Reims

A new aquatic centre

Reims is a sporting, healthy and relaxing city with an interregional vocation in a period of changing territories. In this perspective, its future aquatic sports centre will be an asset for the future. From the quarter in which it will be set to the whole region, it will play a structuring role along with other equipment on the territory: the Auguste Delaune stadium in which are played the local club's Ligue 1 games, the Georges Hebert Stadium hosting this year the French athletics championships, the five swimming pools, the Barrot ice rink , the Rene Tys sports complex, the Leo Lagrange park and the brand new skate park as well as the future Central Park of Reims.

The idea is to make it possible for everyone to practice any discipline and to lastingly support the sports clubs of the city – four ice sports clubs, two swimming clubs, six scuba diving clubs – while developing a sporting project and asserting the identity and notoriety of Reims by hosting major sports events and creating a leisure park at the local, regional and interregional level.
A state of the art equipment in the quality of the facilities for competitive sport, the handling of the public and its polyvalence, the future aquatic centre aims at being exemplary.

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Stage town for the 12th time
Sub-prefecture of the Marne (51)
Population : 188,100 inhabitants (Rémois), 236,000 in Reims Métropole
Economy : Champagne Houses (120 kms of cellars), Cristal Union (sugar), Valeo (automotive equipment), Forbo Sarlino (fl ooring), University of Reims Champagne-Ardenne (22,000 students), Neoma Business School
Culture : cathedral, Saint-Rémi Abbey, Palace of Tau (UNESCO world heritage sites), Cathedral towers and Palace of Tau registered in the Centre des monuments nationaux, Museum of Fine Arts, The Museum of Surrender. Festivals: Fêtes Johanniques in honour of Joan of Arc, Sacres du Folklore Folk Festival, Les Flâneries musicales, music festival, A summer in the town, Festival
Elektricity (electronic music), Reims Jazz Festival, Les Bisqueers roses (LGBT) Reims Scènes d'Europe, Noëls de Champagne
Sport : Stade de Reims (football League 1), CCRB - Club Châlons-Reims Basketball (Pro B), Rallye Monte-Carlo historique, International Show Jumping, FISE Experience (extreme sports), “Reims à toutes jambes” (fi ve races on foot including a marathon). Events: French Athletics Championships (11-13 July)
Specialities : champagne, gingerbread, pink biscuits, Reims ham, Clovis mustards and vinegars
Sustainable Development : more than 100 km of cycle lanes, tram
Labels : City of Art and History, a 4 flowers city

Crowned sprinters

The Tour celebrated with champagne 11 times in the past on its production grounds. And almost each time, a sprinter was the one shaking the bottle. The last time was in 2010 and the stage winner was Alessandro Petacchi for one of his six stage wins on the Tour. Eight years before, Robbie McEwen had sealed the second of his 12 Tour stage victories.

Before them, Cyrille Guimard, Francis Castaing or Djamolidine Abdoujaparov were also crowned in the city of kings. In 1951, Reims was the finish of the first stage and Swiss Giovanni Rossi held the first yellow jersey of the edition finally won by his compatriot Hugo Koblet. Reims also handed two world crowns, in 1947 to Theo Middelkamp and in 1958 to Ercole Baldini. It is also the town of one of the greatest hopes of women's cycling, Pauline Ferrand-Prevot, multiple world champion in the youth categories and winner of the women's Fleche Wallonne this season.

Stage town for the 12th time
Sub-prefecture of the Marne (51)
Population : 188,100 inhabitants (Rémois), 236,000 in Reims Métropole
Economy : Champagne Houses (120 kms of cellars), Cristal Union (sugar), Valeo (automotive equipment), Forbo Sarlino (fl ooring), University of Reims Champagne-Ardenne (22,000 students), Neoma Business School
Culture : cathedral, Saint-Rémi Abbey, Palace of Tau (UNESCO world heritage sites), Cathedral towers and Palace of Tau registered in the Centre des monuments nationaux, Museum of Fine Arts, The Museum of Surrender. Festivals: Fêtes Johanniques in honour of Joan of Arc, Sacres du Folklore Folk Festival, Les Flâneries musicales, music festival, A summer in the town, Festival
Elektricity (electronic music), Reims Jazz Festival, Les Bisqueers roses (LGBT) Reims Scènes d'Europe, Noëls de Champagne
Sport : Stade de Reims (football League 1), CCRB - Club Châlons-Reims Basketball (Pro B), Rallye Monte-Carlo historique, International Show Jumping, FISE Experience (extreme sports), “Reims à toutes jambes” (fi ve races on foot including a marathon). Events: French Athletics Championships (11-13 July)
Specialities : champagne, gingerbread, pink biscuits, Reims ham, Clovis mustards and vinegars
Sustainable Development : more than 100 km of cycle lanes, tram
Labels : City of Art and History, a 4 flowers city

