Discover Champagne-Ardenne

Discover Champagne-Ardenne champagne-ardenne fr

Simply sparkling !

The very word « Champagne » is magical and synonymous with celebration. The toast of a thousand hosts, it is the wine of kings and the king of wines…Champagne – Ardenne is a very special place for the connoisseur of fine wines and beautiful countryside. The region abounds in deep forests, reflected in the clear brilliant waters of lakes and streams running through limestone rock whose smooth ondulating contours give the Champagne plain its unique personality. Within the limestone strata, hundreds of miles of rock have been excavated to make way for  underground galleries for the housing and maturing of its royal wines..

Along some 650 miles of navigable waterways one may relax in comfort, watching the scenery go by (slowly) from the vintage point of a houseboat or cruiser drifting through a
variety of sceneries, observing migratory birds and animals who have made their habitat along the banks.Champagne-Ardenne can also be discovered from the road.: the basilica of l’Epine, Reim’s Notre-Dame cathedral where the kings of France used to be crowned, the Sedan castle, the fortified city of Langres, the 16th century old houses at Troyes, the Meusevalley, the Champagne sacred triangle…

As a bonus, Champagne-Ardenne’s refined cuisine incorporates  with flair the region’s native sparkling wine whenever possible.

 

Not to be missed

               ●  Reims  and its Notre-Dame cathedral, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

               ●  The Champagne tourist route: 5 itineraries that correspond to 5 major areas of vineyards stretching unbroken for 600 km.

               ●  Sedan, the biggest fortified castle in Europe

 

  • A city of choice: Reims 

It was an age old tradition that French kings be crowned in Reims.

Meticulously reconstructed after the ravages of war, Reims is neat and orderly, with wide avenues, well-tended parks and a famous cathedral – Notre-Dame – where French kings were crowned ever since the very beginnings of France as a nation. Together with the Palais du Thau and Basilique Saint-Rémi, they are UNESCO’s World Heritage sites .But Reims’ main claim to fame rests with Champagne wine as most of the great Champagne houses are to be found there: Veuve Cliquot, Taitinger, Mumm, Pommery to name but a few.  Cheers !

 

Not to be missed:

                             ●  Notre-Dame cathedral

                             ●  Palais du Thau

                             ●  Saint-Remi basilica and Abbey Museum

                             ●  Fine Art museum

                             ●  Place Royale

 

  • The Champagne tourist route:

To roam the vineyards of Champagne, take the Champagne Tourist Trail.It stretches some 600 km, with about 80 different stop-off points, most of which are Champagne cellars. Five different circuits are proposed, ranging from the discovery of the region and its historical heritage to friendly family visits to producers. Click here to read more

 

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