City of Grenoble (Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes)

The city of Grenoble is included to the region Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes and to the department Isere

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An introduction to the wonders of the city of Grenoble

Nicknamed "the capital of the Alps", the largest Alpine metropolis is located in southeastern France in the department of Isère. The French writer of the nineteenth century Stendhal was born there and said well about Grenoble that every street led to a mountain. Indeed, the Grenoble skyline is exclusively mountainous, which has an impact on its particular climate. Its surface is 18,13 km ² and it counts 155 637 Grenoble and Grenoblois, which made it in 2010 the 16th commune of France and the 11th urban area. It is twinned with 14 cities worldwide, including for example Catalan in Italy and Innsbruck in Austria. It is a relatively young and cosmopolitan city, with a history of over 2000 years. Among the personalities associated with the city are the ecologist Jean-François Champollion and Abbé Pierre. The coat of arms of Grenoble is of gold color with three roses, which represent the three authorities that governed the city in the Middle Ages.

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Geography and climate

In the south-east of France, Grenoble is the chief town of the department of Isère, and the third commune of the RhÃ'ne-Alpes region after Lyon and Saint-Etienne . Its population is 155 637 Grenoble and Grenobloises. Grenoble is located between the Vercors Massif, the Belledone chain and the Chartreuse Massif, in the center of the French Alps, 70 kilometers from the Italian border and 110 kilometers from the the Swiss border. It nestles between the mountains on a plain at the confluence of Drac and Isère, which makes it the flatter city of France and the paradise of cyclists. Grenoble is between Valence and Geneva, south-west of the alpine furrow. The climate of Grenoble is difficult to categorize: it is mid-oceanic, half-continental, and even slightly Mediterranean. The winds are hampered by the surrounding mountains, making the summers warmer and winters colder, with a heat difference of 19Â ° C between the hottest month and the month the coldest. The Alps retain rainy clouds from the west, which cause heavy rains, close to one meter a year, but spread all year round.

Grenoble population

Grenoble is a cosmopolitan city, where people of more than 70 nationalities live. For a long time, the largest foreign community of Grenoble was Italian between the years 30 and 50, now replaced by communities of the Maghreb and sub-Saharan Africa, and by the second the Anglo-Saxon community of France. Grenoble attracts students and researchers thanks to its status as a major university and scientific center, making it a mobile city for the relatively young population: 15-29 year olds represent about 34% of Grenoble residents.

History

In 43 BC, Grenoble was a Gallic village called Cularo which was later fortified between 284 and 293 and became a county town in 379, renamed Gratiapolis, and became the seat of the city. In 381 it gained importance when the Counts of Albon gave it the title of capital of the Holy Roman Empire, and in 1338 founded the University and the Council delphinal in 1340. When the Dauphiné was attached to the crown of France, Grenoble became provincial capital in 1349 and hosted the Third Parliament of France in 1447. During the wars of religion, the city was weakened by many massacres and destruction. From the seventeenth century, Grenoble developed economically thanks to the glove of luxury and industrialization. At the end of the XIXth century, the tourist office in the interest of the city of Grenoble and the Dauphinà © Å "uvra to develop tourism in the region, including the opening of the first French ski company in 1895. With the first holidays paid in 1936, winter tourism began to develop. The growth of the city continued during the Glorious Thirties and thanks to the Olympic Games of 1968 which allowed the construction of infrastructures still used today.

The Bastille

Grenoble is surmounted by a military fort of the nineteenth century called the Bastille, 476 meters above sea level. It can be reached on foot, by car or by car, as do 600 000 visitors a year. The telegraph dating from 1934 is as famous today as the fort. It runs all year and is a major asset of Grenoble tourism. At the exit of the fort is an underground path that joins the caves of Mandrin and takes the zipline 300 meters to the roof of the fort. From the glacis of the fort, one can also reach Mount Jalla of 630 meters, after a short trek of 30 minutes.

Cultural events

In early July, the outdoor short film festival takes place in Grenoble in Saint André Square. Beginning of November, you will be able to attend the Mountain Cinema Meetings gathering mountaineers, mountain guides and tour operators, and during the second half of November, at the Rencontres du Cinéma Grenoble in Grenoble. (because of the proximity of Grenoble with Italy). On the music side, Rocktambule Festival is held every year in October and the Contemporary World Music Festival the Babel Tours in April. The Cabaret Frappé takes place in July and receives more than 50,000 music lovers each year, with free and paid concerts under the Big Top, the Kiosque of the Jardin de Ville and the Zicbus, the old coach of the years. 1970. The program of events does not stop at the end of November the international circus festival of Grenoble takes place and from Palm Sunday is held the Fair of the Palm (the second most important French fair after the Trenn Fair) since 1945. The Millésime Festival, the first oenophile festival in France, brings together lovers of wine, classical music and jazz. Finally, the public debates of the Estates General of the Renewal are held each year by the newspaper Libération.

Gastronomy

The typical dish of the region of Grenoble is the gratin Dauphinois, but there are also other specialties, such as the cake with walnuts â € "a pie filled with honey , caramel and nutcream - Mandrin beers with multiple flavors, the crayfish found in many regional dishes, or the ubac soup, the fricassee of Caïon and the batavia red Grenoble (or Gloire du Dauphinà ©). It is also in the region of Grenoble that are made the famous liqueurs that are the chartreuse, the ante and the géné pi, as well as the cheese of Sassenage.

