Grenoble Alpes territory

A special environment

A chance to share

In Grenoble, we are in the heart of the Alps, a few hours from Paris on one side, two and a half hours from the Mediterranean sea on the other, right next to Italy, Switzerland and Lyon…

With this advantageous geographical situation comes an exceptional quality of life and a permanent cultural and sportive effervescence. Moreover, this area concentrates a large array of higher education institutions and employment opportunities in nationwide and international groups as well as in innovative SMEs and SMIs.

Grenoble Alpes means the possibility to live daily both into town and in the mountains at the same time. Grenoble Alpes is not a defined administrative or geographical territory. It rather gathers all localities and actors who make the richness and attractiveness of Grenoble’s region, and its national and international influence.

Our suggestion to make you discover the inescapable places!


Key venues

Not to be missed!

Caserne de Bonne

The shopping center at Caserne de Bonne is an innovatively conceptualised place. It is integrated in the Bonne eco-neighbourhood in Grenoble, taking the place of the former military compound which was built in 1884 and from which its name is derived.

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La Bastille

Since 1934, a steel thread connects Grenoble to the top of the Bastille. The infamous cable car with transparent walls is something you will remember for sure… it’s an experience already shared by over 14 million tourists! A trip in the air with the city under your feet.

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Saint Laurent bridge

This bridge is iconic of the city, it was built in 1837 and modernised in 1909. It is placed exactly on the spot of Grenoble’s very first bridge (end of 11th century). This crossing point is crucial for inhabitants and has been destroyed several times by Isere’s floods.

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Plants garden​

The beautiful gardens of the Natural History Museum cover around 20 000m² of rare trees, botanical greenhouses, conservatory,… It’s an ideal place for families with its playground, watercourse and lawns on which people can settle.

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Musee de Grenoble

Grenoble Art gallery

With its collections of ancient, modern and contemporary art, this gallery offers you a chance to traverse the history of western painting from the 13th to the 20th centuries. Included are major masterpieces of classical Flemish, Dutch, Italian and Spanish painting, it’s one of 20th century Europe’s richest collections. You will find all the great post-1945 contemporary art trends, right up to the most recent artworks of the 2000s.

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Musée Dauphinois

Dauphinois Museum

The Dauphinois Museum, installed in a XVIIIth convent, this gallery is a place of investigation of all periods of Alpine history, it is also a space for reflection on our time. Each year, two to three exhibitions, always enriched with publications, conferences and debates, explore in turn the fields of archeology, regional, rural or industrial heritage.

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Fontaine des Trois Ordres

The three orders fountain

This fountain was inaugurated by Felix Faure in 1897 to commemorate the pre-revolutionary events of 1788 (Day of the Tiles) which paved the way for the French Revolution.

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Place Grenette

Place Grenette

Principal place since the 17th century, it used to welcome grain and livestock markets. Its beautiful fountain “Le château d’eau Lavalette” (Lavalette water castle), was built in 1825. It is adorned with four cherubs riding dolphins, which are the icon of the Dauphiné.

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Cathedrale Notre Dame

Notre Dame Cathedral

​Built in a bend of the perimeter wall, “the bishop city” is organized around a baptistery, a double cathedral (Notre Dame and St-Hughes church) and the bishops’ residence. The 13th century cathedral is adjoining the 11th century church.

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Parc Paul Mistral

Parc Paul Mistral

The Paul Mistral park, large green space at the core of the city (33 hectare), bears witness to the military, political, urban, industrial, artistic and sportive history of Grenoble.

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Fontaine au Lion

Lion fountain

This fountain was imagined and built in 1843 by the sculptor Sappey and the founder Crozatier.

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