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  • 1 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..

  • 2 Vercors 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..

  • 3 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..

  • 4 Musée de l'Ancien Évêché - Patrimoines de l'Isère Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    2 Rue Très-Cloîtres F - 38000 Grenoble

    Located in the heart of the old town, the former archbishops' palace is home to a regional museum which provides an insight into different eras, from prehistory to modern times. It is also an archaeological site as restoration work has revealed vesti..

  • 5 Archeological Museum, Church of St Laurent Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    2 Rue St-Laurent F - 38000 Grenoble

    This ancient sanctuary, a contemporary of the crypt of Jouarre, is richly decorated in a mixture of Romanesque, Merovingian and Carlongian styles which in no way detracts from its overall cohesion. St Oyand's crypt is part of a Christian funeral ense..

  • 6 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 ..

  • 7 Old Palace of the Parliament of Dauphiné Interesting

    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.

  • 8 Dauphinois Museum Interesting

    Museums and art

    30 r. Maurice-Gignoux F - 38031 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 ..

  • 9 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..

  • 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

    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's House

    Museums and art

    20 Grande-Rue F - 38000 Grenoble

    This was the home of Dr. Gagnon, Stendhal's grandfather. Young Henry spent part of his childhood in this house, which has two courtyards with loggias, dating from the 15 and 18C.

  • 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

    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. Metal markers have been set into the paving stones to indicate the outline. The only vestige that remains of the vast medieval bishopric buildi..

  • 18 Cathedral of Our Lady

    Religious buildings

    pl. Notre-Dame F - 38000 Grenoble

    The five adjoining naves and the Carolingian base of the porch-bell-tower reflect the pre-Romanesque character of this cathedral which was modified on many occasions in the past. The vast Chapel of St Hugh was the nave of a 13C church that once stood..

  • 19 Old Bishops' 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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