Surrounded by mountains and 20 ski stations, Grenoble is said to be the ‘Capital of the Alps’. Its long history, stunning location and high-tech economic activity create an exciting blend for any visitor, at any time of the year. There are all the potential adventures of an alpine resort. There are the enticing charms of an ancient French city. And there’s the buzz that comes from being a cutting-edge scientific and cultural centre. You’re sure to be seduced by Grenoble.
Take the egg-shaped cable car up to this ancient series of fortifications, enjoying a great view over the Isère River along the way. Then, at the top, you’re in a superb spot to survey Grenoble and the surrounding mountains.
One of France’s two national art centres, Le Magasin is devoted to contemporary art. There’s no permanent collection – instead it collaborates with invited artists on a programme of temporary exhibitions.
Musée de Grenoble:
One of France’s most prestigious art galleries outside Paris contains a wealth of art – ancient, modern and contemporary. Canaletto, Rubens, Gauguin, Matisse and Klee are some of the many household names with work here.
In a listed former convent – you can walk around this peaceful building and its rose garden – the museum traces the history of Alpine life, as well as the history of skiing.
Chemin de Fer de la Mure:
‘The Little Train of La Mure’ takes you leisurely through 20 miles (30km) of stunning mountain scenery, with superb views over dams and lakes. You can get to its La Mure terminus from Grenoble by road or local train.