A small, relatively quiet city with lots of foreign students but unparalleled if you’re big on snow-sports or hiking. The main attraction of the city is its proximity to the mountains: you can easily go skiing for the day for relatively cheap. If you’re not likely to make the most of this we’d recommend going to a bigger city.
There are nearly 20 ski resorts that surround Grenoble, which is right in the middle of 4 mountain chains. The slopes of the Vercors, Chartreuse, Belledonne, and Oisans mountains are each unique and varying difficulty.
Grenoble-Bastille Cable Car
Take a panoramic ride in one of the bubble style cable cars - you won't regret it! At the top of the hill is where the infamous Bastille is situated. Not only is there impressive views, but also a museum where you can learn about the city's history. You can take an easy hike uphill as well as explore surrounding tunnels.
If you're looking for an adventure, Furon canyon is for you. Depending on the area of the canyon, there is varying levels of difficulty so suitable for both beginners and more seasoned canyoners. With 10 meter jumps, slides and rappels it's great for thrill seekers - of course, everything is optional so don't fret!
Le Magasin National Centre of Contemporary Art
It's no surprise this building is a former warehouse. Made from industrial brick, metal, and glass, it was built by the world-famous architect: Gustave Eiffel. In 1986 the warehouse was repurposed as a modern art gallery and now displays cutting edge art. It is considered one of the finest modern art galleries in the whole of the country!
The Best of Grenoble
There’s a decent number of bars concentrated in the city centre which are within a 5 minute walk so it’s never hard to gauge whether places are too full or dead.
Bukana is probably the most popular Erasmus bar which doubles as a small nightclub.
If you’re more into wine and charcuterie, then check out Le Zinc wine bar. It has a retro feel and is a local favourite.
If you love beer then Les BerThom is the place to be. With a large selection of beers on tap you’ll find a mixed crowd of students and seasoned beer-lovers. They even have bottled gluten-free beers. Happy hour is weekdays and Sundays from 7pm to 9pm.
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A leader in sustainable and handicapped-accessible transportation, Grenoble has a dense network of transportation solutions: 5 tram lines, buses all around, rental bikes, taxis, park & ride lots, and more.
You can hire a Métrovélo – similar to a Boris Bike. Grenoble has over 300km of cycle paths, so it’s a great place to cycle.
Grenoble has Uber & Lyft as well as their own taxis.
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