Cost Free

The main food market of the city is housed in a building with an impressive vaulted ceiling.

It’s open every Wednesday morning, Friday morning, Friday evening (for the organic market), and Saturday morning.

There are also a few other smaller markets around the city on different days of the week.

15. Self-drive River Boat

Leisurely boat ride on a calm Reims waterway, with tourists enjoying a relaxed aspect of a Reims.

Appeal ★☆☆☆☆
Type Self-drive Motorboating

Visit Self
Cost Paid

Enjoy a unique sightseeing tour on Reims’ canals with BoBoat. These electric boats provide a peaceful and scenic way to explore the city’s waterways.

16. Pierre Schneiter Garden

A vibrant garden at Pierre Schneiter Park in Reims, showcasing a colorful array of flowers and lush greenery along a winding path. The well-maintained garden is surrounded by tall trees and serene natural beauty.

Appeal ★☆☆☆☆
Type Public Garden

Visit Self
Cost Free

A lovely public garden named after a former mayor of Reims. It has manicured lawns, flower beds, and various plants, making it a great spot for relaxation.

17. Foujita Chapel

Interior view of the Foujita Chapel in Reims, featuring intricate wall paintings and a vaulted ceiling decorated with religious artwork. The serene chapel is adorned with stained glass windows and a central altar.

Appeal ★☆☆☆☆
Type Neo-Romanesque Chapel

Visit Self
Cost Paid

Designed by the Japanese-French artist Tsuguharu Foujita, this chapel is known for its beautiful frescoes. It blends Christian and Japanese art styles uniquely.

18. St. Jacques Church

Interior of the Saint Jacques Church in Reims, featuring high arched ceilings, rows of wooden chairs, and colorful stained glass windows.

Appeal ★☆☆☆☆
Type Gothic Church

Visit Self
Cost Free

Saint Jacques Church is another one of the Catholic buildings in Reims. Dating back to the 13th century, it features Gothic architecture.

19. Mars Gate

The majestic Mars Gate in Reims, a relic of Roman triumphal architecture, stands as a testament to the city's ancient past.

Appeal ★☆☆☆☆
Type Roman Ruins

Visit Self
Cost Free

An ancient Roman triumphal arch from the 3rd century, Mars Gate is a reminder of Reims’ rich history and once marked the entrance to the city.

20. Cryptoporticus

Ancient Cryptoporticus in Reims, a mysterious underground gallery from the Roman era, inviting exploration and discovery.

Appeal ★☆☆☆☆
Type Roman Ruins

Visit Self
Cost Free

This well-preserved Roman cryptoporticus, an underground gallery, was used for storage. It offers a peek into Reims’ Roman past and is now an archaeological site.

Reims Opera House

The opera is open for visits (outside of performances) only a few days a year and only with a guided tour. If you’re interested, you’ll need to check with the tourist office for more details.

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