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Fort de la Bastille

Towering over Grenoble, this ancient hilltop site is one of the city’s most important and prominent landmarks.

Fort de la Bastille is a well-preserved fortress known for its dramatic views and for the significant role it has played in Grenoble’s history over more than 2,000 years. Enjoy the famous cable car ride taken to reach this hillside fort. As the center of Grenoble’s military and political action for hundreds of years, the fort itself also has attractions to discover.

The fort was constructed during the 19th century, but human use of this strategic hillside location dates back as far as 43 B.C. Inspect the current fort’s wall-mounted turrets to see that one is actually a remnant from an earlier fortification built in the 16th century. The fort standing on the hillside today was constructed in order to protect the city against an attack led by the dukes of Savoy.

Follow the lengthy paths that lead to the top of the fortress, where you’ll find a dungeon bordered by two fortified arms. Along the way, explore ancient ramparts, blockhouses, strongholds and gunfire seats. Take time to enjoy the view of the surrounding Chartreuse Mountains and the Isère River below. Grenoble is actually one of the flattest towns in France, causing it to contrast dramatically against the neighboring mountain peaks. 

Bring a flashlight and make your way down into the eerie Mandarin Caves. Located near the entrance to the fort, these underground passageways demonstrate the full scale of the fort’s extensive defensive system. 

Head to the Museum of Mountain Troops, which is located a short walk away from Fort de la Bastille. This excellent collection focuses on the history of Grenoble’s mountain troops, exploring their origins and evolution over the years. Pick up an English, French or Italian audio guide. A tour of this museum is a natural addition to a day spent exploring the fort, providing historical context for its various attractions.

Ride the popular Grenoble-Bastille cable car to reach Fort de la Bastille or access the fort by simply hiking up the hillside. Follow the well-marked route, which takes about an hour to walk, beginning near Archaeological Museum Grenoble Saint-Laurent on the northern bank of the Isère River.


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Le Grand Hotel Grenoble Centre $78
Reviewed on Feb 15, 2019
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Le Grand Hotel Grenoble Centre

Le Grand Hotel Grenoble Centre

5 Rue De La Republique, Grenoble, Isere
     
    4.6 of 5
    4.0 out of 5.0

    Good breakfast.

    Novotel Grenoble Centre $100
    Reviewed on May 15, 2019
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    Novotel Grenoble Centre

    Novotel Grenoble Centre

    7 Place Robert Schuman, Grenoble, Isere
       
      4.1 of 5
      4.0 out of 5.0

      Liked the condition of the spacious room, the hotel location and the convenient free parking. Good value for the money.

      OKKO Hotels Grenoble Jardin Hoche $121
      Reviewed on Feb 9, 2019
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      OKKO Hotels Grenoble Jardin Hoche

      OKKO Hotels Grenoble Jardin Hoche

      23 rue Hoche, Grenoble, Isere
         
        4.6 of 5
        4.0 out of 5.0

        We love the location. The room was nice but the bathroom location inside the room was a surprise to me.

        Hôtel de l'Europe Grenoble Hyper Centre $66
        Reviewed on Oct 29, 2018
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        Hôtel de l'Europe Grenoble Hyper Centre

        Hôtel de l'Europe Grenoble Hyper Centre

        22 Place Grenette, Grenoble, Isere
           
          4.0 of 5
          3.0 out of 5.0

          Lovely hotel in a great location. Friendly, helpful staff. Would definitely stay again

          Citadines City Centre Grenoble $55
          Reviewed on Apr 22, 2019
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          Citadines City Centre Grenoble

          Citadines City Centre Grenoble

          9-11 Rue De Strasbourg, Grenoble, Isere
             
            4.2 of 5
            3.0 out of 5.0

            The hotel is in the ideal location for exploring Grenoble. The town centre is less than a 10 minute walk away and there is a tram line and bus stops very nearby. The room includes a small kitchen, with fridge, hob and everything needed to make a simple meal. There are two supermarkets just outside, ...

            Hotel The Originals Grenoble Gambetta (ex Inter-Hotel) $58
            Reviewed on Nov 6, 2018
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            Hotel The Originals Grenoble Gambetta (ex Inter-Hotel)

            Hotel The Originals Grenoble Gambetta (ex Inter-Hotel)

            59 Boulevard Gambetta, Grenoble, Isere
               
              4.0 of 5
              3.0 out of 5.0

              Great hotel in good location. Staff were helpful and friendly. Room a bit hot so turned off radiator. Would of been nice to have a kettle in the room.

              Residhotel Grenette $44
              Reviewed on Nov 4, 2018
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              Residhotel Grenette

              Residhotel Grenette

              12 rue de Palanka, Grenoble, Isere
                 
                3.9 of 5
                3.0 out of 5.0

                Lovely quiet hotel, with fantastic and helpful staff

                Royal Hôtel Grenoble Centre $70
                Reviewed on Apr 21, 2019
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                Royal Hôtel Grenoble Centre

                Royal Hôtel Grenoble Centre

                2 Rue Gabriel Peri, Grenoble, Isere
                   
                  3.9 of 5
                  3.0 out of 5.0

                  Very nice located hotel which operate from 1927 (so it's affect rooms and amenities sizes). Close to almost everything - transportation centers and city historical center but reside in quiet area. Friendly and fast check-in/check-out. Room not big but comfortable