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Office de tourisme de Troyes
16 blvd Carnot Troyes
10000

Tel:+33 (0)3 25 82 62 70
Fax:+33 (0)3 25 73 06 71

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Troyes, once the ancient capital of Champagne, is a sheer delight!  The mayor of Troyes (housing minister under Giscard) should be applauded for his efforts to restore the historic centre and ban any new housing projects that may have spoiled what can only be described as a feast for the eyes.  The historic centre is graced with magnificent medieval and Renaissance houses, Gothic churches and 16th-century squares and is shaped like a champagne cork. 

The city is famed for its stain-glass making and sausages (andouillettes).  It has also been a centre for hosiery and knitwear since the Middle Ages when Louis XII demanded that orphanages had to be self-financing.  The Hopital de la Trinité was the first institution to start making knitted stockings - a trade that was eventually adopted by other institutions.

Once you've exhausted the worthy museums and ancient churches head out to Lac et Foret d'Orient - a dense forest of marshes, lakes and nature reserves popular for activities such as water-skiing, sailing and fishing.

What to See - Troyes Attractions

Maison du Parc
on D79 east of the Lac d'Orient's bird reserve, Troyes 10000
all sorts of info on swimming, walking, sailing, fishing, jet-skiing, kayaking in the Parc Naturel Regional de la Foret d'Orient
| Opening Times: Daily | Tel: +33 (0)3 25 43 81 90

Magasins d'usine - St Julien-les-Villas
3km S of city on blvd de Dijon (N71 to Dijon), Troyes 10000
factory outlets to indulge every conceivable shopping fancy

Nuits de Champagne
Troyes 10000
a lively music festival with reputable performances all round
| Admission charge | Opening Times: late Oct or early Nov

Apothicairerie de L'Hotel-Dieu-le-Comte
quai des Comtes de Champagne, Troyes 10000
a museum which is a replica of an early 1700s pharmacy
| Admission charge | Opening Times: Mon, Wed, Sat & Sun | Tel: +33 (0)3 25 80 98 97

Hotel de Vauluisant
4 rue de Vauluisant, Troyes 10000
a 16th-century Renaissance style hotel that houses a local history museum and hosiery & knitwear museum
| Admission charge | Opening Times: Not Mon & Tues | Tel: +33 (0)3 25 42 33 33

Maison de l'Outil et de la Pensee Ouvriere
7 rue de la Trinite, Troyes 10000
a museum of tools and crafts
| Admission charge | Opening Times: Daily | Tel: +33 (0)3 25 73 28 26

Musee St Loup
next to 83 rue de la Cite, Troyes 10000
an eclectic collection of medieval sculptures, enamel & archaeological artefacts
| Admission charge | Opening Times: Not Tues | Tel: +33 (0)3 25 76 21 68

Cathedrale St-Pierre et St Paul
Rue de la Cité, Troyes 10000
a great way to learn about the different phases of Gothic architecture that swept across Champagne
| Opening Times: Daily

Hotel du Petit Louvre
Rue de la Montee St-Pierre, Troyes 10000
a hotel particulier or mansion with medieval tower & Renaissance courtyard
| Opening Times: Daily (courtyard only)

Musee d'art Moderne
Palais Episcopal, Place St-Pierre, Troyes 10000
once an episcopal palace this fine building is now home to a museum of modern art complete with a sculpture by Rodin
| Admission charge | Opening Times: Tue-Sun | Tel: +33 (0)3 25 76 26 80