Weekend Breaks to Reims
Planning a short break to Reims? Check out Travel Library's recommended Top 10 Things To Do in Reims. It's a perfect companion for weekend city breaks to Reims. Once you've been you can add your own tips and suggestions to help other visitors.
Top 10 Things in Reims on a Short Break
Place du Cardinal-Lucon. This is one of the world's most famous cathedrals, and it was built on the site of a church that burned down in 1211. The cathedral is filled with statuettes, and its three western facade portals are spectacular. The rose window above the central portal is dedicated to the Virgin Mary, and the western facade's northern door is a smiling angel.
The cathedral is open everyday from 07h30 - 19h30. Admission is free.
Boulevard du General Leclerc, in the centre of Reims. This historical park was created in the middle of the 18th century and reshaped during the construction of the congress centre in 1994/95. It has fountains; an artificial river; and an area for children's games. The park is a great place to relax, have a picnic and take a break from all the sightseeing.
8 rue Chanzy. The museum is housed in the 18th century buildings which belonged to the old Abbaye St-Denis. This excellent provincial gallery has many portraits of German princes by both the Elder and the Younger Cranach. It also has paintings and furniture from the 17th and 18th centuries found in the Salles Diancourt and Jamot-Neveux. The museum is open Wednesday to Monday from 10h00 - 12h00 and 14h00 - 18h00. Admission is $2.40 for adults and free for children under 18 and students.
Place du Cardinal-Lucon. This palace was built in 1690 as the official residence of the bishops of Reims, next to the cathedral. The palace houses many statues that once decorated the cathedral facade. There are also many holy relics associated with Reims on display, including a 12th-century chalice for the communion of French monarchs. The palace is open May to September Tuesday to Sunday from 09h30 - 18h00; and off season Tuesday to Sunday from 09h30 - 12h30 and 14h00 - 17h30. Admission is $8.40 for audlts; $6 for students and people 18 - 25; and free for children 17 and under.
12 rue Franklin-D.-Roosevelt. In this building is where the Germans surrended to General Eisenhower on the 7th of May, 1945. The building was once a schoolhouse near the railroad tracks. The walls of the room are still decorated with maps of the rail routes just as it was on the day of surrender. The opening hours are Wednesday to Monday from 10h00 - 12h00 and 14h00 - 18h00. Admission is $2.40 for adults and free for children under 17.
64 bd. Henri-Vasnier. This is the best hotel in Reims, and is housed in one of the most beautiful chateaux in eastern France. The hotel is surrounded by a 14 acre park, and is decorated with furnishings. The hotel has a range of facilities, including a restaurant; a bar; room service; babysitting; and laundry/dry cleaning services. The stylish and comfortable rooms all have airconditioning; minibar; TV; telephone; hair dryer; terraces; and a full bathroom.
For more information visit: www.gerardboyer.com
64 bd. Henri-Vasnier. This is one of the best, if not the best, restaurants in Reims. It serves a range of excellent local dishes, accomponied by a good selection of local wines. World-famous chef Gerard Boyer creates some of the best dishes around. This is the place to go if you want to treat yourself to something special. The restaurant is open Wednesday to Sunday from 12h00 - 15h00; and Tuesday to Sunday from 19h15 - 22h00. Reservations are required as this is the most popular restaurant in town.
53 rue St-Simon. This is the oldest church in Reims, and dates back to 1007. The basilica is a great example of classic medieval French masonry. The complex also houses the the former royal abbey of St-Remi, who was the guardian of the holy ampula and used to anoint the kings of France. The abbey is now a museum and has a large collection of the history of Reims; regional archaeology; and military history. The basilica is open Sunday to Wednesday from 08h00 - 19h00 and Thursday to Saturday from 09h00 - 19h00. Admission is free for the basilica; and $1.80 for adults; free for children under 12, for the museum of St-Remi.
Rue Leo lagrange. This is the most important park in the centre of town, and was opened in 1976. The park covers 12 ha, and has a pond and games for children. It is also close to a swimming pool and ice ring. This park is a great place to have fun, while taking a break from your hectic sightseeing schedule. The park is open everyday from dawn till dusk, and there is no admission charge.
Place du General-Gouraud. Below the Gothic-style buildings and gardens of the Maison de Pommery, is where you'll find the most visited cellars in Reims.
There is a 116-step stairway, which leads to a maze of galleries that were dug into the chalk, more than 18km long and about 30m below ground. All the different stages of making champagne are shown in these galleries.
The Maison is open April to November everyday from 10h00 - 18h00; and off season Monday; Tuesday; Thursday; and Friday from 10h00 - 17h00.
Admission is $9 and free for children under 11.
The Gestapo Victims Square - Tourist Attraction
The facade of this house,in rue Jeanne d'Arc is what remains of the Gestapo's headquarters; members of the Resistance were interrogated here and then either shot or deported to German camps such as Dachau.In the small garden, there is a sculpture depicting the arrest of a resistance worker; on the walls, there are plaques,commemorating the lives of those whose anti-Nazi activities cost them their lives.
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