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Champagne region France

The Champagne region in the north of France is of course the first place known for the champagne, the world-famous wine produced here. But also small and large cities like Reims, Châlons-en-Champagne, Epernay, Troyes and Langres make a weekend or holiday in the Champagne region worthwhile.

Champagne is a wine region in the north of France, known for its sparkling wines, which are the only ones in the world to be called “Champagne”. The region consists of two regions. In the north you will find cities like Reims, Epernay and Châlons-en-Champagne. In the more southern region you will find among others Troyes and Langres.

TROYES

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Troyes is a city that by chance has the shape of a champagne cork. It may not be immediately noticeable, but if you look at the historical centre on the map, you will no longer hesitate. Because the city is more southern than Reims, it is less visited during short holidays.

The city is popular because of a number of historic buildings, such as the Cathedral of St Pierre-et-St-Paul and the Museum of Modern Art. Just outside the city is the nature park Parc Naturel Régional de la Forêt d’ Orient, a park where you can walk quietly or do water sports.

In the streetscape of Troyes you can still see many authentic buildings with stained-glass windows and you will find some churches worth visiting. In the Église St-Panthaléon you will discover beautiful sculptures. The Gothic Cathédrale St-Pierre-et-St-Paul is home to an impressive interior set by the colourful light play of the stained glass windows.

As a historic capital, Troyes owes much of its glory to the markets in the Middle Ages and the prosperity of the Counts of Champagne. You will find unique half-timbered houses from that period. The funny thing is that these houses are often skewed, but in any case they are beautiful because of the bright colours.

It is also an art city, where craftsmanship flourishes very well. In the many museums and galleries there are beautiful works of art to admire. Troyes is also a true shopping paradise. The city has no less than 250 outlet stores.

Tip: don’t plan your visit on a Monday, because then all museums, churches and shops are closed!

REIMS

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Situated on the banks of the Vesle river, Reims has no fewer than four buildings listed on the Unesco World Heritage Site: the Notre-Dame Cathédrale, the Saint-Remi Basilique, the Tau Palais and the Saint-Remi Museum. With these beautiful historical constructions, Reims is a city that has a lot more to offer than just champagne.

The Roman remains bear witness to the wealth that the city used to have. In Reims you can visit the famous Gothic cathedral, stroll through a Roman triumphal arch and study the interior in a Carolingian basilica.

The cathedral of Notre-Dame is remarkable. During the 13th century it was rebuilt after a fire completely destroyed it. Not only the cathedral suffered from devastation, the whole city has been completely destroyed a number of times. The last destruction dates from 1918. The city was constantly rebuilt.

Now it possesses the structure that it also owned during the 17th-18th century. It is a pretty small town that you can easily discover on foot. The strategic location of this city made it a city of military importance in former times.

CHÂLONS-EN-CHAMPAGNE

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Châlons-en-Champagne is the capital of the Châlons-en-Champagne-Ardenne region. With the Gothic cathedral Saint-Etienne and Romanesque church Notre-Dame-en-Vaux with its beautiful stained-glass windows, you can also visit structures that are unique enough for a place on the Unesco list. Châlons-en-Champagne is a city with lots of greenery. You can see this at the city park’ Le Petit Jard’ and the surroundings by the water.

Tip: Take a boat trip on the Marne. This gives you a unique view of the authentic medieval buildings from the river!

EPERNAY

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Epernay, located on the Marne, can be seen historically as the centre of champagne production. All the grape varieties needed for champagne can be found here. You can also walk through the Avenue De Champagne. This is a district with only champagne producers and traders. You will find stately and impressive houses, originally built to impress the French royal house.

Underneath the city are miles of underground corridors where the champagne is stored. Champagne houses often give guided tours through their cellars.

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Be excited:

Moët & Chandon, the oldest champagne house;
Mercier, where you will be guided through the cellars with a panoramic lift and a train;
The small winegrowers, who mainly run family farms and brew the best champagne wines.

LANGRES

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Langres is located on the Plateau of Langres where several rivers such as the Seine, Aube, Marne and the Meuse spring out. Langres is one of the best maintained cities in France. Thanks to very intact architectural monuments including the fortifications around the old town, you can walk through history almost literally.

