Grenoble, life-size city destination


Would you like a holiday that perfectly combines nature and culture?

By Christian Marchand

The capital of the Alps, marked “City of Art and History” and located in unique natural surroundings, offers many opportunities. It is the ideal destination for a stay that offers a subtle balance between culture, living art, nature and vast open spaces.

2,000 years of history and heritage. Grenoble is rich in rebellion, first-time and extraordinary characters. From Julius Caesar to Napoleon, from the revolution to the resistance movement, it is a fascinating story offered to visitors. Its historic heart with its medieval streets and Haussmann squares reveals many surprises.

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A whole visible, hidden or unusual legacy to discover!

The antiques district is full of small shops and galleries, the quays in Isère are conducive to dolce vita, the Championnet district offers a wealth of good restaurants and shopping addresses, and the eco-district Caserne de Bonne (first eco-district de France) is an invitation to relaxation.

Thirty museums for a cultural break. The Grenoble Museum, ranked among the most prestigious in Europe, presents remarkable collections ranging from ancient Egypt to contemporary art, highlighted by luminous architecture. The Albert Michallon Sculpture Park is a natural and dreamlike extension of the visit. All unique and free, reveal the history and identity of the eleven museums in the department of the Isère Grenoble area. To name just a few, the Champollion Museum, the Resistance and Deportation Museum, the Dauphinois Museum or the Museum of the French Revolution are available to you.

The bastille for height. Fort de la Bastille overlooks Grenoble at an altitude of 500 meters. Emblematic bubbles (the first city cable car in France) allow you to walk from the city to the mountains in minutes. At the top a unique panorama that you will never get tired of admiring! The place offers leisure: giant zip lines, tree climbing, outdoor activities, indoor games, museums … The Bastille is the place you must not miss!

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At the end of each street a mountain. Grenoble Alpes is surrounded by the emblematic massifs of Vercors, Chartreuse and Belledonne and is the ideal destination for many outdoor activities: hiking, trail running, cycling, mountain biking, via ferrata, paragliding, canyoning, canoeing … With family or friends, for all levels are all possible in Grenoble.

Nature and culture by bike. With 450 km of cycle paths and bicycle rental, Grenoble can be easily visited by pedaling. For an excursion into the heart of nature, Grenoble Alpes has imagined 21 bicycle loops that can be found in topo guides. These routes take dedicated or easily traveled roads and are suitable for all levels. Why not explore the many street art frescoes that color the city by bike? Made by local and international artists during the eight editions of Street Art Fest ‘, they confirm Grenoble’s creativity. The tourist office offers guided tours of this open-air museum all year round.

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Bonnes barracks. A magical city to explore by bike. © Grenoble-Alpes Métropole-Lucas Frangella

How to get to Grenoble? By train: Brussels-Grenoble via Valence, Lyon or Paris (approx. 6 hours). By plane: Brussels-Lyon-Saint-Exupéry (1 h 25). By car: Brussels-Grenoble, 844 km (approx. 8 hours by motorway).
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Culture and heritage. The historic center, Fort de la Bastille and its cable car, the Grenoble Museum, the eleven departmental museums, Fort du Saint-Eynard and its breathtaking views, the Domaine de Vizille.

Nature. The regional nature parks Vercors and Chartreuse, the many parks and gardens, the village of Sappey-en-Chartreuse, the cave with the Sassenage vessels.

Gastronomy and know-how. AOP Grenoble walnuts and their by-products, gratin dauphinois, Vercors-Sassenage blue cheese, Dauphiné ravioli, the many local and artisanal beers, Lesdiguières glove factory which continues the tradition of gloves in Grenoble.

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