- Country: France
- Region: Rhône-Alpes
- Department: Isère
- Location: in southeastern France that is situated at the foot of the French Alps where the river Drac joins the Isère
- Why visit Grenoble?
- Cultural heritage
It's sure that Grenoble possesses a surprisingly rich cultural palette. From Cularo to the scientific peninsula, from Lesdiguières' major works projects to the 1968 Olympic Games, the city has succeeded in holding on to all the best and offers heritage sites to rival some of Europe's biggest cities.
All around the city centre, which itself offers more than a few museographic treasures, and in the neighboring communities, the greater Grenoble area boasts an impressive diversity of themed museums. Art, culture, science, or industry, in addition to the must-visit museum of Grenoble, makes for an enticing program!
- The Grenoble Art Museum
- The Dauphinois Museum
- The Old Bishop’s Palace Museum
- Le Magasin - National Centre of Contemporary Art
- The Natural History Museum
- La Casemate – Grenoble Centre for Industrial, Technical, and Scientific Culture
- Museum of the Mountain Troops
- Resistance and Deportation Museum
Who hasn't dreamed of "storming the bastille?" Built starting in 1591, the Bastille fortress overlooks the city and is one of Grenoble's most remarkable sites. A stroll through the site offers visitors half a day's worth of discoveries.
The old Dauphiné Parliament building
The jewel of Grenoble's architectural history, the Gothic and Renaissance façades of the old Dauphiné Parliament building define Saint André square. The former Parliament building was the nerve centre of the Dauphiné Parliament, created in 1453. It was the third largest in France, after the Parliaments of Paris and Toulouse, and acted as the province's highest justice court, controlling administrative life, often playing a rôle in some of the Dauphiné's most notable historic events from the establishment of the delphinal principality to the Day of the Roof Tiles and the blossoming of the French Revolution in 1788.
The solar clock of the old Jesuit College
A prime example of the scientific knowledge of the 17th century Jesuits, the reflective solar clock was painted in 1673 by Father Bonfa. The sun's rays reflect off of two small mirrors, indicating various information on the painted walls. The clock shows the position of the sun and the moon, as well as important dates in the calendar of the Virgin Mary and in the reign of Louis XIV.
Cabaret Frappé music festival
A jamming free-for-all full of sound! That's the best way to describe the Cabaret Frappé festival, which has become a not-to-be-missed happening for 50,000 people every year. Indie pop, world music, folk, soul, hip hop, or blues, a symphony of musical styles will heat up Grenoble's summer evenings. Cabaret Frappé also reveals several up and coming talents each year.
The Berlioz Festvial is another one of the not-to-be-missed summer events in the Isère department, and even in the Rhone-Alps region. This festival is nationally recognized as one of the biggest classical music events of the summer season. It is also one of France's rare symphonic music festivals.
During the second half of August, La Côte Saint André, home town of Romantic composer Hector Berlioz, comes to life to the sounds of symphonic concerts.
Outdoor short film festival
The outdoor short film festival lets the public and industry professionals discover the work of some of the current generation's most representative short film makers. Beginning and experienced film makers are brought together in the programme of competiting short films. Each afternoon, the public can enjoy showings of short films that have made history in the Juliet Berto hall.
Young European Theatre Conference
The Young European Theatre Conference offers nine days of immersion in a theatrical borderfree community that unites participants. It's also nine days of meeting others who share a passion for the theatre, encounters with other cultures, languages, and the adventure of group creation.
Free Districts Festival
Multi-disciplinary, cosmopolitan and even socially active, the Festival Quartiers Libres takes place in Grenoble's working class neighbourhoods and in the greater Grenoble area. Each year, street theatre, dance, music, and poetry are on hand and make this event a real moveable theatre of curiosities.
- Natural parks
In Isère, nature has remained great and untamed. The diversity of the landscapes is exceptional, marked by the hills and the plains, along with lower and upper mountains.
Forests, peaks, lakes, or grottoes, the curiosities of the mountains vary.
A multitude of protected areas full of character are just waiting to be discovered during a hike or a back-to-nature stay. The natural parks shelter untouched plants and animals that are remarkable in their diversity.
In Grenoble, capital of the French Alps, the mountains are omnipresent and available for hiking, nature walks starting in the city, an excursion across the Vercors or Chartreuse mountains on donkey back, snow shoe treks, or dog sledding, even high mountain races for the most athletic: all of the mountain is accessible from Grenoble!
- Practical information
Grenoble discovery pass: a discovery package that includes:
1 round trip in the Bastille cable car
+ 1 admission to the Grenoble art museum
+ 1 commented visit on the Tourist Train
+ 1 guided or audio guided visit
Further information: http://www.grenoble-tourisme.com/
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