|To the north of Champagne, on the border between France and Belgium, lies the densely forested region of Ardennes. The region is full of lush deciduous forests, dramatic valleys and spectacular hills, cut by the meanderings of the River Meuse, offering excellent conditions for nature walks and a range of water sports. The Ardennes forests are home to rich and varied wildlife and are truly a paradise for nature lovers and wildlife enthusiasts. Troyes is famous historic city in the region, known for its beautifully preserved 16th century half-timbered houses and spectacular Gothic cathedral.
The Museum of Modern Art at Troyes displays work by Bonnard, Degas and Gauguin. Other important towns in the region include the 16th century old town of Charleville-Mézières famous for its slate-roofed Place Ducal and the huge marionette clock, and Sedan housing the largest château-fortress in Europe. The Ardennes may offer appealing countryside but undoubtedly Champagne is culturally superior with several beautiful historic towns.