Reims, France : Best Things to do for a week-end

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Set out on an adventure to the city of kings and delve into Reims, where you can rediscover its extraordinary history as France’s capital for over a millennium. Recognized as a City of Art and History, this magnificent destination now boasts four UNESCO World Heritage sites.

If you’re interested in exploring the city’s key sights and experiencing one or two Champagne tasting tours, a day trip could suffice. You can conveniently reach Reims from Paris by train (45 minutes) or by car (1 hour 30 minutes).

If you’re eager to delve deeper into the city’s history and culture, dedicate some time to discovering the top Reims Champagne houses. In that case, consider spending 2-3 days in Reims. For a comprehensive guide on visiting Champagne, be sure to explore our detailed resource.

What to do in Reims? TOP must-see

Reims serves as the headquarters of Winalist, with a portion of our team operating from this vibrant city. As a result, we’ve curated a selection of the finest spots in Reims that you won’t want to miss, along with insider tips on what to explore! Take a look at our map showcasing the ideal itinerary to uncover all of Reims’ highlights.

Explore Reims’ city center

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Upon arrival in Reims, you’ll likely stroll through Erlon Square, situated in the heart of the city. Here, you’ll encounter quaint shops, as well as restaurants and bars with spacious terraces perfect for enjoying a sunny lunch.

Continue your exploration of Reims by making your way to Place du Forum, one of the city’s oldest squares.

Notre-Dame de Reims Cathedral

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Situated just a 10-minute walk from the city center, Notre-Dame de Reims Cathedral stands as the primary historic monument of the city, an absolute must-see for visitors. This illustrious cathedral has played a central role in French history, serving as the site for the coronation of nearly all French kings since the 11th century. Despite enduring war and destruction during World War I, this magnificent Catholic architectural gem has persevered, proudly standing as a tangible testament to the city’s remarkable past.

Designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Notre-Dame de Reims Cathedral is a breathtaking marvel that rivals even the grandeur of Notre-Dame de Paris. Drawing in more tourists than any other site throughout the year, it boasts impressive statistics:

The Palace of Tau (Palais du Tau)

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A short stroll away, you’ll come across the Palais du Tau, once a residence of the archbishops of Reims. Its name derives from its T-shaped layout during the Middle Ages. Within the Palais du Tau resides the Museum of the Work, showcasing numerous sculptures from the Cathedral of Notre-Dame de Reims.

Basilique Saint-Rémi

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For those fascinated by history and architecture, continue your Reims journey with a visit to this impressive Romanesque-Gothic church dedicated to Saint Remi, the city’s patron saint. Housing the revered relics of Saint Remi, believed to possess miraculous healing powers, the basilica offers a glimpse into its rich heritage. Inside, admire the striking stained glass windows, intricate stone carvings, and enchanting frescoes, making it a worthwhile pause on your exploration of Reims before moving on to your next destination.

The Villa Demoiselle

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Built in 1890 along Boulevard Henri-Vasnier, directly facing the Pommery Champagne House, Villa Demoiselle stands as an architectural marvel, blending elements of Art Nouveau and Art Deco styles.

Now under the ownership of Vranken-Pommery Champagne House, this villa welcomes visitors, offering a glimpse into its opulent interiors. A true gem of Reims, its meticulously curated decor enchants all who enter, providing insights into the illustrious history of the Champagne houses that have shaped the region’s renown.

Insider Tip: Enhance your experience by booking a combined tour of the Pommery House and Villa Demoiselle for a comprehensive immersion. Additionally, consider indulging in a delightful lunch at the Champagne house restaurant!

Champagne Park

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Found in the southeast area of the city, within the Butte Saint Nicaise and Champagne Houses district, lies the former Parc Pommery, welcoming all visitors free of charge. It offers a perfect chance to unwind with a peaceful stroll amidst lush surroundings, fitting seamlessly between Champagne tastings.

Discover The oldest Champagne cellars in Reims

Champagne Veuve Clicquot

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Established in the 18th century, the Veuve Clicquot Champagne House, also known for its iconic yellow label, stands as one of the premier establishments in the Champagne region. Delve into the rich heritage of the House as you explore its expansive 24 kilometers of cellars. Secure your spot for the next tour through Winalist today!

Champagne Ruinart

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If you’re a Champagne enthusiast, then Champagne Ruinart needs no introduction. Immerse yourself in the legacy of this iconic Champagne brand as you explore its remarkable chalk-dug cellars. Don’t miss out – book your visit now!

Champagne Mumm

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For those seeking an option closer to the city center of Reims, a visit to Champagne Mumm offers an enriching experience. Renowned for its storied history and unwavering dedication to quality, this Champagne house was established in 1827 by three German brothers, embodying a harmonious blend of tradition and innovation.

