Communauté de Communes Vesle & Coteaux de la Montagne de Reims

Welcome to the website of the Lighthouse of Verzenay in Champagne.
150 km away from Paris, between Reims and Epernay, the Lighthouse invites you to tour the fascinating world of the Champagne vineyards.
By using the latest audiovisual and scenographic techniques, discover all the essential factors needed to create the most famous wine ….

The lighthouse

 

AN UNUSUAL CLIMB

1, 2, 3, 4, …., 14, ………, 57, 58, ………………, 99, 100 and 101 steps! You are 25 metres up, above a sea of vines and the Champagne vineyards are as far as the eye can see.
And then in the distance there is a mill, villages, fields, a city and a cathedral. You are now at the top of the Lighthouse of Verzenay.
A specially equipped panoramic viewpoint offers an exceptional 360° view.

The museum

 

Dive into the heart of the Champagne vineyards through a fun and educational journey of discovery with an audio guide.
Press the small green arrows to listen to an extract of the comments
We hope you have a pleasant visit…

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The Champagne Territories hall 
The tour starts in the Champagne Territories hall. Under a starry sky, find out about the layout of the area in Champagne from a large-scale model. Introduction to the tour, this amphitheatre dives into the fascinating world of the Champagne vineyards.

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The Belvedere
A leisurely walk along a panoramic viewpoint to discover the many landscapes of Champagne. Besides the embrasures, experience the Montagne de Reims and the Regional Nature Park of the Montagne de Reims.
The descent continues in the atmosphere of the history of this universally renowned wine which was gained at the price of a ceaseless struggle to maintain the best quality.

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The Cycle of Seasons
The Cycle of Seasons presents the physiological timetable of a grape vine and the many tasks involved in grape production. Tasks from the start of the century are illustrated by old photos and original tools and contemporary tasks, for their part, are presented by means of video films.

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Feast days and Saints
Feasts and traditions are the key words of Champagne and of those from Champagne. That is why staffs of St Vincent are presented in this area and traditional costumes are still worn today on this typical wine-making feast day.

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Tales and Legends our way
New for 2009, to celebrate 10 years of the Vine Museum and 100 years of the Lighthouse.
An area dedicated to fairy tales and legends where reality merges with dreams.
Films, fairy tales for children, relaxation area in the landscapes of Champagne, and a fairy tale, the tale of the history, the truth and the legends of the Lighthouse told by Robert Hossein.

A bubbly visit to discover Champagne.

CHOOSE YOUR TOUR

INDIVIDUALS

The tour of the museographical route is conducted using audio guides in 4 languages: French, English, German and Dutch.

The tour route lasts approximately 1 hour 30 minutes, in an atmosphere of songs, bird sounds, cries of revolt, pruning shears and Champagne bubbles!

Tour route

Climbing the Lighthouse is separate from the museum tour.

GROUPS

From 10 people

Groups benefit from a reduced rate of €6 /person for a tour of the museum and from €7 with the climb of the Lighthouse, from 10 people.

Die Besichtigung kann durch einen Besuch des Weinkellers oder eine Champagnerverkostung ergänzt werden, die von den lokalen Winzern angeboten werden.

The climb of the Lighthouse is conducted freely before or after the tour of the museum, per group of 19 people.

The visit can be supplemented by a tour of the cellar or Champagne tasting offered by local wine producers.
Tour route
The Lighthouse is open all year round for groups by booking.

Practical Info

 

How to get there

150 km away from Paris,
15 mins from Reims

Disabled access

A number of adjustments have been made to enable our disabled visitors to navigate around the facilities as comfortably as possible.

The site is therefore equipped with disabled parking enabling easy access to the entrance. A special reception area offers information adapted for the visually and hearing impaired.

The discovery route is equipped with a lift on each floor.

Themed tours have been specially created for groups. They call on the 5 senses and are organised into workshop tours.

The reduced for disabled people.

Opening times and prices…

Opening times

Open every day * from 10 am to 5 pm in the week and from 10 am to 5.30 pm on weekends and public holidays.
*on Mondays, only open by appointment for groups

Annual closure

The Lighthouse is closed to the public from 1 January until mid-March every year.
During this period, it is still open by booking for groups.

Prices

Museum Access
Adults 8€
Child 4€
Children under 6 years old 0€
Reduced rate 6.5€
Group of children 3€

Lighthouse Access

Adults 3€
Child 2€
Children under 6 years old 0€
Reduced rate 2.5€
Group of children 2€

Eintritt Museum+Leuchtturm
Adults 9€
Child 5€
Children under 6 years old 0€
Reduced rate 7.5€
Group of children 4€

Students, disabled war veterans and civilians
From 10 people

THE GIFT SHOP

A nicely laid out gift shop offers a wide selection of souvenirs, books dedicated to grape vines and Champagne, regional gourmet specialities and crafts.