Mis à jour le 25 avril 2012
The capital of the Champagne-Ardenne is like the famous wine produced on its land: friendly and bubbly.
The city owes its name to the Gallic people of Chalons, installed on the oppidum called Attila’s camp. A military town since Roman times, Chalons developed at the crossroads of the Via Agrippa, which links Milan to Boulogne-sur-Mer and the Marne. In the Middle Ages, the manufacture of woollen cloth sold throughout Europe during the Champagne Fairs ensures its reputation.
For a short while, the city was known as Chalons-sur-Marne but in 1998, reverted back to its original name of Chalons-en-Champagne. The city has since consolidated its position as regional capital.
Every summer, the tourist office offers visitors to embark on the Mau and the Nau for an unusual stroll in the city. 13 streams pass through the town and gather hikers and anglers along the quiet trails. The gardens of the city centre are an invitation for relaxation: the Petit Jard and its public arboretum, the Grand Jard and its bandstand and the Jard Anglais. Each year, on the last Sunday of June, the Municipality organizes a family event in these areas.
Chalons-en-Champagne beats to the rhythm of its festivals: music, circus, carnival and street theatre.
It houses the National Centre of Circus Arts, the only public school in Europe. This programming is complemented by the performances of the Comet Theater, national stage, and the “Entre-sort” of Furies.
Use your stay in the land of Champagne to taste the wine of kings in the cellars of Joseph Perrier or on the terraces of the countless cafes.