Arthur Rimbaud

musee-rimbaudA famous French Poet, born in Charleville and lived there throughout his childhood and teens. He was buried in the cemetery near the town centre. Come and wander through the places he used to visit…
Rimbaud’s life and poetry: many place and conferences dedicated to the memory of Arthur Rimbaud.



statuegonzagueThe city radiates a true architectural jewels of the first half of the seventeenth century, the Place Ducale, inspired by the Place des Vosges (Paris). It opens many prospects to the pedestrian axis condusive to shopping and to the Meuse banks that invite to discover the life of the famous poet Arthur Rimbaud (Rimbaud House and Museum) or the nearest kind from Mount Olympus (Aquatic Center, based water, river port, greenway trans-ardenne).

The symmetry games open on numerous annexes seats composed of sublime courtyards (the Ardennes Museum of Art and Popular Tradition). Place Ducale is also a setting for many events throughout the year: World Festival of Puppet Theatres, brotherhoods Festival, the Elsewhere, celebrations Gonzaga…



rempartsIt is the elder town, dating from the 10th century : step into the history of France! A rich and varied heritage, testimony of a prestigious past…

Not to be missed : 1000 m² of stained glass windows in the basilica, created by René Dürbach, a collaborator and close friend of Picasso.


World Festival of Puppet Theatre


A foretaste of the World Puppet Festival which takes place one year later.
Shows for all ages, adults and families, several artists, representations during the day and the evening, cabaret, flea market, picnic, presentation of the 17th festival’s projects.



Gastronomy lovers will be able to taste our local produce such as the renown “boudin blanc”, a white sausage or the “Ardoise”, a nougatine enrobed in chocolate. The region serves also such hearty dishes such as “la salade au lard” and “la cacasse à cul nu”, a traditional dish. Local people are also very proud of their sugar tart or beer…


Le Mont Olympe

A green area, situated at a short distance from the town centre, is just waiting to be explored. You’ll find many things to see and to do, a peaceful refuge with its swimming-pool, river port, playing fields. Get ready to discover a new part of the town!

“Credits : Tourism office of Charleville Mézières”