Your Essential Guide to Châlons-en-Champagne

Today, I bring you the highlights and must-visit spots of this hidden gem. Ready to dive into the best things to do in Châlons-en-Champagne?

Ah, the joy of discovering new places! When the Tourism Office extended an invitation to explore Châlons-en-Champagne, how could I refuse?

Let’s embark on this journey!

What to Do in Châlons-en-Champagne? Top Activities!

Often overshadowed by the renowned Epernay and Reims, Châlons-en-Champagne has its unique allure that’s just waiting to be discovered. As you weave through this guide, you’ll find my top picks and personal favorites, each one deserving of a spot on your travel itinerary.

Bonus: Many of the guided tours in Châlons-en-Champagne are free. Make sure to book through the Tourism Office, especially during the bustling summer months.

Sip and Savor: Top Champagne Destinations in Châlons-en-Champagne

No visit to this region is complete without delving into its rich champagne heritage. Here’s where you can immerse yourself:

Champagne Joseph Perrier: A Legacy in Every Bottle

Step into the world of Joseph Perrier, a family-owned champagne house with roots tracing back to the Gallo-Roman era. As the unique champagne house open for tours in Châlons-en-Champagne, it’s a must-visit, sitting proudly on the list of things to do in Châlons-en-Champagne.

When I find a place that resonates with me, I feel compelled to share its story. Joseph Perrier easily makes it to my elite list of Champagne region’s treasures.

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Champagne Carbot: Where History Meets Taste

Olga and Christophe Carbot, once in textiles and furniture, dreamt bigger—creating a champagne legacy. Enter the Carbot Museum, not just a museum, but a captivating journey through champagne’s rich history.

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You won’t find the usual cellar tours here. Instead, it’s an enlightening expedition into champagne’s legacy. Every stage, from grape growth to the intricate production process, is laid bare. With inspirations drawn from the Juglar house, the Carbots offer a unique peek into the winemaking craft of yesteryears.

Cap off this immersive experience with a rooftop tasting session of Champagne Carbot’s 5 cuvées, set against a backdrop that promises to leave you in awe. Hungry after? There’s a brasserie waiting to serve you some of Châlons-en-Champagne’s finest dishes.

Next, I have a serene spot to share, offering you a peaceful respite in the heart of the city. But for that, you’ll have to book your tour right away!

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But before we dive into Châlons’ dining scene, join me for a tranquil water break, a one-of-a-kind escape in the city.

Châlons-en-Champagne from the Waters: A Unique Voyage

Set sail with me on an exceptional journey that unveils Châlons-en-Champagne’s charms right from its serene waters.

The heartbeat of this remarkable city is the Marne, the river that gracefully meanders through the iconic Champagne region. Many a time, Romain, the girls, and I have cherished leisurely strolls and bike rides along its picturesque banks. But for those actively seeking out the best things to do in Châlons-en-Champagne, why not embrace the magic of Mau and Nau? These ancient water channels, branching out from La Marne, weave through the city’s very core.

Whether it’s a sunlit afternoon or a starry evening, the boat journey here provides a distinctive vantage point of the city. This venture is, without doubt, a highlight among things to do in Châlons-en-Champagne.

The Eau’dyssée Experience

The Eau’dyssée boat ride offers a rejuvenated perspective of Châlons-en-Champagne. It brings you face-to-face with monumental architecture while cradling you in nature’s embrace.

Witness the city’s historic bridges, the illustrious Sainte-Marie Convent, and the majestic Collégiale Notre-Dame-en-Vaux during your voyage. Easily, this ranks as a top-tier activity when discussing things to do in Châlons-en-Champagne.

And rest assured, your journey remains undisturbed throughout, thanks to the whisper-quiet electric boats. Especially during the summer, the canopy of plane trees casts a cool shadow, making the voyage even more delightful.

And while your eyes remain captivated by the scenery, let the guide’s narrative transport you back in time with tales of Châlons-en-Champagne’s intriguing past.

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Night’s Enchantment with Métamorph’eau’ses

While the daytime exploration stands out, the nocturnal Métamorph’eau’ses boat trip transcends into the realm of magic. Even though the route mirrors its daytime counterpart, the illuminated bridges and structures craft an ethereal setting.

Accompanied by Ondine’s enchanting narration and harmonious melodies, the history of Châlons unfolds.

