Champagne’s major focal points are the towns of Troyes and Reims, where you can wander the elegant avenues and boulevards and discover the historic architecture, but the region is most famous for its wine. Genuine champagne must be produced from grapes grown with the region’s geographical borders, so sampling the local produce is absolutely essential. Heading East towards the German border, the historic Alsace and Lorraine areas are much less developed, and while the pace is slower, there is still much to see.
The vibrant city of Strasbourg is the most populous settlement, while the region of Alsace boasts the highest density of Michelin-starred restaurants in France, ably supported by the fascinating Alsatian wines. If the tourist attractions of the region are not enough, then consider the fine selection of courses like Le Kempferhof, L’Ailette and La Foret D’Orient, which are the basis of a good golf escape to this fascinating part of France.