In the region of southeastern France, Grenoble is located in the mountains between the Drac and Isére rivers. Home to winter sports, this is a visit for family fun and seasonal travel. The city pictures 18th century character on its slops, where historic museums lay open.
Before visiting any town or city make sure you know the basics. General details and important information.
- Emergency Services: 112
- Language: French
- Currency: Euro
- Country Code: FR
- Travel Visa: None required
- Population: 160,649
Researching various official sources, we perceive the risk to holiday makers and travellers are as follows;
For the Emergency services just dial 112 from any phone.
Grenoble is a compact city that is built for cycling. Bike routes are common in the area and are a perfect way to see the city. TAG Tram network links also provide eco-friendly travel styles. Starting from 5am till 1am, they are very fitting for any travel plans. Bus services also run regularly. If travelling by car, parking can be expensed, with time-restricted parking areas.
What are some safety tips I should know?
Avoid the small river (le Drac) at high tides the water rises rapidly when it is released from the dam. The usual water safety precautions apply.
Be alert at all times and be aware of your surroundings. Take the usual safety precautions so you do not become a targets for pickpockets. Take extra care on public transport as there are pickpockets on trains and trams though the city and surrounding areas.
Don’t put your wallet or mobile phone in your back pocket. Put any valuables items in a dark colour shopping bag when going out to avoid attention.
When withdrawing cash from ATM try to go inside the bank. Beware of withdrawing cash from cash points on pedestrian walkways. Try to withdraw small sums and don’t flash your cash around even in the bank.
Are there any areas to avoid?
Take extra care of you go near the Villeneuve area in the evening, the train stops at a few places before villeneuve so make sure you know the stop you want.
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What are the common crimes?
Beware of pickpockets as they tend to operate in tourist areas. Keep your belongings secure at all times. Be careful if strangers try to make conversation or distract you as it could be an attempt to steal your valuables.
Bike theft is relatively common in this city, make sure if you are renting or taking your own bike you have a secure lock in place.
Credit card fraud, cloning cards can be an issue be careful where you use your cards. Also if you are withdrawing money from cash machines make sure you cover your pin and be discreet about the amount of cash you withdraw.
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Annual events allow a city come together for some amazing experiences. If visiting at this time, make sure you have your accommodation booked and are always aware of your surroundings when travelling around.
Le Millésime Festival
An annual wine tasting and music festival. For 2 weeks in October each year, the city celebrates wine and music. There are various events around the city and region showcasing the best in the area’s wine and traditional music. The event is growing and attracts around 15,000 people each year. Its a lovely opportunity to taste some of the best wines around in a happy rhythmic environment.
Grenoble Jazz Festival
An amazing and upbeat festival that has been running since 1973, it attracts top performers from around the world. Artists offer around 40 performances over the two week festival at different venues around the city. Its a great festival and well worth checking out if you are visiting the city.
Where else is good to visit?
Rising 476m above sea level, this former military fort was built in the 19th Century. It overlooks the city, taking place on the rocky mountain in which it sits. As the most-visited tourist site in Grenoble, there is so much to explore here, with history being a major element. By using the Grenoble Cable Car, it takes 7 minutes to reach the top. If you aren’t afraid of heights, this attraction really is one to see.
Jadrin de Ville
For a peaceful walk around the city, enter the Jardin de Ville, an urban park and gardens. This is perfect to take children, with a playground being on site. Be surrounded with natural wonder whilst catching up with friends at this scenic park.
This is an observation tower that is located the Paul Mistral public park. In 1998, it was declared as a national heritage site. Standing 110 meters high, this tower is spread over 25 floors. In the 1990s, the tower was part of a restructuring project. This tower offers 360 degree views of the city.
What are the main attractions?
Fromagerie des Alpages
Calling all cheese lovers! This specialist cheese shop was established in Grenoble more than 30 years ago. The director, Bernard Mure-Ravaud, is a cheese specialist and will make you taste all the regional cheeses and more! Bernard holds 2 records in the Guinness Book for the largest cheese platter in the world.
Leave your children at home and enjoy the many different different types of rum. There are many beautiful dishes of traditional French cuisine that compliment the spirits.
Maison de la Montagne
Home to all things adventure, this is an area for indoor and outdoor leisure. From ski space to accommodation, this is a great place to get lost in. No matter where you go is there is always something fun and exciting to do, in or outdoors, winter or summer.
Parc Naturel Regional du Vercors
All things beauty represents this outdoor adventure. From walking and biking tours, to cultural insights, there is so much to see. The picturesque views of mountain tops and trees make for the perfect selfie. Nature grounds the city of Grenoble and makes for a scenic trip.
Are there any notable museums?
Musée de Grenoble
This museum holds contemporary and historic pieces. Featuring 18,000 square meters of exhibition, the attraction is surrounded by park sculptures. There is a collection of Egyptian antiquities and paintings, through to 20th Century designs. The museum holds lots of history and is a great way to learn more about the city.
Musée Archéologique Saint – Laurent
Located in one of Grenoble’s oldest parts, the Eglise Saint-Laurent is a 12th Century Romanesque Church. The mix of art and architecture makes this museum one to visit. The display of archaeological objects and visual information, helps to create an understanding in the religious history that dates back 1,500 years.