Travel Guide: Grenoble
What better time to visit Grenoble than the middle of ski season. Known as the capital of the Alps, Grenoble is located in the southeastern region of France. Aside from being a base for winter sports, this city is known for its museums, public transportation system and excellent dining.
What to See
Grenoble sits at the confluence of the Isere and Drac Rivers and lies within three mountain ranges: La Chartreuse, Vercors and Belledonne. The natural beauty that surrounds the city makes it easy to explore, from skiing in the winter, to hiking in the summer. For some killer views, take the spherical cable cars called Les Bulles from town to the summit of La Bastille Hill.
Grenoble was established in Roman times and has a vast history. There are a variety of museums dedicated to the history of the city, but the Museum of Grenoble has one of Europe’s most impressive art collections. Even though the pieces range from the 13th to the 19th century, the museum is filled with mostly modern paintings and sculptures, like Matisse, Picasso and Gauguin.
Where to Stay
For all you snow lovers, the best way to experience Grenoble is by renting a ski chalet in the city’s foothills. This is a great option for larger groups wanting a ski holiday experience. For a couple’s getaway, opt for the four-star Park Hotel Grenoble, which sits on 52 acres of lush greenery. Located on the outskirts of the city center, this hotel features 40 rooms with balconies and views of Paul Mistral Park.
Where to Eat
For an après-ski delight, opt for one of the many delightful cafes in Old Town. One of the best dining spots is Auberge Napoleon, named after one of its guests Napoleon Bonaparte. This restaurant features a theatrical Empire décor with fresh, local and mostly organic ingredients, like pan-fried foie gras atop roasted oysters.