What to see in Champagne Country
Champagne Country Attractions
Unsurprisingly, the most popular thing to do in Champagne Country is drink champagne, but the region has plenty to offer visitors and the attractions in Champagne Country are varied. The region is interesting from a military history perspective and has many military monuments, museums and battlefields. Despite heavy bombing of the cities during World War II, there is also still some stunning medieval architecture to be found.
A great deal of the popular things to see and do in Champagne Country do revolve around the region's famous bubbly and for those looking to tour and taste in champagne centres Epernay and Reims are the best places to head. Epernay hosts many of the great champagne houses and you can tour the cellars of both Moët et Chandon and Mercier. In Reims the Maison de Pommery, Mumm and Verve Clicquot, among others, wait to entertain guests. Both of these cities, though ancient, have suffered from wartime destruction and now seem industrial and modern, but they do have some gems for the historical sightseer, like the magnificent Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Reims, where dynasties of French monarchs were crowned.
The quaint and well-preserved old town of Troyes, which dates back to the Roman era, gives visitors an idea of how the grand cities of the region must once have looked and is jam-packed with picturesque old buildings and interesting museums, as well as several incredible churches.
Amiens is a good base from which to explore the battlefields, cemeteries and memorials of World War I, but possibly the best place from which to explore battle sites in the Champagne Country is the industrial town of Chateau-Thierry, where the surrounding countryside has borne witness to great battles during both World Wars. Here you can find the WWI Aisne-Marne American Cemetery and the Belleau Wood battlefield, among other moving sites.
Amiens is the ancient capital of Picardy and lies on the River Somme, 75 miles (121km) north of Paris and 65 miles (105km)…
Château-Thierry is an industrial town 55 miles (89km) east of Paris on the River Marne. The surrounding countryside…
Epernay, along with Reims, is one of the great centres of champagne production; dug into the chalk beneath the town are…
A visitor's first impression of Reims (pronounced Rhance) is of a sprawling industrial town peppered with concrete…
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