Take a walk along the ramparts of the city and pass by the 12 establishment tower, the 13th century Saint-Martin church and the 7 gates, including’ La Porte Gallo-Romaine’. Soon you will have a nice walk of 3.5 km on it, because that is the length of the city wall.

 

 

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City trip Paris

Paris: the city of light, the city of love, a city full of art, culture and history and above all, one of the most beautiful cities in the world . This legendary city hardly ever needs an introduction. After all, Paris is the most popular city in Europe, and with a good reason. This French capital has an endless amount to offer in the field of art and culture, but also culinary enthusiasts and fanatical shoppers can indulge themselves. Time for a city trip to Paris.

DISCOVER THE MAIN ATTRACTIONS OF PARIS

Whether it’s your first, second or tenth time, a visit to places of interest such as the Eiffel Tower, Notre-Dame and Sacré-Coeur must not be missed during a city trip in Paris. As far as we are concerned, these three highlights are always worth the effort because there is always something else to see and do.

EIFFEL TOWER IN THE DARK

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Visit the Eiffel Tower when it’s dark, every evening between 21.00 and 0.00, all the lights on the Eiffel Tower will blink every hour. Hundreds of people, many of them couples, gather around the Eiffel Tower to see this small spectacle. With a rug and a bottle of bubbles, you make it a picnic in one of the parks (Champ-de-Mars or Trocadero) around the Eiffel Tower.

NOTRE-DAME

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Around the Notre-Dame you take a lovely walk, read a booklet on one of the many benches and enjoy yourself for hours watching the impressive structure and the many tourists who come here daily.

THE SACRÉ-COEUR FROM ABOVE

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The Sacré-Coeur is located in the lively Montmartre district, known for its fantastic view of Paris and the many painters who make portraits of tourists. Even better than the view from the stairs for the Sacré-Coeur is the view from above the Sacré-Coeur, an attraction that is still known to few tourists. On the left side is an entrance where you buy a ticket for a few euros and climb the basilica.

VISIT THE MOST BEAUTIFUL MUSEUMS OF PARIS, WITH THE WORLD’ S LARGEST MASTERPIECES

Besides the sights mentioned above, Paris is also known for its museums. Paris has many special museums and exhibitions. Museums you should not miss are the Louvre, Palais du Tokyo and the Musée d’ Orsay.

THE LOUVRE

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The Louvre, one of the most famous museums in Paris, is located in a former palace and is known for its masterpieces as the Mona Lisa. In the Louvre you can spend days and then you haven’t seen everything else. The collection ranges from sculptures to paintings and goes back to history. Besides the various collections, the property itself is also worth a visit.

MUSÉE D’ORSAY AND PALAIS DE TOKYO

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This also applies to Musée d’ Orsay, this museum located in an old railway station which makes a visit worthwhile. Another famous museum is the Palais du Tokyo, known for its contemporary art and modern exhibitions.

OTHER INTERESTING MUSEUMS IN PARIS

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If you have already searched for all these museums and if you are looking for something new, the Centre Pompidou and the Grand Palais, both with a changing exhibition, are worth the effort. Just like the Petit Palais, where works by Rembrandt, Rubens, Cézanne and Monet hang.

  1. EXPLORE THE COSIEST DISTRICT OF PARIS: LE MARAIS

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In total, Paris has 20 districts with each its own atmosphere and sights. Le Marais is the former Jewish quarter of Paris. This is where you have to be when it comes to food, bars and nightlife. In Le Marais you can go shopping as well as having good food and drinks. This is because of her many small boutiques that are also open on Sundays.

In the middle of Le Marais is Place de Vosges, a cozy square surrounded by all sorts of terraces. In summer the park in the middle of the square is perfect for a picnic.

For shopping, the streets Rue des Rosiers, Rue Charlot, Rue du Rio de Sicile and Rue Vielle du Temple are a must, here you will find especially the smaller boutiques. Le Marais is also characterized by the dozens of cosy restaurants. Something can be found on every corner of the street! The following are recommended: La Terrasse Sainte-Catherine, Chez Janou, Au Passage and La Cevicheria.

Besides the trendy and trendy district Le Marais, the districts of Saint Germain and Bastille are fun to discover.

