Bastille, Grenoble

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A fortress perched at a vantage point 476 m (1,561 ft) above sea level, Bastille is the most-visited attraction in Grenoble. It is a monumental trek up a steep hill, but you'll be rewarded with a view that Stendhal said, “I haven't the strength to describe..." Alternatively, take a cable car running from Grenoble’s center. Inside the fortress, exhibits honor those who fought. Names of lost heroes can be found throughout, such as at Belvédère Vauban (Vauban Viewpoint) and the Lesdiguières Room. Look for the manmade caves overlooking Grenoble; once part of a defense strategy, they now offer a striking image. Concerts and events fill the fortress all year long.  Work out when and for how long to visit Bastille and other Grenoble attractions using our handy Grenoble trip itinerary builder.
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  • August 17, 2017
    If you are in Grenoble is definitely worth the climb to the Bastille with cable-especially if the day is clear.
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  • August 16, 2017
    Ride with the cable car all cute as bubbles, read the very informative information boards and enjoy the panorama
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  • August 15, 2017
    Different areas are available to have different views on grenoble and its surroundings. Gives the opportunity to "leap" back in time. Really beautiful and it only takes 20 Minutes to walk up. Also a Good place to train if that's what you're into. Would recommend for family couples and friends.
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  • July 11, 2017
    One of the major tourist spot in Grenoble, one that is hard to miss. Spectacular panoramic views of the whole city and the nearby mountains. Don't forget to take a pair of binoculars. The terrace area has lots of information on history of the castle and Grenoble. There is not much to explore in the Castle itself. Some live music and other social events adds to the fun.
  • July 3, 2017
    Having gone to the trouble of taking the cable car to get up here you may well wonder why you bothered. On every visit at least half the place is roped off for a "private function" and the section that isn't is woefully understaffed. As if the management would like everyone not in the private party to bugger off but can't bring themselves to say it. Such a shame as the views are great.
  • May 1, 2017
    Great view of Grenoble Valley and you can the great Alps mountains on a clear day. Take the téléphérique or hike up or down. Great historical sites for those who are War-Buffs
  • August 22, 2017
    Amazing view of Grenoble through a quick but acerbic cable car ascension
  • August 17, 2017
    Nice view of Grenoble from up there. Totally recommend visiting this place.

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