France Travel Planner by Tom Brosnahan & Jane Fisher   Guide to Grenoble, France
Known as a university town, Grenoble is also a high-tech center, and a major town on the west side of the French Alps.




Founded more than 2,000 years ago as a Gallic village on the Isère river, Grenoble, 575 km (357 miles) southeast of Paris and 143 km (89 miles) south of Geneva (map), came into its own as the capital of the Dauphiné region, then got rich on water power industries and, later, high tech.

It's famous as a university town, and the large student population lends it a youthful air.

The river loops through the city, both dominated by the high promontory crowned by La Bastille, a huge fortress reached, today, by a unique cablecar of transparent bubble-capsules. More...

As a business, industry, research and university town, Grenoble has a fine selection of hotels and self-catering apartments/flats, some in the historic center, even more near the Gare de Grenoble SNCF train station. More...

Hotels in Grenoble

What to See & Do

Transport for Grenoble

Tourist Information




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View of Grenoble, France

Bubble cablecars descend from La Bastille
toward the historic district of Grenoble, France.





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