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Places to see

Fort de la Pompelle Museum

The site reopened to the public for the celebrations of WWI in Reims. Symbol of the heroic resistance of the French army on the Champagne front, it aims at becoming a memorial worthy of the darkest but also the most glorious hours of the conflict. The Museum owns the second largest collection of items from WWI: models in military gear, guns and military

Architecture of Reconstruction and Peace

Almost entirely destroyed in 1918, Reims displays in the heart of the city an architecture of reconstruction finally acknowledged in recent years. Some buildings are typical of the 1920 and 30s – the Art Deco Carnegie library, the Reims Opera house or the Boulingrin Market and its concrete vaults, revolutionary in the late 1920s. Several post-WWII buildings also hold a historical interest like the hall in which the 1945 abdication was signed or the invaluable Notre Dame de la Paix chapel, the work of Japan's Leonard Tsuguharu Foujita in the 1960s

St Remigius Basilica, Notre-Dame cathedral

It is impossible to pass through Reims without a stop at the St Remigius basilica, the adjacent abbey, the Notre-Dame cathedral or the Tau Palace. Reims is and will remain the city where the kings of France were crowned. It is the town in which St Remigius christened Clovis, king of the Franks, but also the town in which more than 30 kings were also crowned.
Listed as World Heritage sites by UNESCO, the basilica, the cathedral and the palace are striking examples of the Royal Reims. In the summer, the Dream of colours lightshow on the façade of the cathedral is an invitation to a colourful journey through time.

Champagne cellars

Reims owns an industrial heritage and a network of cellars of exceptional value. The city bids for another World Heritage listing in 2015 for the hillsides, houses and cellars of Champagne. Chosen by the French government, the project is based on the most spectacular wine hillsides, the magnificent buildings erected by the houses of champagne on the St Nicaise hill in Reims and along the avenue de Champagne in Epernay, as well as the spectacular network of underground cellars and chalk quarries.

Days of War and Peace – A Franco-German look at art from 1910 to 1925

From September 14, 2014 to January 16, 2015, the exhibition coproduced by the Von der Heydt-Museum in Wuppertal and the Reims museum of fine arts displays the feelings of the artists shocked by the Great War. For the first time, a dialogue between German and French works sheds a new light on the tragedies of war.

Musée du Fort de la Pompelle © Jacques DRIOLMusée du Fort de la Pompelle © Jacques DRIOLLa bibliothèque Carnegie © Ville de ReimsL’Opéra de Reims © Jacques DRIOLLes Halles du Boulingrin © Jacques DRIOLBasilique Saint-Remi © Jacques DRIOLCathédrale Notre-Dame © Jacques DRIOLCathédrale Notre-Dame © Jacques DRIOL« Rêve de couleurs » © Jacques DRIOLVignobles © Jacques DRIOLCrayères Veuve Clicquot © Puget/Amarante-photogalerieCrayère Ruinart © Puget/Amarante-photogalerie
Stage town for the 12th time
Sub-prefecture of the Marne (51)
Population : 188,100 inhabitants (Rémois), 236,000 in Reims Métropole
Economy : Champagne Houses (120 kms of cellars), Cristal Union (sugar), Valeo (automotive equipment), Forbo Sarlino (fl ooring), University of Reims Champagne-Ardenne (22,000 students), Neoma Business School
Culture : cathedral, Saint-Rémi Abbey, Palace of Tau (UNESCO world heritage sites), Cathedral towers and Palace of Tau registered in the Centre des monuments nationaux, Museum of Fine Arts, The Museum of Surrender. Festivals: Fêtes Johanniques in honour of Joan of Arc, Sacres du Folklore Folk Festival, Les Flâneries musicales, music festival, A summer in the town, Festival
Elektricity (electronic music), Reims Jazz Festival, Les Bisqueers roses (LGBT) Reims Scènes d'Europe, Noëls de Champagne
Sport : Stade de Reims (football League 1), CCRB - Club Châlons-Reims Basketball (Pro B), Rallye Monte-Carlo historique, International Show Jumping, FISE Experience (extreme sports), “Reims à toutes jambes” (fi ve races on foot including a marathon). Events: French Athletics Championships (11-13 July)
Specialities : champagne, gingerbread, pink biscuits, Reims ham, Clovis mustards and vinegars
Sustainable Development : more than 100 km of cycle lanes, tram
Labels : City of Art and History, a 4 flowers city

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