The Bastille

NileGuide Expert Says:

No trip to Grenoble is complete without a visit to the Bastille. Do like every Grenoblois does and try to find your hotel from the observation deck. It's harder than you think!


Quai Stéphane Jay
38000 Grenoble, France
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NileGuide Expert tip:

Visitors can either walk up the nature trail or take the bubbles to reach the Bastille. To experience both, buy a one-way ticket up and walk down or vice versa.


The first fortress was built here in the 16th century by the Duke of Lesdiguières, but the fortifications that we see today date to the 19th century.

Visitors can explore the blockhouses, an observation deck, the moat, and the flat bufferzone. The latter, which was meant to be a dangerous crossfire zone, is today an ideal spot for picnics with a panoramic view of the city.

At the Bastille, visitors can dine at Chez Le Per'Gras, Le Téléférique gourmet bistro, or at La Salle des Gardes snack shop. There is also a free Mountain Troops Museum that retraces the history of France's Alpine troops.

The walk up to the Bastille lasts about 45 minutes and is relatively easy, but wear comfortable shoes. There is no admission fee, which makes the Bastille a popular attraction for visitors and locals.
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