Grenoble – the ‘Capital of the Alps’

In the heart of the Alps and at the foot of three famous mountain chains, the Vercors, the Chartreuse and the Belledonne, Grenoble is steeped in over 2,000 years of history. Once hometown of famous author Stendhal, the city holds true to what he said, that ‘there is a mountain at the end of every street’.

The city features a stunning old centre that bears witness to its prestigious past, the perfect place to enjoy a walk to explore the cities history. For all the winter sports enthusiasts, Grenoble is considered ‘The Capital of the Alps’, a gateway into the wonderfully white world of world-famous ski resorts. It is no wonder that the city was host to the 1968 Winter Olympics.

It is also considered a major scientific centre – physics, computer sciences and applied mathematical research are big business n the city – the Polygone Scientifique research centre employs more than 10,000 people.

Some highlights on the long list of visitor attractions include the Bastille Cable Car, one of the first urban cable cars in the world, and the Grenoble Art Museum, founded in 1796, considered to be one of Europe’s most prestigious, for both its ancient and 20th century collections. New in 2012, a museum honouring the great Stendhal has just opened.

After all that sightseeing, visitors and locals alike enjoy cycling round the city and taking in the beautiful scenery.  Don’t panic though when considering its proximity to the Alps, it is in fact the flattest city in France making it ideal for walking and cycling!

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