History of the city
Notre Dame : The city’s most famous monument is the magnificent Gothic Cathedral Notre Dame, began in 1211 and a UNESCO heritage monument. A rival to its cousin in Paris, for several centuries the cathedral was the setting for the coronation of French Kings. A particular highlight is the 13th century Great Rose Window and the west façade, decorated with over 2000 statues.
Palais du Tarn: Every king who came to Reims for his coronation would spend the evening in the Palais du Tarn, the archbishop’s palace adjoining the cathedral. It is a beautiful building, the 15th century banqueting hall, the Salle du Tarn, with its barrel-vaulted ceiling and Arras tapestries being the star attraction.
Musée de la Reddition: A definite highlight of any trip to Reims, the Musée de la Reddition occupies the building that served as Eisenhower’s French headquarters during World War II. It was here, in 1945, that the general received the Germans’ surrender, which ended the war. A must see!
Champagne Houses: Last but by no means least, every tourist should visit at least one of the great houses in Reims. Several historical Champagne houses base themselves in the city, including Pommery, Veuve Clicquot and Ruinart. Pommery remains our favorite house to visit as the building contains several important pieces of art and historic Roman carved chalk caves, something to keep the non-wine lovers happy! Their wines are excellent too.
For more than two decades, France has reigned as the world’s most popular tourist destination, receiving 82 million foreign tourists annual. People from all over the world are drawn to France’s sophisticated culture, dazzling landmarks, exquisite cuisine, fine wines, romantic chateaux and picturesque countryside.
A popular tourist destination, the Loire Valley is a region in the center of France, regarded for its spectacular scenery, splendid chateaux, picturesque vineyards and historic villages. The Loire Valley stretches 280 km (175 miles) along the Loire River, twisting and turning through some of France’s most beautiful villages and charming chateaux. Some of the most famous chateaux include Chambord, Amboise, Rivau, Chinon and Chenonceau. The valley is home to many wineries that offer tours and wine tastings.