City profile

Reims, with a population of 188,000, is a city in the Champagne-Ardenne region of France. It lies 80 miles northeast of Paris.

Many of the largest champagne-producing houses, known as les grandes marques, have their headquarters in Reims, and most open for tasting and tours. Champagne ages in the many caves and tunnels under Reims, which form a sort of maze below the city. Carved from chalk, some of these passages date back to Roman times. Other industries include aircraft and automobile equipment manufacturing.

The 13th-century cathedral of Notre-Dame is one of the most notable Gothic cathedrals in France.