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Chalons Tourelle in Chalons-en-champagne


Famed for its hillside vineyards which produce the best champagne, Chalons-en-champagne has a history of fine wines and even finer scenery.

There's a whole lot of history around here. To get you going, there's the gothic 13th century St Etienne cathedral, the Notre-Dame en Vaux church and the Goethe museum.

Is there a local speciality?
It's called potée champenoise and is a pot-au-feu made of smoked Ardennes ham, cabbage and sausage.

 Any good activities around?
It's a town made for walking around. There are lots of parks, canals and gardens to explore. The Petit and Grand Jard and Jard Anglais are particularly recommended.

 When's market day?
There is a covered market on Wednesdays, Friday, Saturdays and Sundays.

Interesting town fact
The town was known as Durocatalaunum to the Romans, who in 451AD defeated the Huns, led by Attila, on the plain between Châlons-sur-Marne and Troyes. In the 10th century, Châlons-en-Champagne, also known as Châlons-sur-Marne, became a prosperous trade centre