Grenoble - Capital of the Alps
Cold white winters and hot mountain summers make Grenoble a wonderful destination all year round. Crossed by the Drac and the Isère Rivers, flights to Grenoble will allow you to see first hand the magnificent scenery thanks to the beautiful Vercors, Chartreuse and Belledonne mountain ranges. These create the perfect conditions for skiing in winter while in summer, cable car rides, galleries, museums, quirky cafes serving fine French food and strolls through the historic centre are the perfect way to spend a day.
Bastille Hill with its ancient fortifications can be reached by cable car and offer spectacular views across the city. Those with a penchant for art and history must visit the Art Museum, the Musée Dauphinois and the fascinating Natural History Museum. For outdoor fun for the whole family, take a picnic to the Parc Paul Mistral with its tree lined avenues, grassy lawns and outdoor skating rink. Step back into Grenoble's past with a trip to the Saint Roch Cemetery or a tour of the Palace of the Parliament of Dauphiné. The little train of La Mure winds its way through glorious river scenery, across viaducts and through 18 tunnels. With three stunning mountain ranges, the surrounding area is ideal for long hikes and hill walks not to mention a host of winter spots including skiing and snowboarding. In the hot summer months, the beautiful mountain lakes afford plenty of opportunities for swimming, sailing and general relaxation.
What to Bring
Depending on the time of year you plan to visit, there are a few essential items to pack when flying to Grenoble. If visiting in the summer, don’t forget your swimwear and sunscreen and temperatures can get lovely and toasty. A good pair of walking boots is definitely a must if you plan to make the most of the majestic mountains and their wild walks. Bring a tent and you’ll find plenty of places to pitch up and sleep under the stars. With an abundance of snow in winter, Grenoble boasts some fantastic ski spots for beginners up to advanced levels so be sure to take your skis or snowboard. If you don’t have your own, you can easily rent all the equipment you need on arrival.
Those travelling to Grenoble from EU and Schengen countries do not require a visa to enter the country and can travel freely in the area on their passport. Visitors from outside these zones should enquire at their local embassy to find out the documents required in order to apply for a tourist visa.
Grenoble is a breath-taking French mountain getaway suitable for everyone from the enthusiastic skier to couples on a romantic break and family looking for a fun filled holiday. Whether it’s relaxing in a hot tub, wining and dining with delicious local cuisine or extreme sports, Grenoble is an alluring blend of action, adventure and city chic.
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