The metropolitan magnificence of Grenoble is illuminated by its dynamic architecture, modern museums and role as scientific pioneer. The impeccable public transport system and thriving gastronomic scene enhances an outstanding quality of life; tourists can enjoy these elements as accessibly as lucky locals during their inevitably sublime sojourn in Grenoble. If it all sounds a little futuristic and fast-paced, do not fear, as Grenoble also offers opportunity to reconnect with nature amongst the jagged peaks of the Parc Naturel Regionel de Chartreuse.
One of Grenoble’s most visually arresting and unique attractions is the Saint Roch Cemetry, a monumental sprawl of 25,000 graves over 13 hectares which is surrounded by majestic mountains. Dedicate an afternoon to calm contemplation as you wander amidst megalithic headstones and celestial sculptures; many prominent French figures are buried here, and their resting places are indicated by the magnificence of their tombs. Deep within the cemetery lies the sacred structure of the Saint Roch Chapel, a small yet sublime chapel whose impressive entrance portal is flanked by two mighty Roman columns.
Grenoble’s Art Museum ranks amongst France’s finest with its impeccably presented collection of classic art. A veritable feast of recognisable paintings decorate the elegant interior, in which pieces from painting pioneers such as Soutine, Leger and Magritte can be enjoyed.
Immerse yourself in the rich cultural traditions of the area with a visit to Musee Dauphinois, a remarkably interesting exhibition that delves into the city’s residents, cultures and crafts.
Decadently dine beneath the glittering chandeliers of L’Epicurien. An wrought iron stair case winds diners down into the opulent depths of the restaurant, exposed stone and crisp white linen preparing them for the fine French fare that awaits. Classic dishes are simple yet sublime and come accompanied with an extensive wine list; sample French favourites such as herb-encrusted lamb and cream dauphinois for an exquisite experience. (1 Place aux Herbes, Grenoble, France )