A French jewel – the Champagne region

Portion of Reims Cathedral Chi King/Flickr

Portion of Reims Cathedral ©Chi King/Flickr

The historic province of Champagne can be found in the northeastern part of France. Today the region is best known for the sparkling drink – the champagne. Most of the historic province makes part today of the Champagne-Ardenne region. It is divided into four fantastic departments: Ardennes, Haute-Marne, Marne and Aube. All of these departments include fascinating tourist destinations and visitor attractions, both natural and cultural. Reims with its magnificent cathedral, Epernay, Hautvillers, Revin and Asfeld are just some of the best-known destinations of Champagne. If you would like to find out more about the region, read my guide below. I will present you this French jewel – the Champagne region.

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The department of Ardennes is famous for its natural sights. It is characterized by rolling hills, extensive forested areas and rough terrain. The Ardennes mountain range and the basin of the Moselle River are very attractive areas.

Besides the natural wonders of the region (which are very popular among nature-lovers), the city of CharlevilleMézières is a great tourist destination. The beautiful city lies on the banks of the Meuse River, which makes it even more attractive. Besides its beautiful architectural jewels, the city is famous for the marionette festival that has been held here since 1961.

Forest in the Ardennes O.Ortelpa/Flickr

Forest in the Ardennes ©O.Ortelpa/Flickr


The Haute-Marne department is not a tourist-crowded region, but it is famous for housing innumerable highlights. The fortified town of Langres, the beautiful Renaissance castle of Joinville, the Cirey-sur-Blaise castle, the village of Colombey-les-deux-Églises, the Lake Der-Chantecoq (one of the largest artificial lakes in Europe) and the village of Colombey-les-deux-Églises where Charles De Gaulle lived are all important visitor attractions of the department.

Landscape in the Haute-Marne department Alexandre Prévot/Flickr

Landscape in the Haute-Marne department ©Alexandre Prévot/Flickr


The department of Marne is the most attractive area of Champagne. The highlight of the department is the beautiful city of Reims with its gorgeous cathedral. The Cathedral of Reims (Notre Dame de Reims) is one of the most beautiful French cathedrals, being a masterpiece of French Gothic. The immense cathedral is a major tourist attraction of Marne.

Besides the cathedral, the city of Reims includes other famous sights, too like churches, monuments, forts and others. Other highlights of Marne are Epernay, Châlons-en-Champagne and the Parc Naturel Régional de la Montagne de Reims.

Portion of Reims Cathedral Chi King/Flickr

Portion of Reims Cathedral ©Chi King/Flickr


The fourth department of the region is Aube. Aube is a very attractive area, being famous for its gastronomy and cultural heritage. From museums to monuments, from theatres to churches and from abbeys to natural attractions, the department offers a large variety of tourist attractions.

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