Provins, Medieval town classified by UNESCO,
one hour's drive from Paris, between Fontainebleau, Troyes and Reims.
Provins, an area rich in history
Located in the centre of the medieval town of Provins, the hotel Aux Vieux Remparts is perfectly situated to visit the historic town: only steps away from the fortified walls and the numerous historic treasures, Provins was once the Capital of the Counts of Champagne. The town, only one hour's drive from Paris, is listed by UNESCO and is full of medieval monuments that have been well preserved.
At least 58 of them are listed in the historical monuments inventory: come and discover the wealth and history of this stunning and well looked after Medieval Town either during a romantic weekend, a touristic visit or a business trip. Culture lovers will be overwhelmed by the numerous visits to monuments which are available. A real journey into the 12th and 13th Centuries.
Go for a walk around the fortified walls, visit the Cesar Tower and discover all the underground tunnels around the old town which were used to transport and stock cloths during the Champagne Fairs. Don't miss the Grange au Dîmes where you will find out all the information on the famous Champagne fairs and on the architecture of the medieval area. Provins museum situated in a 12th Century roman house has a wealth of information on the history of the town. You will also find a collection of archeological and art objects.
Finally, don't miss out on visiting the Provins Rose Plantation : situated between the medieval town and the new town, the 3 hectar gardens is an idyllic place for nature lovers and has more than 300 varieties of roses. The Provins rose is the emblem of Provins.
Provins also hosts Festivals and Fairs all year round to suit everyone, children and adults.
Spring time brings the Eggs Hunt at Easter. Organised in the middle of the medieval town, you will discover all the medieval buildings and monuments but also find the chocolate eggs!
The town is also renowned for its book fair bringing together lots of writers and artists and its annual Medieval Festival of Provins which takes place in June for a weekend: the town is set back into its middle aged state and offers a variety of animations which can be enjoyed by all.
A light and sound show is also available in June to reflect on the historical past of the town in the 12th century. An amazing journey back in time!: The gleams of the past - 3 dates in July and August – when the town is lit with candle lights. This is always a great success.
The Harvest festival, set on the last weekend of August is also a good opportunity to discover the medieval town. It s worth staying in Provins to enjoy the great atmosphere which fill the streets, the harvest theatres, the parades and animations for all ages!
In December, during one weekend, Provins features its annual Christmas market: street artists, medieval musicians, gift stands are set throughout the town.The atmosphere is magical. Also not to be missed, The Falconry and Chivalry Show in the superb theatre of the fortified walls. You will get to know everything about the art of Falconry inherited from the middle age.
You will be amazed by the Eagles free flight show. The Chivalry tournament, which takes place within the fortified walls near the Porte Saint-Jean, is also an event not to be missed. Presented and produced by Equestrio: joust and fireworks will be enjoyed by all ages. Both shows are shown daily during high season.
Near Brie and Champagne areas
Situated in Seine-et-Marne, Provins is accessible to Brie and Champagne areas.
Between Paris et Provins, the area of Seine-et-Marne has an array of touristic attractions : Châteaux of and Vaux-le-Vicomte, Painters village in Barbizon, Fontainebleau forest, DisneylandParis etc....
70 km from Troyes, 85 km from Epernay and just over 100km from Reims, capital of Champagne, Provins was the capital of the Comtes de Champagne and was the home of the biggest Champagne Festivals.
Why not organise a trip to the champagne area whilst staying at Aux Vieux Remparts: discover the champagne vineyards, and drive through charming villages and scenery of the Champagne area.