Also known in theUKasRheims, Reims is one of the most important towns in the whole ofFrance, and has seen 25 kings begin their reigns as leaders of a Christian country in the cathedral built in the city, as well as 9 other sovereigns. All 34 leaders were appointed in just over 1000 years, between 816 and 1825, and the city is very proud of it’s history.
Even after the cathedral was damaged in both the first and second world wars it has been meticulously rebuilt and guests will be amazed at the level of workmanship that has gone into every inch of the building.
The city is also famous for being in the Champagne region, and is one of the most important towns involved in Champagne production, along withEpernay.
You’ll find lot’s to look at in the city, and it’s one of the best looked after inFrance, with vast open green spaces, all well looked after by a team of gardeners. Unlike many old cities,Reimsis well spaces out, and has wide open roads and avenues, making it a lovely place to go for stroll.
One of the easiest ways to get aroundReimsand the surrounding region is to hire a car, and you can book one online with us. The easiest way to visit is to jump on the Eurostar inLondon, change inParisand get the train intoReims. The trip should take around 4 hours in all, with the line from Paris recently turned into a high speed one and taking just three quarters of an hour. You can then pick your car up from the range of car rental firms located outside the station.
What to do when you hire a car in Reims
Cathedrale Notre Dame
The pride and joy of Reims, the huge cathedral has existed in one form or another since the 5th century, and was built in its current form on 1211. Charles VII had his coronation here with Joan of Arc in 1429, and the building itself was 800 years old in 2011. The UNESCO world heritage site was damaged during the first World War but was restored thanks to donations from the Rockefeller family in theUS. You can climb the 250 steps to the top of the tower if you feel like exerting yourself.
Yet another UNESCO world heritage site in the city, the 1212 meter long abbey was built in the 11th century, and was extended during the gothic 12 century giving it a distinctly different look at each end. Inside the church you can see the 96 candle chandelier, which was created in honour of the number of years St Remi was alive. His tomb is also found in the church.
Musee des Beaux-Arts
If you’re into art then this fantastic museum will flat your boat. Home to one of only four copies of The Death of Maret, by Jacques-Louis David, the museum is housed in an 18th century abbey and the building itself is every bit as stunning as the art it houses.