Only a 40 minute train ride from Paris, Reims is truly one of the best places to visit in France. Although it is one of the popular day trips from Paris due to its proximity to the French capital, to enjoy Reims, you must stay longer than 6-8 hours. Before I delve into a bit of history, here is my interpretation of the very difficult Reims pronunciation: it sounds like rance (as in France) while you drag the r for a bit. Resist the temptation to say reems! The Reims Cathedral is the most city’s most famous attraction. After the coronation of King Henri I in 1027, he established Reims cathedral as the location for the coronations of French Kings. Thus Reims became known as the City of Kings. Almost all French kings were coronated in Reims, from Louis I Le Pieux in 816 until Charles X in 1825.
Reims is also known as the champagne capital. There are plenty of famous champagne houses such as Veuve Clicquot, Ruinart (the oldest established champagne house), Taittinger, Drappier & many more. Tours are available and fill up very fast, so make sure you book early if you want to tour their cellars and taste the bubbly. To get to the city, you can book your Paris to Reims (TGV) train ticket departing from Gare de L’est train station; booking early guarantees cheaper tickets. Gare de Reims is situated right near the city center, making the city even more accessible. Although many people caution against visiting France in August as the French go on holiday during that month, Reims is absolutely lovely in August. During the mornings, its so very quiet and empty, you feel as though you have the whole city to yourself. So here are some of the best things to do in the Reims, the City of Kings. Don’t forget to download some free apps to make your visit less stressful.