Châlons-en-Champagne, just as the name suggests...
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It is hard to believe that the Marne region’s prefecture - proudly sporting the word Champagne in its name and referred to as the Sparkling Venice - is actually best known as a “garden town” or “town of waterways and greenery”. However, this is less contradictory than it might seem...

Let's imagine Châlons…sur-Marne in the 19th century. Surrounded by a thousand hectares of vines and boasting a dozen or so Champagne Houses, the town is a rival to Épernay. However, phylloxera would soon destroy both the vineyards and the vibrant wine industry, and the town then changed its focus to become an administrative centre. 

Founded in 1825, the House of Joseph Perrier is the only surviving Champagne House from that period. Housed in a former coaching inn built against a chalk hill, it boasts a 3-km network of single-level galleries, some of which date back to the Gallo-Roman era, providing ideal conditions in which to age Champagne. These exceptional cellars are undoubtedly some of the finest - and possibly the most inspiring - of the entire Champagne region. 


However, modern-day Châlons-en-Champagne is also home to a number of gardens - Petit Jard, Grand Jard and Jardin anglais - providing more than 15 hectares of urban green spaces and 100km of circular walks in the surrounding area. Other attractions include the Mau and Nau rivers, where tourists can take a pleasure cruise, discovering the historic heart of the town from an original and surprising angle. 

The town also boasts the Church of Notre-Dame-en-Vaux and Basilica of Notre-Dame de l'Epine (located 8km further east), both included in UNESCO's World Heritage List as part of the Santiago de Compostela Pilgrim Way.

Châlons-en-Champagne is still renowned today for its fair, traditionally held in early September. This is France's second largest agricultural and trade show after the Paris Agricultural Show (in terms of number of admissions). 


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Châlons-en-Champagne Tourist Office

3, quai des Arts – 51000 Châlons-en-Champagne

Tel.: +33 3 26 65 17 89


The place where Champagne was born
Les circuits des cadoles des Riceys
Grauves panoramic viewpoint
Les Riceys panoramic viewpoint
Château-Thierry American Monument
Leboeuf Champagne House, known as the Pressoir Henri IV
Battles of the Marne Memorial (1914-1918) in Dormans
Hautvillers Abbey (in Hautvillers)
Distant horizons
Outstanding built heritage along its entire length
A bird's eye view of the town and hillsides
Philipponnat Champagne House (Mareuil-sur-Aÿ)
Billecart-Salmon Champagne House (Mareuil-sur-Aÿ)
Château de Montebello (Mareuil-sur-Aÿ)
Hôtel Guyot (now the Maison Belle Époque)
The Sainte-Hélène press house in Hautvillers
Vranken-Pommery Champagne House (Reims)
Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin Champagne House (Reims)
Moët & Chandon Champagne House (Épernay)

G.H. Martel & Co Champagne House (Reims)
Bollinger Champagne House (Aÿ)
Coopérative Générale des Vignerons – COGEVI (Aÿ-Champagne)
Cité-jardin du Chemin Vert (Reims)
Mission Coteaux, Maisons et caved de Champagne

Mission Coteaux, Maisons et caves de champagne C/O, Agence d'urbanisme de Reims, Place des droits de l'homme CS 90 000 51084 Reims CEDEX FRANCE

+33 (0)3 26 77 42 89

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