Need further persuasion? When listing things to do in Châlons-en-Champagne after sundown, this experience undoubtedly tops the charts!

Post this waterborne journey, my feet instinctively led me through the city’s winding streets and hidden alleys, urging me to delve deeper into Châlons’ allure.

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Where to Wander in Châlons-en-Champagne?

Stroll in the Heart of Châlons-en-Champagne

Roaming the streets and alleys of a city is, for me, one of the most authentic ways to truly know it. It’s a chance to let your intuition guide you, witness exchanges between locals, or stumble upon hidden gems.

Take your time wandering the streets of Châlons-en-Champagne. Look up to marvel at the facades of Champagne houses and historic monuments – it’s a must-do among the things to do in Châlons-en-Champagne!

I fondly remember meandering down Rue de Chastillon, taking in half-timbered houses while enjoying the shade of trees and the river’s edge—a truly delightful moment.

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Paying homage to the town, the Châlons-en-Champagne Tourist Office is housed in a historic half-timbered house—worth a visit! Stop by for a warm welcome from their friendly team, and check out the exhibition room showcasing changing artworks.

To grab some souvenirs and local products, head over to Place de la République, the pedestrian heart of Châlons, where you’ll find boutiques, gourmet stores, and other treasures. It’s a lively spot, perfect for enjoying an aperitif or a quick bite between sights.

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Gardens of Châlons-en-Champagne

Continuing your journey, how about a green oasis? While I love exploring museums, Champagne houses, and historic sites, I equally cherish moments in the region’s lush gardens.

Spotting the Petit Jard during a boat ride immediately made me want to explore it on foot—a great decision indeed!

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More than just gardens, they are lively spaces frequented by the locals, whether they’re out for some fresh air, family fun, picnicking, or cycling.

At Petit Jard, you can find four statues representing the four seasons, blending perfectly into this botanical garden. Plant enthusiasts will appreciate the diverse species and significant trees on display.

For the little ones, they’ll be thrilled with the play area, a perfect pitstop before continuing the exploration of Châlons-en-Champagne!

At Grand Jard, the elegance of a French-style garden awaits you. With a vintage music pavilion hosting city events throughout the year, it’s a hub of activity.

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The presence of water from the adjacent canal adds a soothing touch. Don’t miss crossing the footbridge for a scenic view before heading to Jard Anglais, the park’s wilder section.

Visiting in summer? Make the most of Châlons Beach and its riverside “guinguette”, a fantastic spot to chill with family or friends.

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From sports to cultural events and magnificent green spaces, both Petit Jard and Grand Jard have things to do in Châlons-en-Champagne for everyone. Even teenagers can enjoy a break at the skate park while you relax on the grass.

The Circus and The Furies: A Must-Attend Festive Event

Whether you’re local or just visiting Châlons-en-Champagne, the Furies Festival is a yearly highlight you shouldn’t miss!

Throughout the city center, artist troupes set up performances, showcasing circus acts, dance, theatre, and other street arts. Each year brings contemporary showcases, highlighting budding artists eager to share with the town’s art-loving crowd.

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Cabu is a luminary in the realm of French editorial cartooning. Born in Châlons-en-Champagne, his caricatures, infused with humor and provocation, have resonated with generations. His influence extends beyond French borders, making him an international icon in the world of illustration.

The Duduchothèque, located in his hometown, is more than just an exhibit of his early sketches. It’s a sanctuary that honors his life, his journey, and the immense contribution he made to the art.

This space provides a deep dive into his evolution, from the doodles in his childhood room to the impactful drawings in mainstream media.

Constantly updated, the Duduchothèque offers an opportunity for both locals and tourists to reconnect with Cabu’s artistic world. And after exploring his legacy, visitors are encouraged to immerse themselves in the rich history of Châlons-en-Champagne—a must-do for anyone touring the city.

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Historical Heritage: Must-see Sites and Monuments in Châlons-en-Champagne

Notre-Dame-en-Vaux Collegiate Church

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The first must-see attraction in the city is the Notre-Dame-En-Vaux Collegiate Church, a monument listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Though you can explore the site on your own, with or without an audio guide, I highly recommend experiencing it with a tour guide. It’s truly an immersive experience! Beyond marveling at the architectural beauty, you’ll learn vital details about the history of this structure. It’s definitely worth it.

