Is Grenoble only a matter of ski? Forget it, come closer: the city will enchant history amateurs thanks to its rich cultural heritage ! Get off the beaten tracks: yes, Grenoble knows by heart neighbouring snowy summits - and hosts a rich historical past too. Follow us on a discovery tour - you will have plenty to tell about Grenoble during long winter nights. From Cularo to Grenoble, history made giant leaps through Dauphiné.
Grenoble has always nurtured a pioneer, somewhat ireeverrent spirit with a reputation going way beyond the boundaries of Dauphiné. This rich past history still infuses in every day’s life : dynamic, curious, ready to experiment, confident in the future.
Could Grenoble’s pavement tell-they would speak about the city’s ramparts (3rd century), which remains are still visible in the old town.
Old stones would recall the terrifying Duke of Lesdiguières...
...who initiated the building of Bastille fortress, today’s symbol of Grenoble: let the Bastille cable car (the ‘Bulles’) take you up there. You would learn about the Day of the Tiles in 1788, preceding the French Revolution, and about the Industrial Revolution, too.
Old walls in the city centre would share secrets belonging to Henry Beyle – whose pen name was Stendhal, or tell how a breathtaking road (from Grenoble to South France) was named after Napoléon’s march back to Paris, when the Emperor stopped in Grenoble.