The former name of Châlons-en-Champagne was Chalons-sur-Marne. The city was renamed to its current name in 1998. The city is situated on the right bank of river Marne in the middle of the vast Champagne country. Some rivulets of Marne flow through Châlons-en-Champagne city. The city is a vital commercial and administrative centre and it is home to the University of Reims. It has a strong industrial sector where electrical and mechanical machinery is produced. The industries also manufacture detergents and automotive parts.
The city has experienced some battles, examples being the battle of the Catalaunian that was in AD 451 between the Huns and the Attila, but the Huns were defeated. Then came the World Wars, which badly damaged the city, but amazingly its cathedral and some Gothic churches remained intact. Another ancient architectural structure is the arts and crafts school.
Getting Around Châlons-en-Champagne
This city that has had its good share of medieval wars hold a lot of history to be explored. On arrival and after getting booked to your hotel, research on the various car hire companies that offer different rates according to the visitor’s budget. The cost of hiring a car per day ranges from 4 Euros to 28 Euros based on the company that you will hire from. Remember that per day rates are based on a minimum of 14 days rental, and hence you will need to budget and choose wisely to spend within your budget. Driving yourself around Châlons-en-Champagne is the best way to enjoy your holiday and sightseeing in this city. Get to various locations like the old bridges, public gardens and remarkable churches at your own convenience.
What to See in Châlons-en-Champagne
Most of the remarkable ancient sites that you will visit in Châlons-en-Champagne are churches and cathedrals that date back to the 12th century, and they are explained below.
Notre-Dame-en-Vaux Church – In the 12th Century this was a place of pilgrimage. It is nowadays a part of UNESCO World Heritage. This church was constructed in 1157 and 1217.
Saint-Alpin – You will need to visit this church, which is considered the oldest in Châlons-en-Champagne. It was rebuilt in Gothic style in 1170.
Saint Etienne’s Cathedral – The cathedral was built in the 12th century though it was later rebuilt in Gothic style. Its west facade is in Baroque style and some additional were included in the 17th century.
Cloister Museum of Notre-Dame-en-Vaux – The museum has remarkable sculptures that were excavated in 1960. Inside the hall, you will find a series of statues that represent prophets and other important biblical personalities.
Rue de Chastillon – It is a street that has the history of funny arrangements in terms of the individuals who resided there. The middle class who lived in the even numbered houses and their workers who lived in the odd numbered houses occupied this street. The houses are nowadays used as administrative offices like number 2 that houses the Chamber of Commerce and Industry and house number 10 that houses the Regional Chamber of Commerce.
Town Museum – It has a huge collection of attractive pieces like the sculpted figure of Blanche of Navarre that dates back to the year 1252 and a sculpted head of John the Baptist.
Place Nearby to Visit
For camping lovers, Camp de Châlons-en-Champagne is the place to be. Here you will enjoy many activities that include sports like golf, billiards and fishing. There is private parking and free WiFi access at the reception. You will enjoy a stay in a mobile home that comes equipped with all the requirements that you will need in a house like a bathroom that has a shower, a wardrobe and a desk. The campsite is 48 kilometres from Reims Airport.