How to Spend a Perfect Day in Reims with Itinerary Map

Notre-Dame Cathedral

Reims

Check Point
・World famous champagne town

・Cathedral where successive kings held their coronation ceremonies

・4 world heritage sites including cathedral

【City description】

It’s the city famous for the Champagne. There are champagne fields in the east of the city. The cathedral is the important place because the coronation for every French King took place. For the souvenir, the pink biscuit is famous and good with the champagne.

【Overall rating】

 ★★★★☆

【Time required】

 7 h 30

【Budget】

 24 euros

【Fatigue】

 ★★★★☆



Itinerary Map

Navigation

【Start】
①Reims Station

★When you leave the station, go through Colbert Square and enter Drouet d’Erlon Square. It takes 10 minutes by walk.

②Subé Fountain

★Continue to walk on the street and turn left at Libergier St when you find a cathedral over there. It takes 10 minutes.

③Art Museum

★Continuing along the street, there is a tourist information center on the left side of the square in front of the cathedral.

④Tourist Information Center

⑤Notre-Dame Cathedral

★Exit the cathedral and turn left into the palace next door.

⑥Palace of Tau

★The next destination is far from the city. If you don’t have time, you visit ⑨. If you continue the visit, go to Fuseliers St in front of the cathedral. Turn right at the end and turn left immediately to go to Gambetta St. It takes 15 minutes by walk.

⑦Saint-Rémi Basilic

⑧Saint-Rémi Museum

★Return to the city with the same route and turn right to go to Voltaire near the cathedral.

⑨Carnegie Library

★Go to the back of the cathedral and when you arrive at a parking of Forum Square, go to the right. It takes 10 minutes.

⑩Le Vergeur Museum

★Go to Colbert St from the square and when you arrive at the city hall, turn left and go to Thiers St. Then, go through a park and return to the station. It takes 15 minutes.

【Goal】
Reims Station


【If you have time…】
⑪Foujita Chapel

When returning to the station from ⑩, turn right at the main street and go straight. You will see it.


Downtown Map


Click the square mark on the top left of the map to see a list of tourist spots. If you open the enlarge button on the top right corner on your smartphone, this model course will be displayed on Google Maps along with its location information. You can also quickly return to this map from the table of contents in the sidebar (if using a smartphone, select “Go to table of contents” from the menu at the bottom of the screen).



【Start】

①Reims Station

Gare de Reims

★When you leave the station, go through Colbert Square and enter Drouet d’Erlon Square. It takes 10 minutes by walk.


②Subé Fountain

Subé Fountain

Time required: 5 min

Admission fee: 0 euro

It is a tall pillar-like fountain that stands at a street intersection. It was built in 1906 and has a golden statue on top. The lower part depicts the four rivers that flow through this region.


★Continue to walk on the street and turn left at Libergier St when you find a cathedral over there. It takes 10 minutes.


③Art Museum

Musée des Beaux-Arts

Time required: 90 min

Admission fee: 5 euros

Opening hour: 10 am – noon / 2 pm – 6 pm

Close: Tuesday, 1/1, 5/1, 11/1, 12/25

It is the city’s largest art museum, and the entrance is through a red door on a narrow street. Art Nouveau furniture and paintings from various eras are also on display, especially the works of Tsuguharu Fujita, who was baptized in this city.


★Continuing along the street, there is a tourist information center on the left side of the square in front of the cathedral.


④Tourist Information Center

Time required: 5 min

Admission fee: 0 euro

It is located in the square in front of the cathedral. Get your map here.


⑤Notre-Dame Cathedral

Notre-Dame Cathedral

Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Reims

Time required: 30 min

Admission fee: 0 euro

Opening hour: 7 h 30 am – 7 pm

Close: No

This is the main spot of this city, which is also registered as a World Heritage Site, and is where the coronation ceremonies of successive French kings have been held. It is the pinnacle of Gothic architecture and was constructed in the 13th century. The symmetrical exterior is decorated with carvings, and the “Smiling angel” at the left entrance is especially famous. The interior is simply decorated, but when you look back, you’ll see a beautiful rose window, and behind the altar there’s a blue stained glass designed by Chagall.

stained glass designed by Chagall


★Exit the cathedral and turn left into the palace next door.


