Grenoble is not only the largest alpine city. The city nicknamed the "Capital of the Alps" is much more than just that. Besides its unique location with a chance to escape to Lake Monteynard, Grenoble is a worthy heir of French history and heritage.
Just like its famous cable car up to panoramic views of the city and the surrounding mountains, Grenoble is an ode to a mountain lifestyle.
Its 3rd century ramparts are clearly visible around the city center. The little streets, bathed in light, will lead you to the tranquility of the passage du Palais de Justice. Or maybe you'll head for the Perret tower, a symbol of Grenoble's industrial past. A glorious past, embodied by the bricks and the beautiful glass ceiling of les halles Sainte-Claire where the region's gourmets and food enthusiasts come to amble around a colorful market. What's more, Grenoble, like the whole of the Dauphiné region, is first and foremost a land with a strong hedonistic tradition. Evidence of this can be found in the richness of its local specialties! From the famous tartiflette potato gratin to a bleu du Vercors salad, accompanied by walnuts, naturally...
If you're dying for a bit of culture, Grenoble's museum will present you with one of the largest collections of ancient art from all over Europe. Here you can admire incredible sarcophagi from ancient Egypt, and vibrant works by Modigliani. And if it's the large spaces of Grenoble's surrounding area that attract you, head for the Vercors National Park, located about six miles from the city. Its forests are waiting for you, to quench your thirst for clean air and a bit of wilderness.