Embark on a seamless journey with our private transfers from Reims to CDG Airport, and from CDG to the picturesque towns of Amiens and Epernay. Reims, known for its grand Notre-Dame Cathedral and the Palace of Tau, stands as a monument of Gothic architecture and history. Amiens boasts the breathtaking Amiens Cathedral and the charming "hortillonnages" floating gardens, offering a blend of natural beauty and architectural marvels. Epernay, the heart of the Champagne region, invites you to explore its renowned Avenue de Champagne, lined with opulent estates and extensive wine cellars. Our professional, comfortable transfer service ensures that your journey to these historic and cultural landmarks is as enjoyable as the destinations themselves, providing a perfect start or finish to your exploration of France's rich heritage.
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Desire a cultural journey blending relaxation and discovery? Consider visiting Reims. Here, you will encounter renowned landmarks such as the Saint-Rémi Basilica, the Notre-Dame de Reims Cathedral, and the Palais de Tau. These significant historical and touristic sites are must-see attractions while in the region. Are you eager to delve deeper into art? Stop by the Saint-Rémi Museum, where you'll find local antiquities and art exhibits year-round. For a simple escape, a leisurely stroll through the city and its quaint streets adorned with striking facades can be quite satisfying. The ambiance in Reims is distinctively unique and extraordinary.
History of Reims and its surroundings
Neolithic Origins and Gallic Influence
Archaeologists have discovered evidence of human existence in Reims dating back to the Neolithic Age. Located in the department of Marne, eastern France, Reims was a significant Gallo-Roman settlement during antiquity. The city, 144 kilometers from Paris, derives its name from the Gallic people of Remes, whose territory encompassed the Seine, Marne, and Meuse. These Gallic people chose to align with Julius Caesar, maintaining allegiance to the Roman Empire throughout the Gallic war. According to some historians, these people were of Celtic origin. In the ancient era, Reims suffered invasions by the Vandals, a Germanic tribe, and later by the Huns, before submitting to the Frankish King Clovis.
Birthplace of the Carolingian Dynasty
Historian Gregory of Tours identifies Reims as the genesis of the Carolingian dynasty. During the 5th century, King Clovis and 3,000 soldiers were baptized in Reims at the site of the present-day Notre-Dame Cathedral. This baptism marked the beginning of Reims as the coronation seat of French kings. The city flourished during Louis XIV's reign, coinciding with Champagne's rising popularity. However, Reims had been trading fabrics long before the invention of this sparkling beverage in the 17th century.
The Industrial Revolution and its Impact
The Industrial Revolution saw the Reims population triple within its first year. This industrial and demographic surge stimulated the construction of opulent mansions. The First World War heavily affected Reims, with the city suffering more than 60% destruction from German Army bombardment. An estimated 300 shells targeted the Reims Cathedral, making it aptly named the Martyrs' Cathedral. The city lost 5,000 inhabitants during the 1914 war and was liberated at the end of the Battle of Marne.
End of World War II and Beyond
During the final months of World War II, Reims hosted the signing of the Nazi capitulation at Lycée Franklin Roosevelt. The city's architecture reflects its diverse history and interactions with various European cultures. Gallo-Roman remains, medieval monuments, and World War I and II museums contribute to its unique and eclectic architecture. This distinctiveness stems from the efforts of several hundred architects responsible for the city's reconstruction during the inter-war period. Reims, one of the cradles of aeronautics, has hosted several aviator meetings since the early 20th century. The city was also the location of some of the first international air rallies.
Reims tourist center: visit the cathedral, the museum and the Mars Gate
From Gallo-Roman remnants to medieval landmarks, along with the traces of both World Wars, Reims is a thriving tourist destination offering ample accommodations for tourists and students alike.
Reims Cathedral: A Gothic Marvel
The Notre-Dame Cathedral of Reims, one of the oldest Gothic structures, has been the coronation site for French kings since King Clovis's conversion. Located at Place Cardinal de Luçon, it is listed as a World Heritage Site. The first cathedral in Reims was established in the 5th century and renovated during the 13th century. Despite fires, some 13th-century stained-glass windows remain intact. The cathedral, which houses a choir of adults and children, is open to visitors year-round.
The Mars Gate: A Roman Legacy
This Roman arch, once an access point to the ancient city, remains visible today. Named after the God Mars, to whom a temple was dedicated, the Mars Gate was erected in the third century and was declared a historical monument in 1840.
