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Châlons through the Centuries

City Tour - History



Châlons-en-Champagne is a two-thousand-years-old city. Its name comes from that of the Gallic people called the Catalaunes. Labelled Town of Art and History, it is full of historical curiosities.

The Tourist Office and its guide speakers invite you to discover the history of Châlons-en-Champagne through the centuries with its themed visits. It is a different way to discover its most beautiful heritage.


Different options possible:


In the footsteps of the Medieval times

Châlons-en-Champagne was a thriving market as early as the 9th century. The square of the “wheat market” was created outside of the Roman walls to organize fairs where products from the tannery and the drapery were sold. The city was burgeoning in the 12th and 13th centuries. Dive into this time when Châlons-en-Champagne was one of the ten biggest cities in France.

This option includes the visit of the medieval cellars form the 13th and 15th centuries located under the commercial gallery of the Espace Hôtel de Ville: a stark contrast.


In the footsteps of Renaissance Châlons

Walking through the 16th-century part of the city, you will be charmed by the half-timbered houses, you will admire the stained-glass windows, you will discover the Flemish and Italian influences and you will learn about locals who made a difference in this century of change.


In the footsteps of 17th and 18th-century Châlons

With this option, you will discover the monuments and town houses of the city which house administrations nowadays: the Prieuré of Vinetz and Saint-Marie Convent, restored by their current owner (Marne Department); the Hotel of the Intendants of Champagne, nowadays Prefecture of the Region, the City Hall…


In the footsteps of Marie-Antoinette

Marie-Antoinette stayed in Châlons-en-Champagne on three occasions. In 1770, the Porte Sainte-Croix was renamed Porte Dauphine in her honor. Climb to the top of this door to admire an exceptional view of the City. Then, you will see the old Hotel of the Intendants of the Champagne region which is the Prefecture of the Region nowadays. Inside, you will discover the Marie-Antoinette Chapel, place where she prayed on her way back from Varennes in 1791.

Rates :

From Monday to Saturday: 115€
Sunday and public holidays: 145€

Complementary information

30 persons maximum per guide. If there are more 30 persons, you will need 2 guides.
Visit “In the footsteps of Marie-Antoinette” available from Monday to Friday.


115 €

Duration : 2h

All year long

The "tops"

  • Discover the city of Châlons-en-Champagne in an unusual way

  • Visit the medieval cellars or climb at the top of the Porte Sainte-Croix