On the Drac and Isère Rivers, Grenoble is a high-tech city of science ringed by mountains in France’s Northern Alps.
To the north is the powerful Bastille at the start of Chartreuse mountain range, and threatening the city from the west are the monumental rocks of the Vercors Massif.
If you want the great outdoors you’ve got them in Grenoble, with a catalogue of walks leading you to the region’s lakes, forests and mountain pastures.
In winter ski resorts are less than an hour away.
Back in the city there are loads of great free museums inviting you to discover Grenoble’s rich history, which goes back to before Roman times.
Lets explore the best things to do in Grenoble:
1. Musée de Grenoble
There’s no question that this swish modern building is where you need to begin your trip to Grenoble.
It is one of France’s premier art museums, with 57 rooms and a collection that totals 1,500 pieces.
It’s no exaggeration that you can get a good summary of the history of European culture, from the 1200s to the present day right here in these galleries.
There are paintings by French, Spanish, Dutch, Flemish and Italian masters from the 17th century.
But the museum really comes into its own in the 20th-century departments, where all the main movements from Fauvism to Pop Art are on show.
Chagall, Picasso, Magritte, Paul Klee, Georgs Grosz, Joan Miró are just a few of the names you may know.