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Place Notre Dame

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

Place Notre Dame is one of the most lively and interesting areas of Grenoble’s Old Town. The square is defined by the massive limestone and brick tower of Grenoble Cathedral. This cathedral, together with St. Hugues Church and the ancient baptistery, form the square’s landmark cathedral complex. Sip a coffee at one of the pleasant cafés lining the square and watch the world go by or explore its fascinating historic buildings, many of which date back to the 12th century.

As you wander through the square, look for the Fontaine des Trois Ordres (Fountain of the Three Orders), which was carved by sculptor Henri Ding in the 19th century. The stone and bronze fountain depicts three men: a commoner, a member of the clergy and a nobleman. It was erected in 1897 in memory of the pre-revolutionary events of 1788. 

Attached to the larger Grenoble Cathedral, you’ll find St. Hugues Church. It is part of a double church system with the cathedral, but the original purpose of this 13th-century church is not known. Explore the church’s interior. Be alert for its beautiful 18th-century painting The Washing of the Feet. The church also contains a notable baptismal font, which was used at the baptism of famed French novelist Stendhal. 

Don’t miss one of the square’s most compelling attractions, the Musée de l’Ancien Évêché (Old Bishops’ Palace Museum). Home to Grenoble’s bishops until 1906, the museum now houses an excellent collection that traces Grenoble’s history from its earliest settlers up to the 20th century. Upstairs, find intricate mosaic floor panels, Bronze Age weapons, Roman artifacts and Neolithic jade jewelry. 

Go to the museum’s basement, which takes visitors beneath Place Notre Dame. Here, you’ll see the remains of the city’s 3rd-century Roman town walls and a 4th-century baptistery (baptismal font), both of which are remarkably well preserved.

Reach Place Notre Dame by taking the tram or bus to the Notre Dame Museum stop. Parking is available at nearby Place Lavalette. Admission to the museum and other historic attractions is free.


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Le Grand Hotel Grenoble Centre $94
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Le Grand Hotel Grenoble Centre

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    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
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    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

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      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.

        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.

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          Hôtel d'Angleterre Grenoble Hyper-Centre

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          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.

            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.

              Residhome Caserne de Bonne
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              Residhome Caserne de Bonne

              21 rue Lazare Carnot, Grenoble, Isere
                 
                4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Grenoble City Centre, this residence is within a 10-minute walk of La Caserne de Bonne and Paul Mistral Park. Place Grenette and Les Halles Sainte-Claire are also within 15 minutes. Foch-Ferrie Tram Stop is 5 minutes by foot and Gustave Rivet Tram Stop is 6 minutes.

                The Originals City, Hôtel Gambetta, Grenoble (Inter-Hotel) $61
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                The Originals City, Hôtel Gambetta, Grenoble (Inter-Hotel)

                59 Boulevard Gambetta, Grenoble, Isere
                   
                  3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

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