7 Day Itinerary in GrenobleEdit This
Grenoble is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the French Alps. Visiting the numerous popular places in this city can take more than a week. Following is a 7-day Grenoble itinerary that will help you to visit all the popular tourist spots.
Day 1- La Bastille
Sitting on the mountainside and overlooking the city of Grenoble, La Bastille is the most popular tourist attraction. Construction of the Bastille began during the Middle Ages and extensive additions were introduced during later years. This included a semi-underground defensive network. The Bastille is regarded as one of the most extensive examples of an early 18th century fortification in France. Since 1934, tourists have been able to access the top of the Bastille easily, thanks to the cable car network.
Day 2- Palace of the Parliament of Dauphine
Constructed between 1478 and 1539, this building is a jewel of ancient Grenoble. Built in a flamboyant Gothic style out of stone, this building sits in the heart of the city. Until 2004, the Parliament of Dauphine was known to lead politics, administration and treasury and dispense justice. The décor of this building includes fantasy and half vegetal dolphins that symbolize the introduction of the Renaissance in France by Italian artists.
Day 3- Notre Dame Cathedral
This Gothic Roman Catholic cathedral is one of the must-visit places in Grenoble. It is considered to be one of the finest pieces in French Gothic architecture. The stained glass and sculptures show the influence of naturalism in the architecture. Over the years, the Notre Dame Cathedral has undergone many alterations and restorations but it still stands majestic over the Seine River. On the way to the Notre Dame Cathedral, you can stop by the Museum of Old Bishop. Also known as Musee de l'Ancien Eveche, this 13th century building boasts of paintings and objects that relate to the history of the Isere and Grenoble.
Day 4- Port de France
A trip to Port de France which stands between Grenoble and Saint-Martin-le-Vinoux can make an interesting day. Built in 1620, this entrance was initially called Porte Royale. Today it is one of the last city wall remains. Not far from Port de France you will find small French cafes and restaurants where you can sit back and enjoy some authentic French food.
Day 5- Jardin de Ville
The Jardin de Ville is an ideal place to visit if you want to experience something different from the usual buildings. This place is divided into a flower grove and garden. It is 1 of the few green spaces in the city and has a rich social life. You can spend an entire day walking here without worrying about eating as there are many French eateries around the place.
Day 6- Fontaine place de Gordes
Fontaine place de Gordes is a small square at the back of the Église Saint André. The fountain in the center of this square represents Apollo’s favorite shepherd, Cyparisse. Fountains like this were common in large towns and small villages in the Alps until the 20th century. The square offers visitors a few boutiques, cafes and other places to eat and shop.
Day 7- Château d'eau Lavalette
Also known as Place Grenette, this is one of the liveliest places in the city. Tourists flock to this spot all throughout the year mainly because it offers several cafes and places to shop. Located just outside the Roman city wall, markets and cattle fairs were held here in the Middle Ages. Today, it is recognized by the 18th century Fontaine des Dauphins built at 1 end of the Place Grenette.