Grenoble has an exceptional geographical location, nestled at the heart of emblematic mountain ranges like Vercors, Chartreuse and Belledonne. A pioneer, innovative and inspiring city, the Capital of the Alps is constantly reinventing itself.
It is the ideal destination for an urban and nature-based stay, accessible without a car, offering a subtle balance between culture, living arts, wide open spaces and outdoor activities in winter as in summer (ski touring at ‘Col de Porte’, urban via-ferrata on the foothills of the Bastille, canoeing on the Isère river, paragliding in Saint Hilaire du Touvet, night skiing with breathtaking views of Grenoble…). Everything is possible in Grenoble and in the neighboring massifs so close and so different from each other!
The flattest city in France, Grenoble Alpes is easily run through by two-wheelers: on a daily basis (450 km of cycle paths) and during leisure time (21 bike loops, signposted paths for mountain biking, etc.). The destination is developing ‘low-carbon’ holiday packages pointing at soft mobility, and in particular cycling, so that Grenoble Alpes becomes an innovative and inspiring European nature / culture eco-destination, that will act in favor of tomorrow’s tourism.
Labeled ‘City of Art and History’, Grenoble has 34 museums, avant-garde galleries, national stages, numerous events and festivals, and a whole historical, contemporary, hidden or unusual heritage. As the leading European street art destination, Grenoble stands out for the number and diversity of frescoes produced by local and international artists, throughout the Street Art Fest 'editions.
Elected European Green Capital 2022, Grenoble is also recognized as an exemplary metropolis in terms of sustainability, soft mobility, circular economy and inclusion. This exceptional year, aims at : accelerate the transitions by going further towards the sustainable resilience of our Alpine territory while inventing a new societal model of life: a modern ideal combining respect for environmental resources and living organisms, and ambitious but well-controlled development of the territory.
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Park Hôtel Grenoble ★★★★
Located on the edge of Paul Mistral Park
Guest can enjoy a wellness room
Okko Hotels Grenoble ★★★★
Great location to explore the city on foot.
Great Food: Meals here are highly recommended
Top things to do
The not-to-be-missed “bubbles” of Grenoble, the first urban cable car in France, provide access to the Fort de la Bastille site to admire a magnificent panorama going from Mont-Blanc to the Ecrins mountain range. One can also practice a sport activity (yoga, adventure course, treasure hunt, trail), or visit one of the 2 museums or taste local specialties in one of the 2 restaurants.
Since 2015, Grenoble is considered as an open-air museum with more than 135 permanent wallstreet art frecoes in the city and in its urban area. Walls that are chosen from the public space as close as possible to sustainable traffic roads (tram lines, cycle paths, bus lines), but also walls in less busy streets, in which one will be happy to search for the next work that will come to one’s eyes. Strolling through the city then becomes a constant discovery. And all of this for free!
Museum amateurs will have plenty to do: Grenoble counts no less than 15 museums covering a wide range of topics, from the most conventional to the most surprising! Discover temporary exhibitions or permanent collections at your own pace, be ready for fulfilling enchantments.
Starting from the city, 820 kilometers of marked trails stretch towards the Vercors mountains or Sappey en Chartreuse, leading to valleys, hills, forests, and meadows. Leave the city center for a climb towards breathtaking landscapes starting with a family walk up to the Bastille. And if a longer climb doesn’t intimidate you, try out getting all the way to the Saint Eynard fort from the Bastille!
Close to the legendary Alpine passes and at the heart of three valleys, Grenoble is a hotspot for biking vacations. Get on your bicycle and pedal down the marked paths!
Do you enjoy bike tourism? Or if you are more into relaxing rides with the family? Hit the road for flat or mountainous routes right nearby.