Cultural & tourist attractions

The Bastille

It would be impossible to discuss Grenoble without mentioning the Bastille, a former military fort dating back to the XIXth century. Built on the border between France and the Piedmont region of Italy, these days it welcomes more than 600,000 visitors every year. To reach the fort, simply head to the city centre and take one of the oldest téléphérique lifts in the world!

First and foremost, the Bastille is an exceptional lookout point offering one of the most beautiful panoramic view over the Alps. Formally listed as a Historic Monument, the Bastille is also classified as a natural area and is home to an impressive variety of animal and vegetable species.

Numerous activities are on offer for the whole family, starting with visits to a museum of mountain troops and the Bastille art centre.

With respect to activities, this location has pushed back the boundaries of the imagination by launching a programme known as Acrobastille, a wide range of experiences for individual visitors, groups and companies. Thrill seekers will be able to try out the giant zip-line, the aerial course or even the three-dimensional maze.

Special rate for OKKO HOTELS clients: €5.9 round trip
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The Musée de Grenoble

Founded in 1798, the Musée de Grenoble is today considered to be one of the most prestigious museums in France. Consisting of over 900 works, the museum holds collections of both ancient art, and modern and contemporary art.

The collections:
  • Ancient arts: (from classical times to the 19th century) the museum possesses collections linked to Ancient Egypt and Greece, but also Ancient Etruria.
  • Modern art: the modern art collection is an impressive assortment of masterpieces and great names from the 20th century. For example, it includes donations from both Matisse and Picasso.
  • Contemporary art: the Musée de Grenoble is one of the premier contemporary art museums and exhibits international art from the 1970s onwards.
  • Graphic arts: the museum reserves a special place for drawings, boasting 5,000 sheets of ancient drawings.

Opening hours:
Monday & Wed to Sunday: 10am - 6:30pm
Closed on Tuesday

Address: Place Lavalette, a 15 minutes walk from the hotel
Entry costs 8€, or 5€ at a reduced rate.

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The Sainte-Cécile convent

The Sainte-Cécile convent and its adjoining chapel were built in the XVIIth century to host Grenoble’s Bernardine nuns. Nowadays the convent serves as the headquarters of Editions Glénat, a publishing house founded by Jacques Glénat in 1969, and also as the home for many of the Glénat Foundation and Endowment Fund’s collections and activities.

The history of the Sainte-Cécile convent is fascinating and unexpected. The Bernardine nuns were expelled from the convent in 1791 and the building was seized by the army, who were to occupy the premises until the start of the 21th century. The chapel was transformed into a cinema in 1925, before becoming a dancing hall after the Second World War and then a theatre until 1999.

It was in 2004 that Jacques Glénat, an art collector originally from the Dauphiné region of France, acquired this historic site. After a long period of restoration work, the Sainte-Cécile convent re-opened its doors to the public during France’s Heritage Days celebrations in September 2009.

Today’s visitors can admire the chapel in its original scale, complete with new stained-glass windows designed by the Dutch artist Joost Swarte, an illustrator and comic book artist. The cloisters have been restored and a magnificent library installed in the convent chapel.

Opening hours:
Mon to Friday: 9am - 12:30pm & 1:30pm - 6pm
Admittance is free

Address: 37 de la rue Servan Grenoble 38000
☎ 04 76 88 75 75

Guided tours may be arranged

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The Grenoble Archaeological Museum at Saint-Laurent

The next stop that we’ve planned for you is at the Saint-Laurent church, which houses Grenoble’s museum of archaeology. This site fully immerses the visitor in the city’s historical heritage, in a way that few others in Europe can claim to.

The stand-out feature of this archaeological site is that it consists of several constructions piled on top of each other. There are four distinguishable sections, providing evidence of nearly two thousand years of important cultural evolutions and changing religious beliefs over the subject of death.

The first church built on the Saint-Laurent site was a funerary chapel, dating back to the VIth century. Its crypt and stunning state of preservation make it a unique archaeological site!

The visit then continues with the remains of a large church dating back around one thousand years to the Carolingian Empire, given to Benedictine monks in the IXth century.

Opening hours:
Monday & Wed to Sunday: 10am - 6pm
Admittance is free

Address: Place Saint-Laurent

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Kayaking on the Isère river

How does the idea of seeing Grenoble from the water sound? If it's right up your alley, then head to the Grenoble rowing club on the Ile Verte to partake in an outdoor, cultural experience on the Isère River!