The Rendition Museum: A Window into World War II
Founded by the city of Reims in 1985, the Rendition Museum commemorates Nazi Germany's surrender on May 7th, 1945, marking the end of World War II. The Rendition Room, declared a historical monument on December 31st, 1985, is an essential stop for those interested in military or art history.
Which are the hotels in Reims offering excellent location, 3 stars and equipped rooms ?
Cecyl Hotel: Charm and Modernity
Cecyl Hotel, a 2-star establishment, perfectly marries modernity with a nod to the old-world charm, its rooms echoing the decor found at the Museum of Fine Arts. With double rooms starting from €85, this hotel boasts a prime location in the city of Reims, less than a kilometer from the train station and close to major shopping centers.
Grand Hotel du Nord: Heart of the Cité des Sacres
Nestled in the heart of the Cité des Sacres, the Grand Hotel du Nord offers 49 rooms furnished with a bathroom, toilet, and flat-screen TV. With the Notre-Dame Cathedral just a 10-minute walk away, a stay at this 3-star hotel ensures an enriching experience in Reims.
Au Tambour: Serene Charm and Luxury
Au Tambour, a charming 4-star hotel, provides 24 rooms, each equipped with a flat-screen TV, and is ideally located near the city center offering a tranquil retreat. Guests can take advantage of its recently functional hammam or Turkish Baths. Rooms at Au Tambour can be rented for €89.
Discover the Notre-Dame Cathedral in Reims
History: The Cathedral Through the Ages
Originally founded by Bishop Nicaise of Reims at the start of the 5th century, the initial Reims Cathedral hosted numerous ceremonies, including the coronation of thirty-three French sovereigns, such as the baptism of King Clovis and the coronation of Louis the Pious and King Charles VII. Due to its deteriorated state, it was rebuilt in the 9th century, boasting a splendid interior adorned with gilding, mosaics, paintings, sculptures, and tapestries. After destruction by fire, Archbishop Albéric de Humbert initiated the construction of a new building in 1211. The structure faced another fire in 1481, but royal assistance allowed for restoration work. Since then, fleurs-de-lis have decorated the roof. The Great War of 1914-1918 brought significant damage, requiring reconstruction work financed through private funding.
Exploring Notre-Dame Cathedral in Reims
Notre-Dame Cathedral in Reims, one of the crowning achievements of European Gothic art, is dedicated to the Virgin Mary. With 2,303 statues, a concrete frame, modern stained-glass windows designed by Marc Chagall, and the four chapels surrounding the nave, the cathedral is a true masterpiece. Standing 150 meters long, 48 meters wide, and 87 meters high, it is considerably more imposing than Notre-Dame de Paris. Holding an important place in French history, it was registered on UNESCO's World Heritage List in 1991. The cathedral welcomes visitors daily from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., except during religious services.
Take a tour of the Palais de Pau
Reims is home to some beautifully preserved historical remains, one of them being the majestic Palais de Pau. This grand building is an essential destination when visiting the region.
Journey through Time
The Palais de Pau has roots in ancient Reims and has been renovated several times over the centuries. Following renovations in 1671 and 1710, it was transformed into the classical edifice we see today. The Palais de Pau holds a prominent place in French history. Numerous important figures of French monarchy were baptized and crowned here, making it a vital part of our historical narrative, renowned not only for its beauty but also for the historical significance of its outdoor space.
Planning Your Visit to the Palais de Pau
The Palais de Pau is accessible to the public at an affordable price - €8 for a regular ticket and €6.50 for a reduced ticket. Entrance is free for individuals under 25 and for people with disabilities. The museum is open every day except Monday, from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., and then again from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Exploring the Palais de Pau
A visit to the Palais de Pau offers guided tours to explore some of France's historical relics. Spend a few hours wandering through the various palace rooms, where you can appreciate the authentic tapestries and decorative accessories that give this palace its unique charm.
How to get by private van from Reims to Charles de Gaulle Airport ?
The journey from Reims to Roissy Charles de Gaulle Airport spans 144 kilometers and is comfortably traversed in a minivan. Your route takes you along the A4 highway, transitions onto the A344 via Jean Taittinger track, and then merges onto the A140. This direct transfer provides a seamless continuation of your travels from the historic city of Reims to your next destination from Paris' main international airport.