What to do and see in Grenoble, France: The Best Places and Tips

September 1, 2017 Stefan Strunk

Grenoble in France, from Europe region, is best know for Parks. Discover best things to do in Grenoble with beautiful photos and great reviews from traveller around the world here!
Restaurants in Grenoble

1. Parc Naturel Regional du Vercors

255 Chemin Des Fusilles | Lans en Vercors, 38250, Grenoble, France +33 4 76 94 38 26
Excellent
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5 based on 419 reviews

Parc Naturel Regional du Vercors

Reviewed By ChrisAckermans - The Hague, The Netherlands

Trekked the plateau for a week on snow shoes. Only met other people twice. The remoteness and the beauty of the area is stunning.
- Approach the plateau from the North (Villard-de-Lans) or West if you want to avoid steep climbs, for example when traveling on ski randonne nordique / cross country skis.
- The passes on the Eastern side are steep and prone to avalanche risk. They do offer amazing views though.
- There are various open huts in the park which you can use to sleep. Don't count on anything being provided though.
- There is little to no cellphone reception in the Southern part.
- Stick to the trails in winter; there are a lot of crevasses in the ground which may be covered by snow.

2. Archaeological Museum

Place Saint-Laurent, 38000, Grenoble, France +33 4 76 44 78 68
Excellent
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4.5 based on 323 reviews

Archaeological Museum

Reviewed By ElaineRy - Northumberland, England

This has been brilliantly excavated and set up for access so visitors can see all the stages of the church from the earliest in the 5th century to the 18th century altar.
Free entry and audio guide with just 8 locations but well chosen and giving relevant information.
Very helpful desk staff.
Good guide book in French only.

3. Musee de Grenoble

5 Place de Lavalette, 38010, Grenoble, France +33 4 76 63 44 44
Excellent
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4.5 based on 536 reviews

Musee de Grenoble

Reviewed By sandy c - Copenhagen, Denmark

I didn't expect much from the reviews I'd read online. Wow! this is one of the best art museums I have ever been to. Everything from old masters to contemporary. Amazing in quality and quantity. Many 'name' artists- Matisse, Dubuffet, Van Dongen, but many artists new to me and a joy to discover. Also, this place is much larger than you may expect from a smaller city like Grenoble. I could have spent all day in here. The temporary exhibition during my visit was kinda silly, but Still OK. I'll come to Grenoble again just for this museum.

4. Bastille

Quai Stephane Jay, 38000, Grenoble, France +33 4 76 44 33 65
Excellent
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4.5 based on 1 reviews

Bastille

Reviewed By Charley T

We visited here when we have had a spare hour. It offered lovely views and the gondala was very nice. However it wasn't the most exciting place I have been and a lot of parts won't be open at this time of year. Great for...MoreMerci de votre visite et à bientôt

5. Le Funiculaire de Saint-Hilaire du Touvet

1 Chemin du Polonais | Lumbin, 38660, Grenoble, France
Excellent
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4.5 based on 219 reviews

Le Funiculaire de Saint-Hilaire du Touvet

the steepest funicular French Alps and the steepest railway tunnel in the world! Upon arrival, museum space, path audioguide, via ferrata, two-seater paragliding, panoramic restaurant.

Reviewed By David F - Chester, United Kingdom

The steepest and probably the scariest funicular in Europe! It goes up at around 80% in places and ascends some 2000 feet. The views on a good day are just superb. Right across the valley and even taking in a waterfall on the way. At the top is a small village with tourist facilities. Departures are a little unpredictable - it takes 20 mins or so each way and it seems to depart a few minutes after arriving so you cannot really plan to arrive just at the right time. It also seems to operate later in high summer - till 7pm - than at other periods. At the top I tried to follow one of the walks only to run out of path. To get to the base station you can take Express 1 from Grenoble station - it takes about 45 minutes but annoyingly does not observe the stop by the funicular (for reasons known only to the good people at Transisere buses). You have to either get off a stop before or at the Lumbin terminus about 5 mins walk away in either case. The bus to Chambery also passes the funicular. Departures are unpredictable and frequency varies considerably. You can get an OURA card and put a day ticket on for zones A and B if you are making other journeys. Other buses seem to pass the stop too but they appear not to serve Grenoble. You can return to base on the funicular or walk down by what seems to be a steep path (it takes 60 - 90 minutes apparently) or there is a bus from the village which goes a few times a day to La Tronche Grand Sablon, a hospital a few tram stops from Grenoble city centre - Transisere ligne 6550 but at present the route is on diversion so check times and stops carefully. This funicular ride was an absolute stand-out of my trip to Grenoble.

6. Musee Dauphinois

30 rue Maurice Gignoux, 38031, Grenoble, France +33 4 57 58 89 01
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4.5 based on 206 reviews

Musee Dauphinois

Reviewed By David F - Chester, United Kingdom

This museum is located in an attractive old convent which offers views across the river to Grenoble and the surrounding hills. It consists of three main elements - the building, the permanent Exhibitions and the changing Exhibitions. The main interest lies in the building - a wonderful baroque chapel, cloister and garden. The permanent exhibition on the people of the Alps is interesting enough - especially the recreations of alpine dwellings - but the history of skiing is mainly composed of a load of skis. The temporary Exhibitions when I went were not especially interesting but as the museum is free and the location so impressive it should count as a must see on any visit to Grenoble. The drinking Fountain in the entrance was particularly welcome on a hot day!

7. Grenoble-Bastille Cable Car

Quai Stephane Jay, 38000, Grenoble, France +33 4 76 44 33 65
Excellent
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4.5 based on 906 reviews

Grenoble-Bastille Cable Car

Reviewed By Jane K - Asheboro, North Carolina

This is so much fun, make sure that you don't miss this fun ride to the top and back. Beautiful views as you ascend and descend.Merci de votre visite et à bientôt !

8. Musee de la Resistance et de la Deportation de l'Isere

14 rue Hebert, 38000, Grenoble, France +33 4 76 42 38 53
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4.5 based on 130 reviews

Musee de la Resistance et de la Deportation de l'Isere

Reviewed By Carol L. W. - New York City

Thought we would just drop in for an hour...ended up spending three hours there. Fascinating history of the French resistance going way back before World War II and detailing a lot about the individuals who helped save many Jewish residents and others as well.

9. Musee des Troupes de Montagne

5 Fort de la Bastille, 38000, Grenoble, France +33 4 76 00 92 25
Excellent
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4.5 based on 92 reviews

Musee des Troupes de Montagne

Reviewed By cdg04 - Grenoble, France

I found this to be a fairly interesting museum, especially for those who have an interest in the war / military. The tour takes you through a series of rooms, each focussing on a different aspect of life in the Troupes de Montagne.

10. Musee de l'Ancien Eveche

2 rue Tres Cloitres, 38000, Grenoble, France +33 4 76 03 15 25
Excellent
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4.5 based on 122 reviews

Musee de l'Ancien Eveche

Reviewed By My2BareFeet - Calgary, Canada

It's great that it's free, but it's too bad there's absolutely no English, so tourists who don't understand French are left simply admiring the exhibits.
The exhibits and the layout of the museum were nice, and I felt like my experience would have been great if they included English explanations.
If you don't understand French, I would only recommend to drop by if you have extra time. It need not take long just to see it all.

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