Take a Champagne Terroir Masterclass

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Just a 10 to 15-minute stroll from the city center, delve into the realm of Champagne Palmer & Co. Explore their three iconic signature cuvées: Brut Réserve, Blanc de Blancs, and Grands Terroirs. This oenological voyage invites you to uncover the essence of the prestigious terroirs of the Montagne de Reims, exploring its landscapes and microclimates. Embark on this engaging and interactive workshop to enhance your understanding of Champagne!

Master Champagne sabering

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Amaze your friends when you return home by mastering the skill of sabering a Champagne bottle!

For a delightful and memorable experience blending Champagne tasting with excitement, consider the Luxury Masterclass with sabrage offered by Champagne Pol Couronne. Whether it’s a romantic outing for couples or a fun gathering with friends, this activity is tailored for you.

After successfully sabering the bottle, it’s yours to enjoy on the spot with your companions, whether they be friends or family. The Domaine invites you to saber your bottle against the stunning backdrop of the Cathedral of Notre-Dame de Reims, promising an unforgettable moment!

The Automobile Museum of Reims

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Step back in time as you wander among the collection of 200 vintage vehicles at the Reims Automobile Museum. Crafted by passionate car collectors and enthusiasts, this museum, situated on Avenue Georges Clémenceau, awaits visitors year-round.

Reims’ Flea Market (Halles du Boulingrin)

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Extend your stroll by making your way to the Boulingrin district, where a bustling flea market takes place three days a week: Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday. This vibrant neighborhood is dotted with trendy bars and restaurants, offering the perfect setting to unwind and enjoy the end of your day!

Best restaurants to try while in Reims

L’Assiette Champenoise***

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L’Assiette Champenoise, led by chef Arnaud Lallement, is renowned for its excellence, boasting three Michelin stars —the highest accolade— and ranking among the top three restaurants globally by La Liste.

With fresh, locally sourced ingredients, an exceptional wine list, a beautiful setting, a renowned chef, a unique tasting menu, and exceptional service, dining at L’Assiette Champenoise in Reims is a culinary experience like no other. Whether you are looking to explore the flavors of the Champagne region or simply enjoy a memorable meal in an elegant setting, this restaurant has something for everyone. Chef Arnaud Lallement’s innovative approach to French cuisine is sure to impress even the most discerning palate, while the attentive staff ensures that every guest feels welcome and well taken care of. So, why not treat yourself to a dining experience that combines the best of French gastronomy with the charm of the Champagne countryside at L’Assiette Champenoise? Book your table now and let them know you come on behalf of Winalist!


Racine Gastronomic Restaurant in Reims is is the perfect choice for a truly unforgettable dining experience. With its elegant and sophisticated ambiance, impeccable service, and exquisite cuisine, it is sure to impress even the most discerning food connoisseurs. The menu features a delightful selection of French dishes made with the freshest and highest quality ingredients, skillfully prepared by chef Tanaka, a mix between Asia and France. From delectable appetizers to mouthwatering entrees and decadent desserts, every dish is a work of art that tantalizes the taste buds. Book your table here.

Le Réfectoire by Champagne Pommery

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The Pommery Champagne house offers a privileged moment at the Vranken-Pommery estate and is the perfect place to have lunch or diner if you aim to discover Champagne cuvée alongside Champagne region gastronomy.

Learn about the cellars and every aspect of the winemaking process with your guide. At the end of the visit, join our restaurant where the Chef will offer you a lunch accompanied by the Champagnes of the house.

Book your table below:

Le Parc des Crayères**

A luxurious and elegant hotel that offers a unique and unforgettable experience. Set in a beautiful park, the hotel’s Michelin-starred restaurant offers exquisite cuisine by chef Christophe Moret, using the freshest local ingredients and innovative cooking techniques.

Book your table here.

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Le Millénaire

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Located in the heart of Reims, discover chef’s Benjamin Andreux cuisine in a wonderful ambiance.

After having cut his teeth alongside big names in French gastronomy such as: Yannick Alléno, Stéphanie Le Quellec and Daniel Boulud, Benjamin began his immersion in Champagne at the head of the kitchen at La Briqueterie for 2 years.

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Sacré Burger

Craving for the best burgers in town? We’ve got you covered. Who said Champagne & wine couldn’t be paired with burgers?

This iconic burger joint offers a unique twist on classic American fare by infusing traditional French flavors and ingredients. The burgers are made with high-quality, locally-sourced ingredients, ensuring each bite is bursting with flavor.

The atmosphere of Sacre Burger is vibrant and welcoming, making it the perfect spot to enjoy a delicious meal with friends or family. With options for everyone, including vegetarian and vegan choices, Sacre Burger is a must-visit spot for any food lover in Reims.

Book your table here.

