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GrenobleFrance

The “Gateway to the Alps” is famous for medieval architecture, historic cafés and summer and winter sports in the surrounding snowcapped mountains.

With ski resorts, hilltop forts, national history museums, historic cafés, and picturesque squares lined with centuries-old architecture, Grenoble offers numerous attractions. The city sits at the confluence of the rivers Isère and Drac, encircled by the snow-covered Alps.

Despite its mountain location, Grenoble is a low-lying city. Its flat streets are ideal for exploring on foot. Find major attractions on the south side of the Isère River. Visit Place St. André, the heart of the city’s historic quarter. Admire the breathtaking mountain backdrop from a café terrace amid buildings dating from the Middle Ages. Café de la Table Ronde opened in 1739 and is one of France’s oldest cafés.

Stroll along grand Place Notre Dame to the Musée de l’Ancien Évêché, where steps lead to an ancient crypt below the Eglise Notre Dame. Visit the Museum of Grenoble to see a vast collection of modern art. Spot work by Henri Matisse and Pablo Picasso in addition to Flemish, Italian and Renaissance paintings.

Delve into local and national history at the museums located south of the historic center. Discover Grenoble’s involvement in World War II at the poignant Museum of Resistance and Deportation. See displays of alpine flora and fauna at the Natural History Museum.

Go to the leafy Jardin de Ville to ride the Grenoble-Bastille Cable Car, which travels over the Isère River to a hilltop at the base of Chartreuse Massif. The 19th-century Fort de la Bastille offers mountain scenery and city views. Return to the city via a trail passing fortifications and the pretty Jardin des Dauphins. At the trail’s end, the Dauphinois Museum showcases mountain cultures and traditions.

Reach Grenoble by flying to Grenoble-Isère Airport, a 40-minute drive from the city center, or catch a train from major French destinations or Geneva, Switzerland. With over 200 ski resorts in the surrounding region, Grenoble’s snowy winters and warm summers are perfect for outdoor adventures. Come and see why it is called the “Gateway to the Alps.”

Where to stay in Grenoble

Jardin de Ville showing a garden

Grenoble City Centre

4.5/5Wonderful!(30 area reviews)

Historic sites, bars, and shopping highlight some notable features of Grenoble City Centre. Make a stop by Jardin de Ville or Grenoble-Bastille Cable Car while you're visiting, and jump aboard the metro at Hubert Dubedout-Maison du Tourisme Tram Stop or Victor Hugo Tram Stop to get around town.

Grenoble City Centre
Jardin de Ville featuring a garden

Quartier Hyper-Centre

If you're spending time in Quartier Hyper-Centre, check out sights like Jardin de Ville or Grenoble-Bastille Cable Car and hop on the metro to see more the city at Hubert Dubedout-Maison du Tourisme Tram Stop or Victor Hugo Tram Stop.

Quartier Hyper-Centre
Grenoble which includes flowers and a garden

Secteur 4

3.5/5Good!(2 area reviews)

Appreciated for its restaurants and waterfalls, you might consider exploring Secteur 4. Check out the variety of things to see and do like Paul Mistral Park, and jump on the metro at MC2-Maison de la Culture Tram Stop or Mounier Tram Stop to get around the city.

Secteur 4
Fort de la Bastille showing a river or creek and a city

Secteur 2

Historic sites, bars, and shopping highlight some notable features of Secteur 2. Make a stop by Jardin de Ville or Place Notre Dame while you're visiting, and jump aboard the metro at Sainte-Claire Les Halles Tram Stop or Notre-Dame Musee Tram Stop to get around town.

Secteur 2
Grenoble which includes flowers and a garden

Quartier Exposition-Bajatière

If you're spending time in Quartier Exposition-Bajatière, check out sights like Paul Mistral Park or Alps Stadium and hop on the metro to see more the city at Albert 1er de Belgique Tram Stop or Mounier Tram Stop.

Quartier Exposition-Bajatière
Grenoble in France is in the Rhône-Alpes region and is situated at the foot of the French alps. In fact this city is surrounded by mountains - you can't look down a street without seeing mountains at the other end.

Secteur 5

Check out the entertainment venues while you're in Secteur 5. Hop on the metro at Flandrin-Valmy Tram Stop and Malherbe Tram Stop to see top sights like MC2 and Alps Stadium.

Secteur 5

Top Hotels in Grenoble

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Le Grand Hotel Grenoble Centre
Le Grand Hotel Grenoble Centre
4 out of 5
5 Rue De La Republique, Grenoble, Isere
The price is $79 per night from Oct 4 to Oct 5

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 ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (745 reviews)

"Thé staff was outstanding, the room very comfortable, nice AC and free movies, and great central location."…"

Reviewed on Aug 12, 2020

Le Grand Hotel Grenoble Centre
Residhotel Grenette
Residhotel Grenette
3 out of 5
12 rue de Palanka, Grenoble, Isere
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $47 per night from Oct 3 to Oct 4

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 ...

4/5Very Good! (452 reviews)
Highly recommended

"Very clean accommodation at a reasonable price."…"

Reviewed on Dec 29, 2019

Residhotel Grenette
Novotel Grenoble Centre
Novotel Grenoble Centre
4 out of 5
7 Place Robert Schuman, Grenoble, Isere
The price is $91 per night from Oct 18 to Oct 19

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 ...

4.1/5Very Good! (364 reviews)

"Nice location"…"

Reviewed on Mar 6, 2020

Novotel Grenoble Centre

Popular places to visit in Grenoble

Grenoble-Bastille Cable Car
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Grenoble-Bastille Cable Car

4/5(10 reviews)

One of Grenoble’s most popular tourist attractions, this unique ride takes visitors high over the city to a dramatic hilltop overlooking the scenery below. 

Jardin de Ville
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Jardin de Ville

3/5(1 review)

An oasis of peaceful greenery in the center of the city, this public garden is the site of one of Grenoble’s biggest festivals every summer. 

Museum of Grenoble
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Museum of Grenoble

4.5/5(4 reviews)

See one of France’s most prestigious art museums, with an outstanding collection that holds works by Matisse, Chagall, Picasso and other masters.

Place Notre Dame
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Place Notre Dame

4/5(2 reviews)

Go for a stroll or relax at an outdoor café in this busy square, home to several of Grenoble’s most important historic sites. 

Fort de la Bastille
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Fort de la Bastille

4.5/5(13 reviews)

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

Museum of Resistance and Deportation
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Museum of Resistance and Deportation

5/5(1 review)

This museum explores the poignant story of deportation of “undesirables” during World War II and the role of Grenoble and the Isère region in France’s Resistance movement. 

Top things to do in Grenoble

Discovery baptism
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Discovery baptism

$98
Per adult
Introduction to ULM piloting
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Introduction to ULM piloting

$235
Per adult
Photo shooting
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Photo shooting

$296
Per adult

Reviews of Grenoble

4.4

Top Destination

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3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

Dec 6, 2019

The archaeology museum was amazing!! Our family loved it!

5/5 - Excellent

WorldTraveler

Dec 4, 2019

Great place to visit. Plenty of places to hike in the mountains or run.

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

Nov 19, 2019

No English menu at the restaurants. The restaurants themselves are not very friendly and accommodating. Even if they were half empty they’d refuse to sit you.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Aug 26, 2019

Lovely city, friendly people and great sites to visit. Enjoyed my stay there!

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Jul 30, 2019

No

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

Jul 20, 2019

Very low class hotel, very dirty amenities, water kettle so filthy and coffee cups have stain, not enough lighting in the bathroom, shower handle broken and finally very limited space for parking the cars

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