Champagne Country

We’ve compiled the best of the best in Champagne Country - browse our top choices for the top things to see or do during your stay.

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  • 1. Castellane

    Unlike most of the area's Champagne tours, at Castellane you get a chance to see the bottling, corking, and labeling plant. During the 45-minute guided...Read More

  • 2. Cathédrale Notre-Dame

    Constructed between 1150 and 1230, the Cathédrale Notre-Dame is a superb example of early Gothic architecture. The light interior gives the impression of order and...Read More

  • 3. Cathédrale Notre-Dame d'Amiens

    By far the largest church in France, the Cathédrale Notre-Dame d'Amiens could enclose Paris's Notre-Dame twice. It may lack the stained glass of Chartres or...Read More

  • 4. Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Reims

    Recently restored for its 800th birthday, this magnificent Gothic cathedral provided the setting for the coronations of French kings. The great historical saga began with...Read More

  • 5. Cathédrale St-Pierre

    Soaring above the town center is the tallest cathedral in France: the Cathédrale St-Pierre. You may have an attack of vertigo just gazing up at...Read More

  • 6. Moët & Chandon

    Founded by Charles Moët in 1743, the world's largest Champagne producer is a must-see if you're in the region. Foreign royalty from Czar Alexandre I...Read More

  • 7. Opera de Lille

    When fire destroyed Lille's opera house in 1903, a new, grander edifice began to rise after more than 10 years of construction. Unfortunately, the outbreak...Read More

  • 8. Palais des Beaux Arts

    Restored in the 1990s as part of the revitalization of the city, this museum now ranks among the best in France. It takes special pride...Read More

  • 9. Ruinart

    Founded back in 1729, just a year after Louis XV's decision to allow wine to be transported by bottle (previously it could only be moved...Read More

  • 10. Taittinger

    Cavernous chalk cellars, first used by monks for wine storage, house 15 million bottles and partly occupy the crypt of the 13th-century abbey that used...Read More

  • 11. Basilique de Notre-Dame de l'Épine

    Tiny L'Épine is dominated by its twin-tower church, the Flamboyant Gothic Basilique de Notre-Dame de l'Épine. Decorated with a multitude of leering gargoyles, the facade...Read More

  • 12. Basilique St-Remi

    This 11th-century Romanesque-Gothic basilica honors the 5th-century saint who gave his name to the city and baptized Clovis (the first king of France) in 498....Read More

  • 13. Cathédrale Saint-Gervais Saint-Protais

    Rodin famously declared that "there are no hours in this cathedral, but rather eternity." The Gothic interior, with its pure lines and restrained ornamentation, creates...Read More

  • 14. Cathédrale St-Étienne

    The 13th-century Cathédrale St-Étienne is a harmonious structure with large nave windows and tidy flying buttresses; the exterior effect is marred only by the bulky...Read More

  • 15. Cryptoportique

    A Gallo-Roman underground gallery and crypt, now a semi-subterranean venue for municipal expositions, was initially constructed around AD 200 beneath the forum of Reims's predecessor,...Read More

  • 16. Hautvillers

    To understand how the region's still wine became sparkling Champagne, head across the Marne to Hautvillers. Here Dom Pérignon (1638–1715)—a blind monk who was reputedly...Read More

  • 17. Hortillonnages

    Situated on the east side of town, the Hortillonnages are commercial water gardens—covering more than 700 acres—where vegetables have been cultivated since Roman times. Every...Read More

  • 18. Le Vergeur Museum

    One of the best examples of late medieval and early Renaissance architecture in Reims was built during the 13th century. Originally overlooking the historic linen-and-wheat...Read More

  • 19. Maison Jules-Verne

    Jules Verne (1828–1905) spent his last 35 years in Amiens, and his former home contains some 15,000 documents about his life as well as original...Read More

  • 20. Mercier

    A tour here will take you for a 20-minute ride on a laser-guided electric train with commentary provided by an audio guide that gives insight...Read More

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