Things to do in GrenobleEdit This
In Grenoble, things to do are plentiful. It is a quaint city with over 2,000 years of history, nestled at the foot of the Alps in southeastern France. It is also the point at which the Drac River and the Isere River combine. Most tourists in this area are older in age, but Grenoble holds a large collection of attractions that are suitable for all different ages and stages of life.
Fontaine du Lion et du Serpent
This gorgeous fountain was inspired by the meeting of the two rivers, Drac and Isere. The Drac River is strong and powerful. In fact, it has caused major floods in the city of Grenoble several times. The Isere River, in distinct contrast with the Drac, is narrow and quiet, sliding peacefully through the area. Therefore, the white, limestone lion in this statue represents the Drac and the bronze snake represents the Isere. You should not miss this major landmark while visiting Grenoble.
Another famous landmark you should not miss is the Bastille. This huge network of defense was constructed between 1823 and 1845 to protect the city of Grenoble. You will be fascinated walking amongst all of the forts, tunnels and ruins. From the top, you will be rewarded with spectacular views of the entire valley and the 3 mountain ranges that surround it. There is also a nice restaurant at the top where you can take in a gorgeous sunset. To get there you can either hike - the path is very well kept and not too strenuous - or you can take the cable cars, which are now called the bubbles, or "les bulles" because they have 5 cabins near Jardins de Ville.
Halle Sainte Claire
For food lovers, a visit to Halle Sainte Claire is the perfect way to spend a few hours. It is a gigantic indoor market, specializing only in local food products. Wander though the abundant stalls of fresh meats and fish, salty cheeses and quality wines. In front of the market, there is a local fruit and vegetable market to enjoy as well.
Palais de Justice Ancien
This palace is known for being one of the most beautiful historic buildings in Grenoble. Built in 1480, the Palais de Justice Ancien was constructed in a gothic style with an Italian flair and a slate roof, which is a sign of wealth. It has always been a building of justice and was the location of the Parlement du Dauphine for many years, which carried out governmental administration, treasury activities, and obviously, justice. One of the most unique aspects of the palace is that there are many inconsistencies, such as unaligned statues and windows and incomplete pieces.
February 18, 2010 change by ctanios