Set against the breath-taking backdrop of the French Alps, Grenoble is a city which offers visitors a wide range of attractions, including skiing, fine dining and a thriving nightlife, which is a major attraction for the 60,000 students that reside here. Rich in a history which goes back more than 2,000 years, Grenoble enjoys hot summers and cold winters, so remember to dress accordingly. Grenoble is a popular destination for sports fans. Rugby union is especially popular here, while there is no shortage of great routes for cross-country running. Being so close to the Alps, skiing is a popular pastime among the locals and regular visitors to the city.
Hatchbacks are ideal for nipping round the small city streets, but will also be able to cope with the winding mountain roads.
Driving in Grenoble
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Important things to note
Do your best to avoid Grenoble rush hours, which are between 7-9am and 5-6pm and can be incredibly congested.
Grenoble is not the easiest place to navigate by car, so try remember to bring both a sat-nav and road map for getting round.
Take advantage of the Park and Ride facilities when wandering round the city centre.
Highlights & Hotspots
Parc Naturel Regional du Vercors offers visitors fantastic views and for more adventurous types, a long hike. Don’t forget to take your road map, as you may find your sat-nav doesn’t work in all areas. To get the best views of the city however, you must take a gondola and head up to Bastille. Hikers will be rewarded with a few gems on the way up as well.
For an educational trip brimming with interesting historical artefacts, visit the Archaeological Museum. Entry is free and it’s located near the city centre. Art lovers will not want to miss the Musée de Grenoble, which is houses a mixture of ancient, modern and contemporary art.
For a night out in Grenoble, you may want to start with a drink in one of the many brasseries which line the city centre square. Le Barberousse is a small, boat shaped bar which is famous for its extensive rum list and is well worth stopping off at for drink or two.
If you’re here on a special occasion, or simply have a refined pallet, you must try Verreveine for authentic, French cuisine. Very popular with the locals, you’d be advised to book in advance. The award winning Le Bombay may not look anything special from the outside, but serves up delicious Indian food at very reasonable prices.
Grenoble has its own small airport which mainly operates during the ski season period. Located some 45km away from the town itself, Grenoble airport offers budget flights to a variety of European destinations.
However, many travellers choose to use Lyon or Geneva airports when travelling to Grenoble due the greater selection of flights that they offer. The two airports are within easy reach of Grenoble, with both offering a convenient shuttle bus service.