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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 $94
Le Grand Hotel Grenoble Centre

Le Grand Hotel Grenoble Centre

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

    Located in Grenoble City Centre, this romantic hotel is steps from Place Grenette and Les Halles Sainte-Claire. Jardin de Ville and Grenoble Theater are also within 5 minutes. Hubert Dubedout-Maison du Tourisme Tram Stop is only a 2-minute walk and Sainte-Claire Les Halles Tram Stop is 3 minutes.

    Residhotel Grenette $48
    Residhotel Grenette

    Residhotel Grenette

    12 rue de Palanka, Grenoble, Isere
       
      3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Grenoble City Centre, this residence is within a 5-minute walk of Place Grenette, Grenoble-Bastille Cable Car, and Jardin de Ville. Grenoble Theater and Les Halles Sainte-Claire are also within 10 minutes. Victor Hugo Tram Stop is only a 2-minute walk and Hubert Dubedout-Maison du Tourisme Tram Stop is 4 minutes.

      Novotel Grenoble Centre $73
      Novotel Grenoble Centre

      Novotel Grenoble Centre

      7 Place Robert Schuman, Grenoble, Isere
         
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Secteur 1, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of WTC Grenoble and Minatec. Grenoble-Bastille Cable Car and Jardin de Ville are also within 1 mi (2 km). Palais de Justice Tram Stop is only a 2-minute walk and Saint-Bruno Tram Stop is 4 minutes.

        Residhotel Central Gare $42
        Residhotel Central Gare

        Residhotel Central Gare

        8 Place de la Gare, Grenoble, Isere
           
          3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Secteur 1, this residence is within a 10-minute walk of WTC Grenoble and Jardin des Dauphins. Minatec and Grenoble-Bastille Cable Car are also within 15 minutes. Grenoble Station is only a 2-minute walk and Gares Tram Stop is 2 minutes.

          Hôtel d'Angleterre Grenoble Hyper-Centre
          Hôtel d'Angleterre Grenoble Hyper-Centre

          Hôtel d'Angleterre Grenoble Hyper-Centre

          5 Place Victor Hugo, Grenoble, Isere
             
            3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Grenoble City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Place Grenette, Grenoble-Bastille Cable Car, and Jardin de Ville. Les Halles Sainte-Claire and Grenoble Theater are also within 10 minutes. Victor Hugo Tram Stop is only a 2-minute walk and Hubert Dubedout-Maison du Tourisme Tram Stop is 4 minutes.

            Citadines City Centre Grenoble $64
            Citadines City Centre Grenoble

            Citadines City Centre Grenoble

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

              Located in Grenoble City Centre, this residence is within a 10-minute walk of Paul Mistral Park, Museum of Resistance and Deportation, and La Caserne de Bonne. Les Halles Sainte-Claire and Place Grenette are also within 10 minutes. Verdun-Prefecture Tram Stop and Chavant Tram Stop are within a 5-minute walk.

              Hipark by Adagio Grenoble $50
              Hipark by Adagio Grenoble

              Hipark by Adagio Grenoble

              6 Rue Auguste Genin, Grenoble, Isere
                 
                3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Quartier Chorier-Berriat, this residence is within a 15-minute walk of WTC Grenoble, Minatec, and Jardin des Dauphins. La Caserne de Bonne and Grenoble-Bastille Cable Car are also within 1 mi (2 km). Palais de Justice Tram Stop and Saint-Bruno Tram Stop are within a 5-minute walk.

                Privilodges Le Hüb Grenoble $75
                Privilodges Le Hüb Grenoble

                Privilodges Le Hüb Grenoble

                25 avenue du Doyen Louis Weil, Grenoble
                   
                  0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Secteur 1, this aparthotel is within a 5-minute walk of WTC Grenoble and Minatec. Jardin des Dauphins and Grenoble-Bastille Cable Car are also within 1 mi (2 km). Cite Internationale Tram Stop and Palais de Justice Tram Stop are within a 5-minute walk.