4. GO CYCLING IN PARIS DURING YOUR CITY TRIP

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Paris has a large and simple metro network that takes you from A to B in a few minutes. Very easy when it rains or is cold. If the sun shines and you dare it, then the bike is an absolute must, because what is better than discovering the city at your own pace with the best views at any time. At various places in the city there are bicycles that you can easily rent. All you need is a credit card. A day ticket costs € 1.90 and a weekly subscription € 8, -. In total there are 1000 stations and every 300 meters a bicycle.

 

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Eiffel Tower (Paris, France)

The Eiffel Tower is undoubtedly the most famous building in France and Paris. The three hundred-metre-high tower was built for the World Exhibition in Paris in 1889. Because this exhibition took place exactly 100 years after the outbreak of the French Revolution (1789), it was also built to commemorate this revolution.

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The construction of the tower lasted from 1887 to 1889. In total, 250 steelworkers participated in the construction work. The Eiffel Tower was inaugurated on 31 March 1889 and officially opened on 6 May. This was done by the Prince of Wales, King Edward VII of England.

 

Eiffel Tower Paris

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The Eiffel Tower is one of the most famous landmarks of the city of Paris. The tower is visited by many tourists and is considered a technical masterpiece of 19th century architecture. The Eiffel Tower was designed by the architect Gustave Eiffel (1832-1923).

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Paris Eiffel Tower , the 317-metre-high Eiffel Tower was built for the world exhibition of 1889. The occasion for the exhibition in Paris was the commemoration of the storming of the Bastille in 1789, the beginning of the French Revolution. On the occasion of the festivities around the centenary of the French Revolution in 1889, a world exhibition was organised in Paris. Architects could put forward ideas for a suitable monument, which would be erected in the vicinity of the exhibition area. Gustave Eiffel’s plan won the battle.

Gustave Eiffel

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The French architect Gustave Eiffel founded his own company in 1866. He was one of the first engineers to use iron as a supporting structure for bridges and buildings. Relatively few people know that Gustave Eiffel was also involved in the construction of the Statue of Liberty in New York. This statue was designed by Bartholdi and was donated by the French state to the United States in memory of the cooperation between America and France during the American revolution. Eiffel designed the iron skeleton for the Statue of Liberty.

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Around 1890 Gustave Eiffel partially stopped working. His company was to be run by others in the future, so that Gustave Eiffel could become involved in research. In Auteuil, Eiffel built the first aerodynamic laboratory, which he gave to the French state in 1921.

Highest building in the world

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When the Eiffel Tower was built, its height of 317 metres made it the tallest building in the world. Only in 1930 was this height exceeded by the Chrysler building in New York. The monument consists of three floors. You can choose to go by stairs or by elevator. You have to be in good condition, because the stairs to the first floor already has 360 steps.

On the first floor you have a beautiful view and dining area, on the second floor (115 meters high) the view is even more beautiful and here is also a restaurant and on the third floor (275 meters above the ground) you can enjoy a beautiful view. In clear weather conditions you can look up to seventy kilometres from this floor. From the floors of the Eiffel Tower you have 360 degrees views over the city on each floor.

 Restaurants in the Eiffel Tower

Déjeuner Brasserie 58 Tour Eiffel

On the second floor is the gastronomic restaurant Jules Verne. Restaurant Jules Verne was once awarded a Michelin star The restaurant has its own elevator from the south leg of the Eiffel Tower.
You can book Jules Verne restaurant online but a place at the window is not guaranteed. Because of the special decoration of the restaurant, you are actually comfortable everywhere. On the first floor is 58 Tour Eiffel. This restaurant is a kind of luxury brasserie at an altitude of 125 meters.

From this restaurant you have a beautiful view over Paris. A dinner in the evening here is about € 85, – including tickets for the Eiffel Tower. Lunch costs approximately € 45. This restaurant is one of the best restaurants in Paris. Stylish tourists will certainly stick to this. It may cost a little bit, but then you also have an excellent dinner, lots of candlelight and a view over the City of Light. How romantic is that? First outside enjoy the view, and then relax for a good French meal with the sparkling lights of Paris around you through the panoramic views.

