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4, place Ducale BP 229

Tel:+33 (0)3 24 55 69 90
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Charleville-Mezieres is the result of two towns that were merged in 1966 - the medieval citadel of Mezieres and the Classical town of Charleville.  It acts as a gateway to the Ardennes with its dramatic valleys and deep forests cut by the meandering river Meuse.  This is the ideal spot for walkers, fishermen and nature-lovers who come to enjoy the peace in an area where tourism is largely undeveloped.

The central hub of Charleville is the Place Ducale designed by Louis XII's architects who were intent on implementing a new wave of urban planning.  It echoes the Place des Vosges in Paris.  Charleville's famous son, Arthur Rimbaud, was born near here in No 12 rue Beregovoy and further along the quai is the Vieux Moulin, the town house that inspired his poem, 'Le Bateau Ivre'.

What to See - Charleville-Mezieres Attractions

Notre Dame de L'Esperance
Charleville-Mezieres 08000
built into the ramparts Charleville's Gothic church is worth a look at

Le Festival Mondial des theatres de Marionnettes
Charleville-Mezieres 08000
more than 150 world puppet groups gather at Charleville in this festival that brings the town alive
| Opening Times: 2nd two weeks in September

L'institut International de la Marionnette
7 place Winston Churchill, Charleville-Mezieres 08000
a resource centre and museum for investigating the history of puppet shows
| Admission charge | Opening Times: Daily | Tel: +33 (0)3 24 33 72 50

Le Theatre
Place du Theatre, Charleville-Mezieres 08000
some interesting national and international performances, plays and concerts held here
| Admission charge | Tel: +33 (0)3 24 32 44 50

Musee de L'Ardenne
31 Place Ducale, Charleville-Mezieres 08000
an archaeological and history museum
| Admission charge | Opening Times: Daily except Mons

Musee Rimbaud
Quai Arthur Rimbaud, Charleville-Mezieres 08000
manuscripts and photographs of Arthur Rimbaud housed here
| Admission charge | Opening Times: Tue-Sun | Tel: +33 (0)3 24 32 44 65