Grenoble is the gateway to the Alps and a geographic crossing where the rivers Isère and Drac meet. With Switzerland to the north, Italy to the east and Provence to the south, the city is surrounded by three mountain chains. It is a cosmopolitan city with cafés, museums and restaurants. Best of all, you can see the Alps from almost every street corner.

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La Bastille

At the foot of the Chartreuse Massif is one of Grenoble’s top attractions, La Bastille, a fort with a spectacular view over the city and the mountain. You get there by means of the "egg lift" téléphérique, one of the most popular excursions.

Fort de la Bastille, Grenoble
Palais Ideal

At first, one man’s dream of creating his own castle had many people shaking their heads. But the simple postman Ferdinand Cheval struggled for 33 years, stone by stone, to create a castle, which is now world famous for its mythical scenes.

8, rue du Palais, Hauterives
Chez le Per´Gras

Take the lift up to this restaurant which is located beside La Bastille, you will be rewarded. The restaurant has a view that extends to Mont Blanc on clear days. The kitchen offers both French and Alpine and the food is prepared with seasonal fruit, vegetables, meat and fish. They are known for its gastronomic cuisine where tradition meets modern.

90 Chemin de la Bastille, La Tronche
Auberge Napoleon

On March 7th 1815, Napoleon and his men passed through Grenoble. They stayed to eat and spend the night and the site became the restaurant Auberge Napoleon. This cosy little restaurant offers good French food.

7, Rue de Montorge, Grenoble
Galeries Lafayette

At the centre of the shopping district is Galeries Lafayette, a large department store with most things for the home, clothes, food and fun items.

12 Place Grenette, Grenoble
Librairie Arthaud

You can start your walk in the city centre at the Arthaud bookshop, which offers coffee table books about the city and small souvenirs.

23, Grande Rue, Grenoble

Grenoble Isère Airport

Grenoble Isère Airport is located about 50 kilometres from the city centre. You can reach the city centre by bus, taxi or limousine. The journey takes about 30 minutes. VIP Limousine + 33 476 87 18 15 Taxi Gacon +33 4 76 55 90 73 Alp’Bievre Taxis +33 4 74 20 05 66 Taxi de Saint Hilare De La Côte +33 6 15 15 05 18 Ben’s Bus offers an airport shuttle between the airport and the city centre during the winter. It is 80 kilometres from Lyon Saint-Exupery Airport to the centre of Grenoble and it takes about an hour by bus.

Grenoble St-Geoirs Airport, Grenoble

Public Transport

TAG handles public transport in Grenoble. There are four tram lines and 25 bus lines. Tickets can be purchased from the driver or the ticket machine. There are several regional buses that run to various ski resorts and villages. If you want to go skiing, you should buy tickets in advance as you then have priority if the bus is full. Bus tickets are sold at the bus station beside the railway station and at the tourist office.