The old Town

At the heart of the historic center is Place Grenette, where the grain fairs were held, and which is now surrounded by restaurants. A few hundred meters away stands the statue of the Chevalier Bayard, "without fear and without reproach", hero of the wars of Italy of the XVth and XVIth centuries. In the Saint-André square is also the second oldest café in France dating from 1793, the Café de la Table Ronde, as well as the Palace of the Dauphiné Parliament of the fifteenth century. The Place aux Herbes, a few minutes away, is home to a market on the site of the former Place du Mal-Conseil, where the Grenoble debates and public performances took place. In the city center are also the City Garden and the Lower Station, the 14th century Treasure Tower, and the old Town Hall. built in 1602. Walking through the streets, one can see at every moment particular hotels of different centuries and architectural styles, for example the apartment of the grandfather of Stendhal, now a museum e dedicated to the writer. Finally, to end the visit of the center, the Saint-Laurent footbridge is to discover, at the place where the Romans built the first bridge over the Isère.

Ecological awareness

Grenoble has received several prizes rewarding its ecological conscience and its mobilization in favor of sustainable development: the Grand Prix national Ecoquartier, the Golden Handlebar, the Marianne d'Or of Sustainable Development. The city has been the winner of the Sustainable Development Ribbons and the league champion in France for the solar and wood-energy categories. Thanks to various actions in the field of transport, energy and real estate construction, the city plans to reduce by four its greenhouse emissions in fifty or so years. © es year. In Grenoble, everything is done to preserve and improve the benefits of the surrounding mountain air.

Museum © es

Side art, first, the Museum of Grenoble is one of the most important museums of the Beaux-Arts of France. It possesses a collection of works ranging from Antiquity to the present day, with a section of the XXth century particularly provided. Matisse's Eggplant Interior, Picasso's Woman Reading and Monet's Giverny's Coin de l'Etang, all offered by the painters themselves, are among his masterpieces. Regional heritage requires, the school of Dauphinoise XIX century is also well represented. Contemporary art lovers will absolutely have to go through the Magasin or CNAC, one of the most important centers of French art that presents temporary exhibitions, monographic and collective, of very high quality. Next, history, the Musée dauphinois presents and transmits the arts and popular traditions of the region. The renowned Grenoble Archeological Museum traces the history of Christianity since its origins, including its sanctuary of early Christian times in a crypt and is classified as a historical monument. On the science side, discover the Natural History Museum - founded in 1773, which displays the natural heritage of the region and particularly the Alps -, the museum of automata - a wealth of 300 pieces including an automaton created by Vinci - or the Center for Scientific, Technical and Industrial Culture.

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Vacation rentals in Grenoble (Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes)

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Weather in Grenoble

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Grenoble time
Timezone
UTC +2:00 (Europe/Paris)
Summer time UTC +2:00
Winter time UTC +3:00

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Country :
France
Locality :
Grenoble
Administrative area 1 :
Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes
Administrative area 2 :
Isere
Country code :
FR
Latitude :
45.188529
Longitude :
5.724524

Surrounding towns

  • Saint-Égrève ~7.5 km
  • Échirolles ~5.7 km
  • Pont-de-Claix ~11.7 km
  • Fontaine ~3.3 km
  • Seyssinet-Pariset ~11.0 km
  • Vif ~18.5 km
  • Vizille ~19.7 km
  • Villard-de-Lans ~38.8 km
  • Moirans ~23.0 km
  • Tullins ~28.9 km
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How to get there ?

To go to Grenoble

By plane, Grenoble is accessible by Grenoble-Isère airports 4 kilometers from the city and by Grenoble-Le Versoud airport at 13 kilometers. Grenoble train station, renovated in 1992 for the Olympics of Albertville, allows to reach the city in TER, TGV or Intercity trains. It serves many cities of RhÃ'ne-Alpes, as well as Paris (10 trains per day), Lille and Nantes in direct connection (to which are added Rennes, Le Havre, Poitiers and Perpignan during the winter season), and Genè ve. Other stations are located in the urban area: Grenoble-Università © -Gières station (TER only), Echirolles station, Saint-Egrève station and Pont-de train station -Chaix. You can reach Grenoble by car by the A41, towards Geneva, by the A430 or the A43 towards Albertville, Modane and Italy, by the A48 from Lyon and by the A49 from Valencia. It is easy to park on the outskirts of the city in one of the fifteen park-and-ride parks with a total of 2,200 parking spaces. In the city itself, you can move around the city a lot thanks to the 300 kilometers of bi-directional cycle routes â € "more secure - and even to get out of the city to Valence, Chambà © ry or Nice.

Grenoble city hall

City hall address
Hôtel d'Angleterre ★★★ Hyper-Centre
5 Place Victor Hugo, 38000 Grenoble, France
City hall phone number
+33 4 38 88 40 40
City hall location
Latitude
45.189221
Longitude
5.7254058
Opening hours
Web site
http://www.hotel-angleterre-grenoble.com/

Hotels in Grenoble (Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes)

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Hotel The Originals Grenoble Gambetta (ex Inter-Hotel)

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Hotel Europole

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Hôtel d’Angleterre Grenoble Hyper-Centre

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Splendid Hôtel Grenoble Centre Gare

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Kyriad Grenoble Centre

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Appartéa Grenoble Alpexpo

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Mercure Grenoble Centre Alpotel

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Hotel Mercure Grenoble Centre Président

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Séjours & Affaires Grenoble Marie Curie

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Trianon Grenoble Centre

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Gallia

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