The second city stop on the Rally is Grenoble, located at the foot of the French Alps. The city advertises itself as the “Capital of the Alps” due to it’s size and proximity to the mountains.
There are lots of sights to see and things to do if you get some time in the beautiful city so we’ve listed a few to help you out. Remember, if you do get time to do some site seeing, please post any lovely photos on the blog 🙂
The Bastille, an ancient series of fortifications on the mountainside overlooking Grenoble. The Bastille is one of Grenoble’s most visited tourist attractions and provides a good vantage point over the town below and the surrounding mountains. Since 1934, the Bastille has been the destination of the “Grenoble-Bastille Cable Car”. This system of egg-shaped cable cars known to locals as “Les Bulles” (the bubbles) and provides the occupants with an excellent view over the Isère River. At the top are two restaurants and a small military museum on mountain troops (Musée des troupes de montagne).
Palace of the Parliament of Dauphiné
This palace was constructed Place Saint Andre, around 1500 and extended in 1539. It was the location of the Parlement of Dauphiné until the French Revolution. It then became a courthouse until 2002. The building now belongs to the Isère Council (Conseil Général de l’Isère). An ongoing renovation project will give this building a new life whilst preserving its patrimonial character and adding a modern touch.
Museum of Grenoble
The city’s most prized museum, the Museum of Grenoble, welcomes 200,000 visitors a year. It is above all renowned for its collection of paintings that covers all artistic evolutions.
A few must-visit restaurants:
This French restaurant has been awarded the Certificate of Excellence by TripAdvisor and has been reviewed as a great restaurant for lunch or dinner. Other visitors have said Le Cote is “a great little gem in Grenoble” and is “reasonably priced”. It is also known for its simple but fresh menu with their desserts being described as “one of the best desserts I’ve ever had”.Why not check it out and let us know what you think?
If you’re missing home and fancy a curry, pop in to Le Bombay, an authentic Indian restaurant which again has been awarded the Certificate of Excellence by TripAdvisor which visitors have described as “a taste of India”.
The restaurant is decorated in a traditional Indian style and has a relaxing ambiance and has been described as “the best Indian restaurant in Grenoble” with “delicious authentic food”.