Champagne - Troyes Guide
Troyes lies conveniently in the heart of Aube en Champagne, so visiting other attractions in the region is easy. It’s a charming city with numerous museums, churches and medieval buildings. Troyes was once the home of the Counts of Champagne and, in the Middle Ages, drew huge crowds to its famous fairs. Today it is known as the "holy city of stained glass" because it boasts a large number of beautiful stained glass windows dating from the 13th to the 19th century. These are on view in the cathedral and nine churches in the town – all of which are worth visiting.
In the old quarter of Troyes, closely packed 16th century half-timbered wood and stone mansions surround the delightful courtyards and line the narrow streets and alleys as well as the main square with its lovely fountains. This is where everybody gathers throughout the day for drinks at the pavement cafes, and returns to again in the evenings to dine.
Troyes is also a paradise for shopaholics with 100 factory outlets offering huge discounts on designer goods. Troyes has always been an important fashion centre and is currently France’s leading knitwear producer.
Thanks to GPS technology, visitors to the Aube en Champagne region can now be guided round by an electronic device which provides each visitor with an audio commentary. This allows for visitors to explore destinations at their own pace, and as you go along, you’ll be provided with information on the Aube’s background: its history, its people, the countryside, activities, lakes, vineyards, and plenty more. Particularly useful if you’re planning on touring around this area. The ‘Hoppy’ audioguide can be rented from the Aube en Champagne Tourist Board in Troyes.