"Capital of the French Alps" Top 5 Page for this destination Grenoble by vinc_bilb

Grenoble Travel Guide: 353 reviews and 769 photos

Not a hot spot for tourism but interesting

Capital of the Alps and of the Dauphine, Grenoble is an interesting city, more interesting than it could appears after a superficial look.

- eart of the Alps: eleven museums, good cafes and restaurants
- interesting views (cable-car up to the panorama of the Bastille, (Grenoble fortress) Vercors, Belledonne and Chartreuse), architecture, ...
- and good ... food (could be expensive)

Grenoble city: a mix between past and future.
This is a flattest town in France, rounded by mountains, with the longest straight avenue (8kms)

BRIEF ID CARD

Located in the Rhône-Alpes region, the capital of the department of Isère.
Population: 560 000 (2008) - whole metropolitan area (rank 11 in France)

Geography:
Flatt city, surrounded by mountains (Chartreuse, Vercors and the Belledonne) and ... twenty ski stations.
Transport:
- Easy access by plane from Grenoble-Isère Airport, Lyon or Geneva.
- Within Grenoble there is a comprehensive bus and tram service.
- Grenoble is served by the TGV network with frequent services to and from Paris
- Good road and rail connections to the north and west are good. An autoroute runs east up the valley towards the Alps and Italy. Connections to the south are less well developed (due to the mountains)
History
* -43 (BJC): First reference: (city name = Cularo)
* 1339: establishment of the University of Grenoble
* 1788: The Day of the Tiles (The first of the revolts which started the French Revolution).
* 1968: Winter Olympic games
* 1988: Creation of the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (funded by 19 countries).
Education
* Grenoble has been a center of academic excellence since the 14th century
* A large international community (foreign students and foreign researchers), with international schools.
* Grenoble is a major scientific center (physics, computer science and applied mathematics, micro & nanotechnology...), including many fundamental and applied scientific research laboratories.
* Human and social sciences: an internationally ranked business school, (the Grenoble École de Management)

Science and industry
Grenoble is famous for its "Polygone Scientifique", one of the largest scientific research centers. The city has also many high-tech and world-renowned enterprises in the surrounding area.

MAIN TOURIST ATTRACTIONS

Visit
* La Bastille: an old series of fortifications, visible from many points in the city.
* museum of Saint Laurent
* Palace of the Parliament of Dauphiné (a 15th-century building)
Do
* Hiking and climbing
* Skiing in winter
* Visit the mountain lakes ... during a hot summer day
* Admire the landscape.
* Explore the Bastille fortifications with the cable car and see the town from above
* Moucherotte mountain, the hardest (and best) way to see, again, the town from above, for hikers

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Past and future, mountains, panorama, multi-cultural
  • Cons:Hot town in summer, cold in winter, traffic, pollution
  • Intro Updated Aug 4, 2009
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  • Pawtuxet's Profile Photo
    Jun 10, 2013 at 7:20 AM

    Loved your restaurant review. It reminded me of a little place in Poland. My daughter is in Grenoble on business all this week so I sent your page and recommendations to her. hope she finds the restaurant.

  • shimlavala's Profile Photo
    Jun 29, 2011 at 5:25 AM

    thnx for sharing info

  • ettiewyn's Profile Photo
    Mar 17, 2011 at 12:18 AM

    Beautiful page, thank you!

  • missmarianne's Profile Photo
    Mar 31, 2010 at 7:39 AM

    wow.. aren't the mountain pix for me...? ^_^

  • balhannah's Profile Photo
    Jan 11, 2010 at 12:28 AM

    Interesting page with lovely photo's of the stunning scenery! Those Mountains and the swing bridge, don't know if I would cross it, but the large Chocolate shop I certainly would enter!

  • Beausoleil's Profile Photo
    Sep 9, 2009 at 3:23 PM

    If you are ever in eastern Ohio in the USA, you may go on a snipe hunt in place of a dahu hunt. Someone always falls for it. LOL

  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Jul 8, 2009 at 5:13 AM

    Your tips bring back nice memories of my visits (years ago!) to Grenoble and the Chartreuse. My younger son once spent a year as an exchange student in Grenoble and liked it very much.

  • Sagespot's Profile Photo
    Mar 7, 2009 at 5:53 PM

    That video is amazingly beautiful! Cheers, Sage

  • tiabunna's Profile Photo
    Oct 17, 2008 at 5:51 AM

    Bravo, une page très bon, Vince. Very interesting reading and great photos (loved the light in the mountains), and a meal at La Coccinelle sounds a great way to finish the day.

  • VZ-Pam's Profile Photo
    Oct 15, 2008 at 4:13 PM

    your monteynard lake pictures are beautiful !!!!

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