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Champagne-Ardenne is in the northeast of France, bordering Belgium. It consists of four departments: Aube, Ardennes, Haute-Marne, and Marne.
Its rivers, all of which flow west, include the Seine, the Marne, and the Aisne.
The region has three autoroutes, totalling 460 km:
* A4 connecting Paris and Strasbourg and serving the Reims metropolitan area
* A5 connecting Paris and Dijon and serving Troyes and Chaumont
* A26 connecting Calais and Dijon and serving Reims and Châlons-en-Champagne
* A34 connecting Reims and the Belgian border and serving Charleville-Mézières
The rail network includes the Paris–Strasbourg line, which follows the Marne Valley and serves Épernay, Châlons-en-Champagne, and Vitry-le-François. The LGV Est TGV line also connecting Paris and Strasbourg will open in 2007 and will serve Reims with a new train station in the commune of Bezannes.
The region's canals include the canal lateral to the Marne and canal from the Marne to the Rhine, which connects to the Marne at Vitry-le-François. These are petit gabarit canals. It is famous for its sparkling white wine (champagne).
The Vatry International Airport, primarily dedicated to air freight, has a runway 3650 m long, yet it is often unused. The airport is in a sparsely populated area just 150 km from Paris. Some people say it is a good candidate for transformation into a third Parisian airport. Les verts (the French green party) supported such a move because the resulting noise pollution would affect fewer people than an airport closer to Paris.
* 61.4% of its land is dedicated to agriculture
* 1st in France for the production of barley and alfalfa
* 2nd in France for the production of beets, onions, and peas
* 3rd in France for the production of tender wheat and rapeseed.
* 282.37 km² of vineyards
* Champagne sales in 2001: 263 million bottles (4% increase from 2000) of which 37.6% were exported.
* 25% of French hosiery production
* 3rd metallurgic region in France
* Verreries Mécaniques de Champagne
* Produits Métallurgiques à Reims
The population of Champagne-Ardenne has been in steady decrease since 1982 due to a rural exodus. With 1.3 million people and a density of 52/km², it is one of France's least populated regions.
Champagne-Ardenne has the following:
* 291 approved tourist hotels offering 8,000 rooms
* 152 bed and breakfasts
* 19 museums
* 92 screens in local movie theaters
* 16 theatres
* 10 golf courses
* 650 km of waterways
* 8 lakes reserved for tourists, including the Lake Der-Chantecoq, the largest man-made lake in Europe
Visitors often go to Champagne because of its history and its world-famous wine. However, their itineraries diverge when they discover the region's cultural heritage and its cuisine: some visit Troyes and its ancient houses, others visit Langres and its walls, and still others visit Épernay, Reims, or Colombey-les-deux-Églises.
The region contains some magnificent forests and lakes where you can enjoy walks and water sports.
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