A two-day break:
Two days is just enough time to get a good taste of what Troyes has to offer. The Campanile Troyes Sud-Bucheres Hotel is but 6km from the city centre. A walk around this centre is a must, being considered by many to be one of the most beautiful medieval towns in all of France, full of tiny winding roads and beautiful 16th- and 17th-century timber homes. When looked down upon from the sky, the trees and canals that surround the centre part of the city form the shape of a champagne cork: perfectly fitting for the region! All in all, Troyes is made up of 11 quarters, the most populated and lively being the Les Chartreux quarter. Despite a history of wars and fires, most of the city’s patrimony has been preserved throughout the years. The city boasts 42 monuments, 35 of which are located within the “Champagne Cork”. Definitely stop by the Hôtel de Ville (City Hall) which was built between 1624 and 1672. Its Helmeted Minerva statue is one of the rare monuments to have the original engraved Revolution motto still in its original state: “Unité Indivisibilté de la République – Liberté, égalité, fraternité ou la mort” (Unity Indivisibility of the Republic – Liberty, equality, fraternity or death). Other hot spots are the Lion Noir (Black Lion) Hotel, with its gorgeous wooden spiral staircase, the Henry I of Champagne Hotel, which now belongs to Troyes University, or other once private-owned houses like the Hotel de Marisy or the Hotel de Mauroy.
A week-long stay:
For a longer stay you can visit more of the religious sights such as the Saint Pierre and Saint Paul of Troyes Cathedral, which is considered to be one of the city’s more important monuments ans which houses the city’s diocese. The Saint Urbain Basilica was built in the gothic style from the 13th to 20th centuries, and the Saint Nizier Church, built around the same time, is adorned with gorgeous stained-glassed windows representing the passion. Spend some of your time just wandering the beautiful streets, which are also rich with medieval architecture. Known as the narrowest street in the entire city, the Ruelle des Chats (the alley of cats) actually get vertically narrower, because residents of its houses would build their higher floors with more and more of an overhang to get more room. Taxes at the time were also based solely on the area of the ground floor. The Emile Zola street has been, since the middle ages, the major commercial street in Troyes. It was renovated in 2003-2004. The rest of your time can be spent visiting some of the many museums, such as the MAM (Modern Art Museum), the House of Tools and of the Working Mind, or the Vauluisant Museum (which is comprised of both the city’s historical museum and the Hosiery museum).
A family holiday:
Your entire family will enjoy what Troyes has to offer. If you get tired of tourist spots, you can visit the close-by Orien Forest Regional Natural Park, which extends over 200 acres and is one of the first public natural parks created in France.