If you’re torn between champagne and the pleasures of the river, you’ll find your heart’s desire in Châlons-en-Champagne. Set in the midst of green fields, this little city in Marne will showcase its picturesque charm and heritage throughout your visit.
Châlons and its canals
Châlons is built on a labyrinth of canals and streams, so there’s water everywhere you look. You can board a little boat and acquaint yourself with what we all call our Sparkling Venice.
For a really out-of-the-ordinary visit, explore the city and its historical monuments on board a little electric boat. Flute of champagne in hand *, sit back and listen as your guide tells you all about the region’s history.
And in the evening, enjoy a show like no other anywhere else in Europe: Métamorph’eau’ses! A spectacle that combines sound-and-light with contemplation of the water as it flows by.
Luxuriant nature thrives in the city’s very heart, a haven of peace where you can truly get away from it all. The Jards are 3 gardens classified as historical monuments and located a stone’s throw from the city centre. Games area, panoramic views of Château du Marché, cultural activities and more besides… Châlons’ gardens – the Petit Jard, the Grand Jard and the Jard Anglais – invite you in for a well-earned relaxing break.
Heritage recognised by UNESCO
With its half-timbered houses dating back to the Middle Ages, Cathedral, medieval wine cellars and collegiate church inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List, Châlons can hold its own against its big sisters Reims and Epernay.
The Notre-Dame-en-Vaux collegiate church is certainly one of Châlons-en-Champagne’s most impressive buildings. Enjoy an interactive or audioguided tour to learn more about this architectural jewel.
You’re a history buff? Don’t miss out on Châlons-en-Champagne’s War on Screen Film Festival. Revolutions, wars, political conflicts, spy stories… Over 100 films are screened every year and just as many historical events highlighted!
Châlons et champagne
The city of Châlons has always had close ties with champagne. Between visits and tasting sessions, explore the region’s great estates that have been producing outstanding champagne for generations. Get to know Châlons’ winegrowers, who will be delighted to share their passion and the history of champagne with you.
* The abuse of alcohol is dangerous for your health. Consume with moderation.