Grenoble town


Your arrival in Grenoble is inevitably marked by the presence of its mountains no matter which direction you come from. No matter where you look, your gaze will fall on the ridges of the Vercors, Chartreuse and Belledonne and will playfully jump from one summit to the next trying to guess their names. The city, that became a crossing point of the Isere almost two thousand years ago, has woven a close yet sometimes tumultuous relationship with its alpine surroundings throughout the centuries. Here the city has drawn from its many resources (hydro-electricity, white coal…) that have made it into the recognised headquarters of scientific and industrial innovation, prized for its surroundings and all the outdoor activities it offers.

Grenoble does not limit itself to its mountains and its economic and academic dynamism. It is a historical city with its unique remnants of the first traces of Christianity and an architectural heritage that crosses all ages, it also offers art lovers venues and dates not to be missed:

Museums, shows, festivals…

Finally, Grenoble also provides for those who are fond of travelling in the footsteps of Stendhal or constable Lesdiguières, to venture into random streets, places, gardens, to the top of the Bastille, on foot, by bike or by cable car, taking the time to sit outside or to sample the Dauphine gastronomy, made popular again by numerous restaurants…

Where should the visit to Grenoble start!

At the Bastille, in a museum or in the historical centre…?

Guided tours, accommodation, discoveries and tips for Grenoble or the surrounding areas, for everyone and all budgets: the Tourism Office will tailor a program to meet your needs!

Information: 04 76 42 41 41

The Y of Grenoble

The “Y” is the name given to the area where the two rivers, Isère and Drac, confluence and around which the agglomeration of Grenoble has been developed. This is commonly known as the Metro, 28 communes and some 400 000 inhabitants. Between the Vercors, Belledonne and Chartreuse the Grenoble metropolis go up the slopes of the surrounding massifs, leaving half of its surface area to the forest.

It is also the second largest scientific research hub in France, after the Ile-de-France region.