Reims is easily accessible from both within France and from the rest of Europe. The city can be reached from Paris either by car via the A4, or by the TGV high speed train line, which takes only 45 minutes, with a number of Campanile hotels close by. Once in the city, the buses are reliable and regular, with taxis also readily available.
Reims may be famous for its champagne, but the food on offer is just as inviting. Many of the restaurants pride themselves on using the finest local produce. To accompany the bubbles, try the biscuits roses de Reims (pink rose biscuits) which can be bought across the city; the custom being to dip them into champagne.
One of the biggest spectacles is the annual Joan of Arc festival, which takes place in early June, to celebrate its heroine. The streets are filled with people parading in medieval outfits, with tournaments, music and fireworks to entertain spectators. The festival culminates in the march of Joan of Arc through the city’s streets.
Reims was the city in which the German army officially surrendered, at 2.41am on 7 May 1945. The surrender documents were signed at General Eisenhower’s supreme headquarters, which occupied Reims technical college. The map room, where the documents were signed, has been preserved and is part of the Museum of Surrender which can be visited at a low cost.