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  • 1 Vercors Massif Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 38000 Grenoble

    Rising above Grenoble like a fortress, the Vercors became the largest natural park in the northern Alps in 1970. It is reached by narrow gorges such as the gorges of Engins, Grands Goulets or La Bourne. The high, open plateaux are covered with forest..

  • 2 Musée de Grenoble Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    5 pl. Lavalette F - 38000 Grenoble

    This soberly designed building is home to one of France's most prestigious museums, which houses exhibits from centuries past as well as modern art. The French and Spanish schools are well represented, with works by Philippe de Champaigne and canvase..

  • 3 Museum of the Former Bishopric, Grenoble Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    2 Rue Très-Cloîtres F - 38000 Grenoble

    Shut away behind high outer walls, Grenoble's former archbishop's palace, the oldest parts of which date back to the 13C, houses the Museum of the Former Bishopric, which makes for an interesting tour. Conceived as a centre documenting the local heri..

  • 4 Archeological Museum Grenoble St Laurent Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    2 Rue St-Laurent F - 38000 Grenoble

    Built into the remains of a Roman necropolis with several mausolea, St Oyand Crypt is part of a cruciform funeral church dating from the early 6C. The new museography - illumination of the ruins, 3D reconstruction of the different architectural phase..

  • 5 Massif de la Chartreuse Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 38000 Grenoble

    Although too secluded to be reached by the main road, the Chartreuse mountain range can be accessed by the Col de Vence and scenic roads from Grenoble in the direction of St-Pierre-de-Chartreuse, or from Chambéry via the Col du Granier. After gorges ..

  • 6 Fort de la Bastille Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    Fort de la Bastille F - 38000 Grenoble

    From the rocky spur, just at the exit of the cable-car station, there is a view over the town, the confluence of the Isère and the Drac, the Isère valley, framed by Néro's Helmet and the lower peaks of the Vercors. On the terrace, viewpoint indicator..

  • 7 Dauphinois Museum Interesting

    Museums and art

    30 r. Maurice-Gignoux F - 38000 Grenoble

    This remarkable museum of art and popular traditions is located in the former 17C convent of the Visitation de Ste-Marie-d'en-Haut (the superb chapel of which is one of the gems of Baroque art), perched on a hillside in a beautiful setting. The very ..

  • 8 Museum of the Resistance and Deportation Interesting

    Museums and art

    14 r. Hébert F - 38000 Grenoble

    Reconstitutions and decors trace the story of the Grenoble Resistance movement which was particularly active. The «Monaco» meeting which is referred to was held at Méaudré in January 1944 and was an essential stage in the unification of the various i..

  • 9 Old Palace of the Parliament of Dauphiné

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    4 pl. St-André F - 38000 Grenoble

    The former palace of the Dauphinois parliament is the most interesting civil monument in old Grenoble; the left wing is in flamboyant style and the right wing is Renaissance. Inside, the ceiling and woodwork are of particular interest.

  • 10 Place Grenette

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    pl. Grenette F - 38000 Grenoble

    If you have arranged to meet someone in Grenoble, it will undoubtedly be in this square, made famous by Stendhal. It is a favourite place with local people who like to go for a stroll here or have a drink on the café terraces.

  • 11 Grande-Rue, Grenoble

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Grande-Rue F - 38000 Grenoble

    A number of famous people were born or lived in the old houses of this ancient Roman road (cardo). At no 20 is Doctor Gagnon's house (grandfather of novelist Stendhal). His living quarters, on the second floor, where Henri Beyle spent part of his chi..

  • 12 Stendhal Museum - Dr Gagnon's Apartment

    Museums and art

    F - 38000 Grenoble

    The house allows visitors to soak up the atmosphere of the bourgeois apartment where Henri Beyle spent part of his childhood and to get a feel for the work of the future writer. A number of paintings depict Stendhal's family and teachers in the Itali..

  • 13 Place St-André

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    pl. St-André F - 38000 Grenoble

    Protected by the chevalier Bayard who stands fearlessly and inoffensively in the centre of this square, you can take a seat at one of France's oldest cafés, La Table Ronde, which opened in 1739. This is where Stendhal liked to sit and write.

  • 14 St Andrew Collegiate of Grenoble

    Religious buildings

    6 Rue Hector-Berlioz F - 38000 Grenoble

    This is the former Dauphins' chapel. The brick-built church, dating from the 13C, is dominated by a tower, crowned with an octagonal tuff steeple. Bayard's mausoleum, erected in the 17C, stands on the left.

  • 15 Hôtel de Lesdiguières

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    1 Rue Hector-Berlioz F - 38000 Grenoble

    This residence was built for the military commander François de Lesdiguières (1543-1626), who preferred his more luxurious residence in Vizille. The administrative headquarters of the Dauphiné region were based here in the 18C, and the building was G..

  • 16 Rue Chenoise

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Rue Chenoise F - 38000 Grenoble

    This street, which runs parallel to the rue de la Brocherie, frequented by the nobility of Grenoble, has retained a few vestiges of the past, such as the 18C hôtel d'Ornacieux (also called the hôtel Vaucanson). You can glimpse its fine staircase in t..

  • 17 Place Notre-Dame

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Place Notre-Dame F - 38000 Grenoble

    Construction work for the tramway led to the discovery of the Gallo-Roman fortifications of Gratianapolis beneath the square in front of the church. White stones indicate the outline. All that remains of the vast medieval bishopric buildings is the C..

  • 18 Grenoble Cathedral of Our Lady

    Religious buildings

    pl. Notre-Dame F - 38000 Grenoble

    Notre Dame Cathedral boasts five naves and was built in 13C (the porch-bell tower in the late 12C). It houses, in the chancel, a 14m-high, Flamboyant Gothic sculpted stone ciborium. From the 4C, along with the Église Ste-Hugues and the baptistery (de..

  • 19 Grenoble Bishop's Palace

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Place Notre-Dame F - 38000 Grenoble

    Grenoble's former bishops' palace (évêché) is hidden behind high walls. It is now home to the Musée de l'Ancien Évêché.

  • 20 Hôtel François-Marc

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    22 Rue Barnave F - 38000 Grenoble

    This private residence is built in Gothic style and has a doorway decorated with the lion of St Mark. The doorway leads to an inner courtyard with a graceful spiral staircase. It gives an idea of what a middle-class house in Grenoble looked like at t..

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