From the valley, the mountain is just a stone’s throw away. At the crossroads of the Belledonne and Oisans mountains, Vizille is a must-see stop on the road that leads to the Alpe d’Huez and Deux Alpes ski resorts. You’ll pass through this history-rich city on your way to the beautiful Ecrins National Park, one of the most impressive of the Alps. Surrounded by numerous hiking paths and near the Laffrey Lake, Vizille is home to one of the most emblematic sites of the Dauphiné.
With its imposing size, the Vizille Estate can be discovered by following the paths all around the site. Stroll through the refined ornamental park, planted with century-old trees and and a delicate rose garden and water basin.
Push the heavy chateau door and cross into the only museum in France dedicated to the French Revolution. Its rare collections highlight this pivotal time in French history.
As you make your way back from 1789, follow in Napoleon’s footsteps on the route that bears his name. Making his way back from exile on Elba island in 1815, Napoleon marched through here and all the way to Paris to take back power. His passage through Laffrey still rings out in French history.
In Jarrie, just nearby, don’t miss the Museum of Chemistry, that tells the story of the industrial vocation of this part of the region.