Television tower and tourist attraction

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Although it was originally intended to demolish the tower at the end of the exhibition, the tower is still at the same place in the centre of the city. Today the Eiffel Tower is used as a television tower and tourist attraction. Stairs and elevators enable the thousands of visitors to see the beautiful Paris from the tower every day. Thanks to the festive lighting, after sunset, the tower also provides a beautiful spectacle from the ground.

 

 

The Eiffel Tower is open from 9.30 am to 11.00 pm and in summer from 9 am to midnight. You can buy your tickets here for the Eiffel Tower. Then you already have them and you don’t have to stand in line anymore.

 

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The Eiffel Tower

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When you think of Paris you immediately think of the Eiffel Tower, one of France’s most iconic constructions. This monument is the most visited sight in France. Every year, more than seven million people visit the Eiffel Tower, making it the most visited monument in the world. Some people see the Eiffel Tower as an unofficial wonder of the world. It is therefore also a monument that everyone wants to have visited in their lives.

 

 

Hours of operation

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The Eiffel Tower is open every day of the year:

Opening hours during the summer period (15 June – 1 September) from 9:00 am to 00:45

and the rest of the year opened from 9:30 to 23:45.

During the Easter weekend and spring holidays, opening hours are extended until midnight.

Before you buy a ticket, it is better to check what the best choice is. There are many different options and rates. As an individual, the prices are slightly higher than in a group or with family.

Access by elevator (up to 2nd floor):

Access by elevator to top:

Adults: €14
12-24 years: €12.50
4-11 years / disabled persons: €9.50
0-4 years: free

Access via stairs (up to the 2nd floor):

Adults: €5,00
12-24 years: €3.50
4-11 years / disabled persons: €3,00
0-4 years: free

In collaboration with Ticketbar we offer you the tickets for the Eiffel Tower not only can you avoid the queue but you will also get a beautiful city tour by bus through the city of Paris so you can see all the highlights of the city. The Eiffel Tower is often sold out months in advance, but you can still buy tickets at short notice so you don’t have to wait in the queue.

Click here to book an entry time and for more information: www.tour-eiffel.fr

 

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The Eiffel Tower consists of 3 floors :

To the first floor you can use both stairs and elevator. On the first floor you can walk around and enjoy the view over Paris. You can see the gardens around the Eiffel Tower and other Parisian monuments. On the outside of this floor are 72 names these are names of French engineers, scientists and other important people from the 18th and 19th century but there is also plenty to see on the inside of the tower there are photographs and paintings to admire.

There is also information about the construction of the Eiffel Tower and Gustave Eiffel you can even watch a short movie about the Eiffel Tower and there are information panels showing which buildings can be seen from the Eiffel Tower it is also no longer possible to climb to the top with this staircase because too many parts of the stairs are missing these were removed from the tower and auctioned. Paris,eiffel tower,monument,visit,tour eiffel

Then comes the second floor it can be reached by stairs as well as by elevator. On this floor you have the best view of Paris. Then the less tall buildings can also be clearly seen. On the first floors, the large buildings stand in the way of the view of the smaller ones. In the floor of this floor is thick glass this allows you to look down so you can look.

On this floor is also located the restaurant”Le Jules-Verne” this restaurant has 95 seats and has been awarded a Michelin star. To get to this restaurant, you can use their own elevator. The decoration of the restaurant is sober but this is completely well made by the beautiful view that you have when you look out of the window it is necessary to make a reservation for this restaurant (Tel: 0033 (0)1 45 55 61 44)

The third floor of the Eiffel Tower can only be reached by elevator. From the third floor it is possible to take a few more stairs to a platform outside the view from this floor is very impressive.  The disadvantage of this height is that the buildings are less clearly visible than on the second floor. On this floor Gustave Eiffel had his office only this site was actually used for meteorological research by Gustave Ferrié in 1910.

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The Eiffel Tower visit in the evening

 

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Visiting the Eiffel Tower during the daytime is beautiful but it is also worth the effort to go to the Eiffel Tower in the evening. At 22:00 , the lights and searchlights of the Eiffel Tower are switched on every 5 minutes. This gives an extra effect to the tower. The lights illuminate the tower and make it so romantic to visit the tower in the evening. The searchlights illuminate the Paris skyline.

 

 

Access: Metro station Bir-Hakeim (line 6)

RER : Champ de Mars – Tour Eiffel (line C)

 

 

 

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