Paul Mistral Park


Grenoble, France

NileGuide Expert tip:

The little ones will enjoy riding the train that runs through part of the park. Mom and dad can enjoy a refreshing drink at one of the tables just next to the pint-sized tracks.


Paul Mistral Park, often just called Parc Mistral by locals, is Grenoble's green lungs and offers sprawling lawns for picnics or just relaxing. The lawns fill a 21 hectare area bordered by boulevard Clemenceau, avenue Jean Perrot, boulevard Jean Pain (and a stretch of the C tram line), and the Isère river.

Parc Mistral offers more than just green space. It is also the home of Grenoble's city hall, the Stade des Alpes soccer stadium, Palais des Sports event hall, Anneau de Vitesse track, La Bobine, and Halle Clemenceau where events such as the Chocolate Fair and Line Dancing Championships are held.

The park's most famous monument, the Tour Perret, has watched over Grenoble since 1925, when Parc Mistral and the tower were created. Paul Mistral served as mayor of Grenoble from 1910 to 1932. In the 1920s, the city began planning for the International Tourism and Hydroelectric Power Exposition to crown Grenoble capital of hydroelectricity thanks to the numerous nearby mountain torrents. Paul Mistral had the idea to tear down the military installations occupying the grounds of today's park to turn it into a huge fair ground. Despite much opposition, notably from the military, he plowed through with his project and by 1925, Grenoble had a new park and a new symbol with the observation tower. It is the only construction left from the exposition.

Enigmatic sculptures dating from the 1968 Olympic Games dot the park today. Use your imagination to try to understand what they represent (this can be a fun game with children, too).

Every summer, the city of Grenoble turns Parc Mistral into a playground with water games, lounge chairs for the public's relaxation, rock climbing installations, and mini ropes courses for children. Parents can also purchase tickets to let the kiddies ride on a small train. Free concerts are occasionally held here as well.


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