8 great ideas for celebrating springtime in Champagne.

There’s more to Champagne than, well, champagne... Visiting its wine cellars in the run-up to Christmas is all good and well, but going and savouring the return of spring is better!

Hit the beach

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It’s not the first thing that crosses your mind, but it’s true: there’s a beach in Champagne. It’s at Lake Der, Europe’s biggest man-made lake – a modest 48km² – and it’s the perfect way to welcome back the sun!

Picnic among the vines

The perfect spot? Hautvillers, the birthplace of champagne. Pay your respects at Dom Pérignon’s grave. Then with your pic nic basket in one hand and your loved one in the other head throught the lush vines and have lunch on the grass.

Leave your man at Monsieur

Beard, goatee, moustache, or clean shaven, drop your man off at Monsieur, the barber of Reims. First they apply a menthol lotion, then the shaving foam goes on with the shaving brush, and a hot towel and squirt of aftershave top things off... Old school!

Treetop tipple

Ususally, its the champagne that goes to your head. Not this time. The Perching Bar has hung its champagne buckets and seats 6m up, slap bang in the middle of Verzy forest. You’ll have to work for your drink!

Get into glamping

Glamping is just like camping, but with a dash of glamour and comfort. In Bar-sur-Aube, glamping means strolling through the forests, nights by the fire, and midnight dips in the lake, but you ditch the tent and sleeping bag for a cosy real bed in a retro wooden caravan.

Ride through the forest

Thankfully, fox-hunting has gone out of fashion. But there’s nothing stopping you from enjoying a horse ride through the forest of the Der estate. Seasoned riders: choose your mount. Prefer to ride in lordly style? Your carriage awaits...

Sample Art Déco

After the First World War, Reims needed to rebuild. And it chose to do so in the Art Déco style. Take advantage of the first days of fine weather to explore the city along the “Art Déco” trail. Just follow the orange signs designed by Philippe Starck.

Get your dose of green

The coulée verte (green strip) is an 18km path along the Vesle. On foot, by bike, or on skates, the towpath will take you to the Grenouilles, Roseraie, and Cerisaie parks. In the allée des Tilleuls, an educational trail awaits the youngest visitors.

Getting to Champagne