Marked in blue and running for a distance of 7 km, this itinerary starts from the cathedral and takes in 26 sites:
1. Notre Dame cathedral
2. Palais du Tau
3. Carnegie library
4. East end of Notre Dame cathedral
5. Place Royale
6. Place du Forum
7. Musée-Hôtel Le Vergeur
8. Hôtel de La Salle
9. Hôtel des Comtes de Champagne et Maison des Musiciens
10. Hôtel de Ville (city hall)
11. Former House of Champagne Jules Mumm
12. Les Halles district
13. North cemetery
14. Monument to the Dead
15. Laon bridge
16. Musée de la Reddition (German capitulation)
17. Porte de Mars
18. Monuments to the Martyrs of the Resistance movement and Deportation
19. Building at 23 boulevard Foch
20. Fontaine des Boucheries
21. Cours Jean - Baptiste Langlet
22. Hôtel de Bezannes
23. Hôtel de la Mutualité (formerly the academy of music)
24. Bank district
25. Gateway and square of the cathedral chapter
26. House of the cathedral chapter's treasurer
Aids to enjoyment of the itinerary:
- 2 map distributors (guide booklet)
One is located at the station and the other in front of Square Jeanne d'Arc near the cathedral, from where itinerary N° 1 departs. On one side, they show a general plan of the city and, on the other, a map of the three itineraries. They are in French and English and may be purchased for €0.20.
- 26 information points – Histoire de la Cité markers
situated in front of (or opposite) monuments, museums or other interesting sites. Stamped with the city's coat of arms, these information points add considerably to the interest of the itinerary. The UNESCO logo features on the markers in front of the cathedral and Palais du Tau.
- 24 signposts
indicating the previous and following sites.
- In addition, blue marks have been set into the pavement to indicate the path to be taken in some places.
These sightseeing walks will also enable the people of Reims to learn more about their heritage assets and, perhaps, take more of an interest in it.
While following the itinerary, walkers may also be inspired to stop off at one of the museums or other sites en route.
Designed by Philippe Starck and sold by Decaux, these Histoire de la Cité markers are 2 metres high with a practical reading height of 1.70 metres. They are made of cast iron with a graffiti-proof, metallised zinc finish.
The city's tourist development scheme also includes plans to place markers at intervals between the station and cathedral - departure of the first itinerary – with arrows mounted on the street lighting in Place d'Erlon.
In places, this has been modified to tie in with the itinerary, including the installation of pedestrian crossings and changes in the position of boards for the purposes of installing directional marking.
These installations are a complement to the audio guides provided by the Tourist Office.
It takes the form of 29 markers (20 of which contain information and 9 that provide directions) designed by Starck.
Itinerary N°2 is marked in orange: orange discs on markers and orange pavement markers.
The theme of this itinerary is art deco. Reims is famous the world over for its buildings dating from the 1930s, although local people are sometimes unaware of them.
This itinerary may thus inspire them to appreciate this aspect of their heritage, passing in front of art deco buildings in Rue de Talleyrand (…)
It also passes by monuments with UNESCO World Heritage listing, as well as the Grand Théâtre (…)
Coming soon: From early December, both itineraries will be displayed at the exits of the following three city centre car parks - Erlon, Gambetta and Buirette.
Guide-maps priced at €0.20 will also be available from two distributors, one located behind the Tourist Office in Rue Guillaume de Machault and the other at the station. They have been updated and now include itinerary N° 2.