Whether it be a guided tour, a beginner’s guide to kayaking, something more challenging or even paddling after nightfall, the rowing club has all bases covered. During the summer, the club offers four unique experiences allowing you to see the city of Grenoble like you’ve never seen it before.

Address: 37-39 quai Jongkind 38 000 Grenoble
☎ 04 76 42 77 86

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Canyoning with Vertical Aventure

The Vertical Aventure team is made up of mountain guides and instructors, each one fully professional and passionate about sport. They have scoured the region in order to identify the very best canyons in a 30-minute radius around the cities of Grenoble, Chartreuse and Vercors.

The more adventurous among you will also find other activities such as mountain climbing (both via ferrata and via corda), mountaineering and even hang-gliding.

You can book your experience online over at the Vertical Aventure website.

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The Challenge room

Adventure, immersion, teamwork, observation, speed, investigation ... these are the keywords of The Challenge room, the 1st Live Escape Game in Grenoble. Locked in a room (from 2 to 6 players), unite your efforts in this cooperative game to solve a variety of puzzles in 60 minutes stopwatch.

Will you step up to the challenge?

Opening hours:
From Monday to Sunday
From 10am to Midnight

Address: 7 rue Très-Cloîtres & 10-12 rue Servan, 38000 Grenoble
☎ 09 51 37 20 90

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The Chartreuse Cellars

Made from a recipe that has remained a secret for over 400 years, Chartreuse is one of the most unique specialities of the Grenoble region.

A 400 year-old secret recipe
Nowadays, in the distillery at Voiron, two monks work to manufacture the drink under conditions of absolute secrecy.

The vast Chartreuse Cellars at Voiron are among the largest in the world. A visit to the cellars is entirely free and divided into two halves:
A guided tour of the cellars and the distillery, featuring a 3D film retracing the history of the Chartreuse monks over the centuries and a tasting session in the surrounds of a majestic room with large stained glass windows.
An exhibition on the drink itself, located on the first floor, including a film recounting the story behind the famous manuscript.

OPEN from 1.04.2017 to 5.11.2017
April, October, November: 13h30 to 18h00
May to September: 10h00 to 18h30
Recommended visit time: 1:15
Last admission 45 minutes before closing time

Address: Caves de la Chartreuse, 10 bd Edgar Kofler, 38503 - Voiron

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The Stendhal Museum

Stendhal was born in Grenoble, where he stayed until the end of his adolescent years when he moved to Paris. Everywhere you go in Grenoble, you will hear the same thing: Stendhal said that, in Grenoble, “there is a mountain at the end of every street”.

When he was young, Stendhal spent a lot of time at his grandfather’s home in a little house located on the Place Grenette. It was also his grandfather, Dr. Henri Gagnon, who would give him the taste for literature.
Stendhal’s literary works feature many locations in the region, from which he took inspiration to write his novels: the town of Voreppe, his grandfather’s birthplace; the “Painters’ Town” of Morestel, which inspired Stendhal’s greatest work, Le Rouge et le Noir; or even the village of Brangues.

You can visit the Stendhal Museum, consisting of Stendhal’s childhood apartment and Dr. Gagnon’s apartment. It underwent works in 2011 in order to be opened to the public.

Right in the centre of town, the entry is discreetly positioned on a busy street. The apartment was not renovated to replicate the writer’s original dwelling. Instead, work on each and every item followed a theme, in order to give a wealth of information on the France that Stendhal knew while growing up.

Standard entry costs 5€ and the reduced rate is 3€.

Address: 20 Grande Rue 38000 Grenoble

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Le Magasin CNAC

Opened in 1986, Le Magasin is the name given to the National Centre for Contemporary Arts (CNAC) in Grenoble. Its headquarters are to be found in a 3,000 m² building, constructed in the style of a covered market by the Eiffel Workshop for the Universal Exhibition in Paris in 1900, and latterly transported to Grenoble.

Le Magasin’s principal mission is to display contemporary art, by way of temporary exhibitions. It supports artistic creativity, and helps artists to produce their works and then to exhibit them.

As such, every last inch of space is reserved for temporary exhibitions by contemporary artists from all over the world (paintings, sculptures, photos, videos …).

Opening hours:
Wed to Sunday: 2pm - 7pm
Closed on Monday and Tuesday

Address: Centre National d’Art Contemporain, Site Bouchayer-Viallet, 8 esplanade Andry-Farcy, 38000 Grenoble
☎ 04 76 21 95 84
Entry: 4€
Reduced rate: 2.50€
Admittance is free under 10

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