This sparkling little town sits 50 km from Reims and 85 km from Troyes. Châlons-en-Champagne is the beating heart of the Champagne region. With several small rivers running through the town it has a fresh, Venetian feel, and boasts many green spaces and gardens bursting into flower. Relax and rejuvenate in this city which has a long history and a rich artistic tradition, but which equally knows how to celebrate.
Along the river banks, Châlons-en-Champagne is as pretty as a picture. Just as champagne is a lovers' drink, so Châlons-en-Champagne is a lovers' town. Drift down the river on a boat, past exquisite views, well tended gardens and ancient monuments, such as the old Sainte-Marie Convent or the the Mauvillain arch, part of the old city walls.
Take a stroll past the bridges: the Pont des Archers, the Pont de Putte-Savate and the Pont de Vaux for a moment of tranquility. In the historic centre, half-timbered houses and ancient churches pepper the medieval streets. Explore the Collegial Notre-Dame-en-Vaux or the Basilica of Notre-Dame de l'Epine (8 km away), both of which are Unesco World Heritage monuments. The Cathedral of Saint-Etienne in Châlons-en-Champagne is a Gothic masterpiece which was built in the early 12th century.
Summertime means festival time in Châlons-en-Champagne. The Festival Furies brings poetry to life on the streets of the town with performances from circus acts and street artists. The Festival of Music from Here and Elsewhere does exactly what it says on the tin, comprising some 50 free concerts in a range of styles.
Discover the secrets of champagne-making: visit some of the vineyards of Champagne. 30 minutes from Châlons-en-Champagne, the Phare de Verzenay vineyard offers a tour round one of the most prestigious vineyards in the Montagne de Reims. Learn about the history and traditions of wine-making at the Museum of Wine and of the Vine.
The Zig Zag Park (30 minutes from Châlons-en-Champagne) will delight the whole family with a maze, bouncy castles, archery ranges and other excitements.
If you feel like a walk in the countryside, why not aim for the Gallic remains of the Attila's Camp, one of the oldest fortified sites in Europe, set in a stunning natural landscape.
Châlons-en-Champagne is bubbling with good humour… much like its delicious champagne, in fact.
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