From the cloister to the spires, through the carillon with its 56 bells, this deep dive into Champagne’s history is magical. During my visit, I was even fortunate enough to be under the carillon when the bells rang. It was surreal!

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The structure itself is impressive, but the view of Châlons-en-Champagne through the period stained glass is absolutely breathtaking.

I won’t say more – I’ll let you be amazed during your visit!

The Sainte-Croix Gate

We continue the journey at another unique site: the Porte Sainte-Croix.

This magnificent triumphal arch was once the main entrance to Châlons-en-Champagne. Historically, it was called the Porte Dauphine in honor of Marie-Antoinette, who passed through here en route to marry Louis XVI.

For more secrets of this iconic place, a guide will ensure your visit is unforgettable.

Apart from diving into French history, visiting the Porte Sainte-Croix also offers a unique perspective of Châlons-en-Champagne with stunning views of the entire city. It’s a sight you won’t want to miss!

A heads-up for those with vertigo: the stairs can be quite narrow. If you’re unsure, best to admire the monument from ground level.

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Medieval Cellars in Châlons-en-Champagne

Before heading to the top eateries in Châlons-en-Champagne, let’s take one more trip back in time. In the heart of the city are the remains of medieval cellars.

It was intriguing to envision how 13th and 15th-century merchants stored goods, especially bottles of Champagne wine. Only accessible through guided tours and free of charge, these medieval cellars reflect both the city’s rich history and its significance in France.

While we’re used to seeing limestone caves packed with Champagne bottles, discovering these medieval cellars was a unique experience that I recommend to all.

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Top Restaurants in Châlons-en Champagne

La Maison de Marie Caroline

La Maison de Marie Caroline feels like a second home – a Champenois restaurant that instantly welcomes you.

With its lush green and floral ambiance, I always enjoy dining in this warm setting. Whether it’s a daily special or a seasonal dish, the food is always delightful!

Just like home, the décor changes with the seasons, from a beautifully adorned Christmas tree in winter to the fresh vibes of spring. It’s a lovely touch.

Restaurant in Châlons en champagne - Restaurant de Marie Caroline
Restaurant in Châlons en champagne - Restaurant de Marie Caroline

The best part? The menu items are exceptional, complemented by generous portions and top-notch service. In the afternoon, the space becomes a tea room, perfect for a cocktail break between sightseeing stops.

The secret to this place is the mother-daughter duo, Marie and Caroline, who have mastered the art of hospitality and homemade gourmet cooking.

Perfectly located near Châlons-en-Champagne’s attractions, make sure to reserve a table for a delicious break between your tours!

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Brasserie du Jard 

Perfect for family meals, Brasserie du Jard is a delightful dining spot where I had a wonderful meal during my exploration of Châlons!

Managed by the Champagne Carbot family, I can vouch that they excel at tantalizing your taste buds, both with their dishes and their Champagne selections. Whether seated indoors or on the patio, guests are warmly welcomed in this Champenois brasserie.

A special shout-out to their late dining options, which is great for those who prefer late lunches or dinners.

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Where to Stay in Châlons-en-Champagne

Though exploring Châlons-en-Champagne won’t take a week, I highly recommend spending a night here to fully soak in the ambiance.

Since you might want to enjoy a glass of champagne before heading back to your lodging, explore the varied options of downtown apartments, guest rooms, and hotels to find your ideal space.


How to Get to Châlons-en-Champagne?

Easily accessible from Epernay, Reims, and Paris, set your sights on Châlons-en-Champagne!

By car, take exit 17 Saint-Gibrien or exit 18 Mont-Choisy if you’re on the A26-E17 highway from Calais. If you’re on the A4 highway from Paris, take exit 27 La Veuve.

Whether by regional train or TGV, Châlons-en-Champagne’s train station, located just 10 minutes from the city center, connects to Epernay in just 15 minutes and Reims in 30 minutes. You can review this guide during the short ride!

For those who prefer bus travel, journey to Champagne with Flixbus and use Fluo Grand Est local lines to get around Châlons.

Pro tip: Book your train or bus tickets on Trainline to enjoy the best rates and make your travels smoother!

>>>Join us on the “Visiter la Champagne” group to plan your stay in the region while benefiting from recommendations from local residents who share their favorite places.<<<

Châlons-en-Champagne is a treasure trove of history, culture, and delightful gastronomy. I hope you enjoy your visit as much as I did!

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