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Best hotels in Reims and nearby

When staying in Reims, several hotels offer top-notch accommodations and service., discover our selection here:

  • In the center, the unique Caserne Chanzy Hotel & Spa, Autograph Collection will offer you a peaceful stay just near the cathedral
  • If you’re here for a true gastronomic experience, then staying at L’Assiette Champenoise which is also a 3 Michelin star restaurant might be a great idea to consider.
  • For a truly unique experience, stay at the Domaine Les Crayères, a stunning chateau hotel with beautiful gardens and a Michelin-starred restaurant.
  • The Château de Sacy hotel located at 15 minutes driving from Reims’ city center offers. acalm and peaceful atmosphere in the heart of the vineyards
  • The Royal Champagne Hotel & Spa, located at 25 minutes by car outside of Reims in the picturesque Champagne region, offers stunning views of the vineyards and a peaceful atmosphere.

Extend your stay in Champagne

If you have a passion for fine wines, particularly Champagne, you might consider extending your trip in the region to explore other destinations and cities. As fellow Champagne enthusiasts, we highly recommend prolonging your stay here. Rest assured, our guides have you covered every step of the way.

Visit Epernay

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Epernay is a charming town nestled in the heart of the Champagne region, making it a must-visit spot for wine lovers and enthusiasts. Dubbed the “capital of Champagne,” Epernay is renowned for housing some of the world’s most prestigious champagne houses, such as Moët & Chandon and Mercier. It’s just a quick 30-minute drive from Reims or accessible by train, where you can embark on guided tours of historic cellars, discover the champagne-making process, and savor some of the finest bubblies around.

Beyond its illustrious wine heritage, Epernay boasts picturesque streets adorned with elegant architecture, cozy cafes, and boutique shops. With its stunning views of the surrounding vineyards and lively ambiance, Epernay promises a unique and unforgettable experience for visitors eager to explore the enchanting world of Champagne.

Discover our dedicated travel guide on the best things to do while in Epernay and visit the best champagne houses in Epernay.

Guided tour in the Champagne vineyards

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If you’d like to be guided through the region and uncover beautiful destinations and wineries, consider booking a guided day tour below in Reims!

Roadtrippin’ in the middle of the vineyards

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If you’re more into organizing your own trip then rent your car in Reims and follow our ultimate guide to visiting the Champagne region on which you’ll discover an interactive map that will help you drive through the region.

Useful resources to visit Reims

Can you walk to Champagne Houses in Reims?

Reims is pedestrian friendly, it’s very easy to walk around the city and reach main spots without using public transportation. As many Champagne Houses are in Reims, you can discover many of them just by walking from one to another!For example, Veuve Clicquot, Champagne Ruinart or Champagne Pommery are just 14 minutes away by foot but you’ll be able to reach even closer champagne houses like Champagne Mumm or Champagne Palmer.

Where to buy good Champagne in Reims?

Here are the main places we can suggest you: La Grande Boutique du Vin (3 Place Léon Bourgeois), La Cave Colbert (18 Rue Colbert), La Boutique du club Trésors de Champagne (2 Rue Olivier Métra), Le Bon Manger (rue Courmeaux), La Vinocave (Place du Forum), and of course you can acquire bottles on site, at the prestigious estates you visit.

When is the best time to visit Reims?

Reims is a very dynamic city where you will find plenty to do, from sight-seeing, outdoor walks and tours, to museum visits and incredible Champagne experiences – any time is a good time to visit Reims. However, there are slight differences according to seasons:
Winter: you’ll discover the magical Christmas market in Reims and all the festivities it offers (light shows,…)
Spring: this period is interesting because it not the high tourist season and the weather starts to be very enjoyable with longer days and beautiful blossomed gardens.
Summer: during the high tourist season, the area can be quite crowded, but is also adds some dynamism to the city’s activities.
Fall: from end of August to September is the harvest season – a busy period for wine-growers but an interesting one for wine-enthusiasts who wish to experience this with a close eye. Plus, fall colors always turn vineyards into most beautiful color pallet, a great time to bike around vineyards and enjoy this show!

How to get to Reims?

Reims is quite close to Paris, so if you’re are settled there you can plan a one-day trip in Reims very easily!

– Traveling from Paris to Reims by train
Did you know that France has a top-notch high-speed train route connecting its major cities? For example, the direct track between Reims and Paris takes only 45 minutes. Without a doubt, it is extremely convenient to take this express journey from one city to another with several routes running back and forth each day!

– Traveling from Paris to Reims by car
Reims is only 154 kilometers away from Paris (about 95 miles), so it’s also worth considering traveling by car! You can find may car rentals from any of Paris airports. A very easy and direct 1h30 trip: driving out of Paris on the East side, take the A4 highway up to Voie Jean Taittinger on the A344.

How to spend a weekend in Reims?

Reims is a perfect destination to spend a weekend in the Champagne region and discover many World Heritage sites in a couple of days. The best way to make the most of your weekend in Reims is to arrive by train and settle there one night. You will be able to enjoy all it has to offer by foot, from prestigious Champagne Houses to sight-seeing and outdoor activities. Find all wine activities in Reims on Winalist!

How many days should I spend in Reims?

If you’re in a rush or simply dropping by, by train, Reims can be visited quite quickly in a day.
We recommend to spend 2-3 days in Reims for you to be able to take advantage of all the things to do!