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Châlons‑en‑ChampagneAt water level


Châlons-en-Champagne is a peaceful and pleasant town with two attractive squares lined with cafés and half-timbered houses. Crisscrossed with rivers and canals, the town has earned the nick-name of ‘Sparkling Venice’. Châlons also boasts three parks, the Petit Jard, the Grand Jard and the Jard Anglais, ideal for walking, relaxing and picnicking.

Beautiful Notre-Dame-en-Vaux

Châlons is renowned for its stained-glass windows, and fine examples can be seen in the gothic Cathedral of Saint Etienne and in the Notre- Dame-en-Vaux collegiate church, classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The carillon comprises 56 bells making it one of the biggest in Europe. The Musée des Beaux Arts et d’Archéologie contains some very interesting fine art and archaeology collections.

The only school for contemporary circus arts in France

The town is home to the only school for contemporary circus arts in France, the National Centre for Circus Arts (Centre National des Arts du Cirque, or CNAC). At the beginning of June, Châlons organizes the annual Festival des Furies dedicated to circus arts, during which the town comes to life with street performances, special shows and circus arts demonstrations.

Did you know ?

Châlons-en-Champagne has earned the nick-name of ‘Sparkling Venice’.

A thousand ways to discover Châlons-en-Champagne…

Would you like to discover the city and the unique heritage ? The tourist office of Châlons-en-Champagne will advise and support you in the organization of your stay !


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An original discovery of the city

The Mau and the Nau rivers form the frame to an original tour, in an electric motor boat. A perfectly smooth trip on which to discover the town’s architecture and scenery, all its charms revealed to you. As you move along the water, you soon start to see how the beautiful town of Châlons got its nickname, “the Venice of Champagne”.
Steered by a pilot-guide, you’ll come across the old and elegant Sainte-Marie convent, with its characteristic chequered walls of white limestone and red brick, and the Archers’ bridge, a fortified structure dating back to the time of Henri IV, where you’ll notice the bartizan attached at its centre.
Some of the bridges have evocative names: Pont des Mariniers (“Sailors’ Bridge”), Pont de la Petite Poissonnerie (“Bridge of the Little Fish Shop”), and even the mysterious Pont de Putte-Savate…

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