First, get a bird’s eye view of Grenoble and the surrounding valley with a ride up with the cable car. The first urban cable car in France. These round gondola lifts with their clear sides take you up to the Bastille fort: 500 meters up in just 5 minutes!
Then, visit the “Musée de Grenoble”, which gathers more than 900 art works, is a must-see for art lovers. In this museum, visitors will see Western paintings from the 13th to the 21st century as well as Egyptian antiquities or contemporary works. Nearby, in the historical centre of the city, the “Musée de l’Ancien Evêché” is also worth visiting. On five levels, artefacts and paintings tell the History of Grenoble and the department of Isère, from prehistory to the present day.
Once outside the museum, you can walk down the antique dealers’ district where you will come across traditional shops, second-hand book sellers, antique dealers and cafés. Well known to the inhabitants of Grenoble for its flea markets and neighbourhood parties, this bustling area looks like a small village inside the city. Afterwards, keep on walking in the pleasant pedestrian streets of the city centre where you will find many, restaurants and bars to quench your thirst and satisfy your appetite.
Grenoble centre has also everything at hand to satisfy your shopping wishes - whether you are in the mood for fashion, home, gourmet or culture treats! Retailers stretch around main avenues and squares, such as Place Victor Hugo or Grenette, Rue Félix Poulat and neighbouring streets, where old buildings blend in harmony. Paved streets will take you to tiny boutiques in Rue Lafayette, Grand Rue or Rue de Bonne: your shopping wishes are granted!
For those who would like to continue the walk a bit further, the quays of the Isère River are a unique place, at the edge of the city, surrounded by the Chartreuse, Belledonne and Vercors mountain ranges. Going there at nightfall is a magical moment: the city lights reflect on the river and the Italian district, easily recognizable thanks to its numerous Italian restaurants, comes to life.
At night-time, why not enjoy Grenoble’s nightlife in one of the city bars, pubs, performance halls, clubs, etc.? In summer, several festivals liven up the streets of Grenoble.
Nature and big sky
Grenoble, a city in the mountains…and vice versa!
What strikes people first is the natural setting of the city, carefully surrounded by impressive mountains, which themselves harbor restless torrents and deep forests. On the rounded hills, secret valleys snuggle with natural prairies and farmland. Here, man and nature learn to live together in reassuring harmony.
Visit with a local, the Grenoble greeters welcome you year round!