Grenoble, a city in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region of southeastern France, sits at the foot of mountains between the Drac and Isère rivers. It’s known as a base for winter sports, and for its museums, universities and research centers.
What to See and Do
In the 1800s this centuries-old fortress was used to defend France against invasions from its then rival, the Duchy of Savoy. Research says that later additions were made to the fortress, as a result, it is now one of the largest and most important examples of 18th-century fortifications in the whole of France. You can explore the underground Mandarin Caves, which are places beneath the very foundations of the fort. There is a small military museum on the site, alongside two restaurants.
Musee de Grenoble
Visit one of France’s premier museums, with 57 rooms, and a collection that totals 1,500 pieces. Take a look history of European Culture, from the 1200s to the present day. There is a range of paintings that came from many other countries during the 17th Century. These include French, Spanish, Dutch and Italian pieces of artwork. The museum also has departments revolving around the 20th century, where all the movements from Fauvism to Pop Art are shown.
Grenoble-Bastille Cable Car
Catch a bird’s eye view of Grenoble and the surrounding areas, with a ride up in the first built urban cable car, also known locally as ‘TheBubbles’. The cable car takes you high over the city to a dramatic hilltop overlooking the scenery below. Conclude your ride at the top of fortress mountain, which is 475 meters high, and look down to see the Isère River cascading under Grenoble’s historic bridges. Looking up and around you, mountains peaks tower in all directions. After you have enjoyed the view, take a visit to the Bastille Fort, situated at the top of the hill.
You can purchase flights for a weekend for as little as £15 from Skyscanner. Take a weekend trip and enjoy what the city has to offer. This is the perfect way to get to Grenoble as you can observe with a birds eye view the amazing and almost endless mountains. Prepare yourself for the snow and sun.
Why not add an extra stop to your trip and see more of France before your return. Lyon is approximately an hour and a half away from Grenoble. Turn this into a short road trip to give you an amazing view of the Alps from a different perspective.
You can enjoy your stay in a homely apartment for as little as £31 per night. Supplied with all necessary equipment, the homes listed on Airbnb will make you feel right at home during your stay. You have the option to have the whole place to yourself or go for ahouse share, where you rent out one bedroom and live with other tourists.
You can cozy up in a gorgeous French hotel for as little as £26 a night. Enjoy breakfast in bed and room service at your fingertips during your stay. You can decide on location whether you want to stay right in the center of the city, or a little more near the mountains.
There are a wide variety of small cafes and restaurants situated around Grenoble. There are many French restaurants, most of which offer vegetarian courses too. If you enjoy the 18thcentury theme, take a trip to Auberge Napoleon, with mirrors, baroque trimmings
Enjoy unique and delicious plates like foie gras-topped oysters, squid ink ravioli, and juicy Iberico pork. Reports say that with advance notice, chef Agnes Chotin is an expert at tailoring menus to vegetarian, lactose-free and gluten-free diners.
Grenoble’s public transport system is called TAG, compromised of 45 bus routes and 5 tram lines. For occasional use, different tickets are proposed. You can purchase 1 ticket (1trip) for 1.50€ or 10 trips for 13.40€. The transport system also offers 1-day and 3-day bus passes from 5€ – 12€.
Stay up to date with the latest on transport in Grenoble by visiting TAG’s official website here.
Paul Mistral Park
An urban park located in Grenoble. It has 67 acres and it holds important sportive facilities and the city hall. Placed inside an old military engineering ground, it was created thanks to the International Exhibition of Hydropower and Tourism which took place in 1925. It is free to visit and you can spend a few hours of your day exploring the grounds, or have an afternoon picnic on the green.
Grenoble-Alpes Métropole Pass. Included in this pass is 20 sites for free, the must visit of the destination and its surroundings. These include the Grenoble-Bastille Cable-car, the museum of Grenoble etc. You can get discounts in more than 10 sites and shops. Also includes public transport access, it’s easy to use and you’re able to choose the duration of validity according to your trip. (24, 48 or 72 hours). Prices range from €19 – €48.
You can buy your pass online here.
If you decide to stay in self-catering accommodation during your stay, home cooking is one way to save a lot of money. The range of markets spotted around Grenoble sell