Top 5 Must Do's in GrenobleEdit This
Any trip to Grenoble would be incomplete without the Top 5 Grenoble Must Do's. No matter what kind of traveler you fancy yourself, and if you're with family, on a romantic trip for two or just taking an adventure on your own, you're sure to find at least one of the following locations and activities memorable during your stay.
Visit the Fort de la Bastille (Fort of the Fortress)
Grenoble's Fort de la Bastille sits at the crossroad of three valleys on the hilltop at the mountainside. Built to be a fort to protect the city in the early 1800s, the Bastille is also a former prison and is currently a museum from which you can look across the entire city of Grenoble. There's a gourmet restaurant at the top as well. The handicapped-accessible cable cars (called "les bulles" / "the bubbles") are also an experience not to be missed. You soar over the town of Grenoble on your way to and from the Bastille, a remarkable view during both the daytime and the nighttime.
Tour the Musee de Grenoble (Museum of Grenoble)
The Musee de Grenoble hosts a world famous collection of paintings and works of art from different epochs from the 13th century to the modern day, including those of Monet, Picasso and Andy Warhol. The Museum of Grenoble is another must see stop on your list, particularly for those of you who enjoy art and culture. There's also a collection of Egyptian and ancient Roman and Greek artifacts on display.
Skate at the Parc Paul Mistral
In the center of Grenoble is a luscious public park with avenues surrounded by trees. The park makes for a relaxing place to walk and take a break, but there's also a roller skating rink and street hockey area should you wish to get a little more vigorous exercise in. You can also see the water-power Perret Tower built for an international science exhibition in 1925. Tip: See the tower at night if you can; it's lit up and a sight to behold!
See the Palace of the Parliament of the Dauphine
Until the French Revolution in 1789 to 1799, Grenoble was home to the dauphine (crown prince's) parliament. The building, which currently hosts the Isere Council, retains much of its 15th century design.
Bike Ride or Ski Through Robert Lake and Achard Lake
Less than an hour from the heart of Grenoble are Robert Lake and Achard Lake. A popular pastime for active, sports-loving tourists is to rent bikes and bike from Grenoble to these lakes to get a stunning mountainside view. Biking is only recommended during the spring, summer and fall. In the winter, stay at a nearby resort and ski down the mountainside instead.
February 18, 2010 change by ctanios