⑥Palace of Tau

Palace of Tau

Palais du Tau

Time required: 60 min

Admission fee: 8 euros

Opening hour: 9 h 30 am – 6 h 30 pm
(9 h 30 am – 12 h 30 / 2 pm – 5 h 30 pm between September and April)

Close: Monday, 1/1, 5/1, 11/1, 12/25

Right next to the cathedral is the Religious Museum, which used to be the bishop’s residence and is also registered as a World Heritage Site. The cathedral’s treasures and giant tapestries are on display. Among them, the crown worn by the king is a must-see.


Reims’ famous Biscuit rose

biscuit rose

Reims is famous for its champagne, but its specialty is a pink biscuit called Biscuit rose. It looks cute and has a slightly sweet taste, making it the perfect accompaniment to champagne. Among them, the candy store Fossier is famous. Check out other specialties of the Lorraine Champagne region here! !


★The next destination is far from the city. If you don’t have time, you visit ⑨. If you continue the visit, go to Fuseliers St in front of the cathedral. Turn right at the end and turn left immediately to go to Gambetta St. It takes 15 minutes by walk.


⑦Saint-Rémi Basilic

Saint-Rémi Basilic

Basilique Saint-Remi

Time required: 15 min

Admission fee: 0 euro

Opening hour: 9 am – 7 pm

Close: No

The cathedral is the resting place of St. Remi, who was baptized by Clovis, the first king of the Kingdom of France, and is one of the world heritage sites. It has a very interesting exterior that incorporates Romanesque and Gothic styles. The interior doesn’t have much stained glass, but the huge chandelier in the center is impressive. Depending on the timing, it may be locked and you may not be able to enter, so be careful. We recommend checking with the tourist information center before going.


⑧Saint-Rémi Museum

Musée Saint-Remi

Time required: 60 min

Admission fee: 5.50 euros

Opening hour: 10 am – 6 pm

Close: Monday, 1/1, 5/1, 11/1, 12/25

This museum is located right next to the Saint-Rémi Basilic. It mainly displays exhibits from ancient times, and there are very few paintings. The building itself is also a highlight, with rooms lined with many pillars.


★Return to the city with the same route and turn right to go to Voltaire near the cathedral.


⑨Carnegie Library

Carnegie Library

Bibliothèque Carnegie

Time required: 15 min

Admission fee: 0 euro

Opening hour: 10 am – 1 pm / 2 pm – 7 pm
(open only in the afternoon on Thursday and Friday)

Close: Sunday, Monday, national holiday

Although it is a public library, you can see Art Deco decorations on the ceiling of the entrance. There is also a restroom in the basement, so it’s a good place to take a break.

★Go to the back of the cathedral and when you arrive at a parking of Forum Square, go to the right. It takes 10 minutes.


⑩Le Vergeur Museum

Le Vergeur Museum

Musée-Hôtel Le Vergeur

Time required: 60 min

Admission fee: 5.50 euros

Opening hour: 10 am – 6 pm
(you must participate in a guided tour which starts each o’clock)

Close: Monday, 1/1, 5/1, 11/1, 12/25

This museum can only be visited by guided tour. This is a museum that used to be the residence of a famous family that grew up producing champagne in this area. Furniture and other items are displayed, and you can learn about their lifestyle and history along with explanations.


★Go to Colbert St from the square and when you arrive at the city hall, turn left and go to Thiers St. Then, go through a park and return to the station. It takes 15 minutes.



【Goal】

Reims Station



【If you have time…】

⑪Foujita Chapel

Chapelle Foujita

Time required: 20 min

Admission fee: 5 euros
(you can buy a common ticket with this chapel and the art museum)

Opening hour: 10 am – noon / 2 pm – 6 pm between May and November

Close: Tuesday

This chapel was built by Tsuguharu Fujita with support from a champagne company. The interior is decorated with frescoes created by him, and Fujita himself and his wife are buried here. If you are heading there, it is best to go from ⑩ on the way back to the station.


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