The historic province of Champagne in Eastern France is famous for the sparkling wine of the same name that couples toast each other with on their wedding day and celebs down by the bottleful. A mix of historic towns and villages set amongst beautiful countryside, the area of Champagne and the east of France is idyllic, yet is within reach of both Paris and Disneyland Paris for a fun packed holiday the whole family will love.
Eastern France is made up of four regions, Alsace, Lorraine, Burgundy and of course Champagne. Visit Strasbourg, the German influenced capital of Alsace and admire its pink cathedral and grand 19th century houses. The Burgundy region is famous for its vineyards and the wine they produce. There’s also 1,200 kilometres of rivers and canals to explore plus the romantic town of Dijon, littered with picture-perfect medieval and Renaissance buildings to discover.
Although the official capital of Champagne is Châlons en Champagne, the university city of Reims is the main city of the region. With its Gothic cathedral and the Basilique Saint Rémi, the largest Romanesque church in France, Reims is an impressive looking city begging to be explored. Take a champagne cellar tour at Taittinger, before heading to Le Continental to enjoy dinner and a glass of champagne or two. Another great place to eat out, if you can get a table, is Le Bocal, a tiny seafood and fish restaurant.
Travel 15 miles from Reims and you will find the small town of Epernay nestled amongst vineyards and home to champagne producers Moët & Chandon. Marvel at the 16 tonne oak press that dates back to 1630, as well as the 100 year-old champagne producing equipment at the Musé de la Vigre et du Vin. For fanciful French cuisine grab a table at restaurant Patrick Michelan where truffles are the speciality.
Another must see place to visit on a holiday to Eastern France is the hill town of Langres at the southern end of Champagne. Considered to be the ‘Carcassonne of the north’, its ancient stone buildings are protected by ramparts that date back some 900 years. It’s the perfect place for a photo opportunity.
Away from the towns and villages of Champagne and Eastern France there’s 5,000 kilometres of footpaths to hike, cycle or go horse riding along – just make sure you’ve packed your walking boots.
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