Grenoble

Giant steps for miniaturization

Historically, Grenoble has been at the fore of technological innovation and became in recent years a world capital for nanotechnologies, miniaturisation techniques at the service of science, industry and the man in the street. Several innovation centres have settled or are about to be based in Grenoble.

Nanobio is a structure bidding to make Grenoble a unique site in Europe for the development of miniaturised tools for biology. Applications are destined for the medical and pharmaceutical sector, water and food traceability and environment as a whole.

Another project Nano2life is turning Grenoble into a European leader in nanobiotechnology. Clinatec, whose premises just opened, is a project centre bringing together clinicians, searchers in neuroscience and biologists looking for advice on nanotechnologies and developments to their field of research. Created in 2003, MINATEC now disposes of a High Tech Building destined for companies and laboratories working to develop future applications in nanotechnologies at industrial level.

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Clos aux combes © Picasa 3.0
Stage town for the 40th time
Isère (38)
Population : 160,000 inhabitants (Grenoblois)
Economy : cradle of hydropower, cement and metallurgy. Industrial development in the 20th century has allowed it to become an international platform for innovation and research. In the early 2000s made a name for itself as the second French research centre. 62,000 students of which 42% in 2013 were specializing in sciences
Culture : The Bastille with cablecar access (80 years old in 2014), the Perret Tower, the fi rst reinforced concrete construction by the Perret brothers, several museums. Festivals : Cabaret Frappé, International Circus Festival,
International Mountain Film Workshop, Printemps du Livre
Sport : FCG Rugby (Top 14), Les Brûleurs de Loups (ice hockey), the GF38 (football CFA). Events: Half-Marathon Grenoble-Vizille, Critérium du Dauphiné, 3 day cycle race.
Sustainable Development : 350 km of cycle routes, 2,000 métrovélo bikes to hire, 5 tram lines, electric cars from next autumn
Labels : 5@ city, second best city in Europe for people with reduced mobility, fi fth most innovative city in the world

Three days in november

A Tour de France stage since 1905, Grenoble holds a special place in the historyof the race. In 1919, a new ceremony took place by which Eugene Christophe received a yellow jersey to distinguish him as the Tour leader. The event was greeted by a ten lines story in l'Auto. Since then, 267 riders have held the yellow jersey.

Bur Grenoble is also the last stronghold in France of Six Day Racing, a track event once very popular which disappeared everywhere else in the country. A sporting, festive and popular event, the Grenoble Six Days managed to pass the test of time and are now one of the city's most emblematic dates. The Six Days (now cut down to three) have been helped by the passion of riders like Charly Mottet, Bernard Vallet or Bernard Thevenet. It must be said that besides the pro race, won in the past by such big names as Hinault, Fignon, Thevenet or Merckx, several animations are held to keep the public happy. Cabaret, circus numbers, stunts, bands. Other events include a No Limit challenge for sprinters consisting in staying motionless on the bike as long as possible.

Stage town for the 40th time
Isère (38)
Population : 160,000 inhabitants (Grenoblois)
Economy : cradle of hydropower, cement and metallurgy. Industrial development in the 20th century has allowed it to become an international platform for innovation and research. In the early 2000s made a name for itself as the second French research centre. 62,000 students of which 42% in 2013 were specializing in sciences
Culture : The Bastille with cablecar access (80 years old in 2014), the Perret Tower, the fi rst reinforced concrete construction by the Perret brothers, several museums. Festivals : Cabaret Frappé, International Circus Festival,
International Mountain Film Workshop, Printemps du Livre
Sport : FCG Rugby (Top 14), Les Brûleurs de Loups (ice hockey), the GF38 (football CFA). Events: Half-Marathon Grenoble-Vizille, Critérium du Dauphiné, 3 day cycle race.
Sustainable Development : 350 km of cycle routes, 2,000 métrovélo bikes to hire, 5 tram lines, electric cars from next autumn
Labels : 5@ city, second best city in Europe for people with reduced mobility, fi fth most innovative city in the world

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Places to see

The Bastille

It is a 19th century fort set at an altitude of 476 metres on the foothills of the Chartreuse massif and overlooking Grenoble by 264 metres. Reachable by lift, the Bastille, which gave its name to the hill on which it stands, is the most visited site in Grenoble.
www.bastille-grenoble.fr

Grenoble museum

Founded in 1798, the Grenoble Museum of Fine Arts is one of the most prestigious of its kind in Europe. It displays a collection of more than 900 works of art illustrating the history of Western painting from the 12th to the 21st century -- masterpieces of classic painting from France, the Netherlands, Italy and Spain as well as the main tendencies of contemporary art since 1945.
www.museedegrenoble.fr

The Dauphine Parliament Palace

The building dates, for its oldest part, from the late 15th century. Home of the Dauphine Parliament until the Revolution, it became a Court of Justice until 2002.

The Dauphine Parliament was in 1453 the third parliament created in France after Paris and Toulouse. Belonging to the Isere department, the building will be converted for commercial, university and tourist activities.
www.isere-patrimoine.fr

St Andre collegial church

Dating from the early 13th century, it is one of the first Gothic buildings of the city. It has housed since 1822 the mausoleum of the Knight Bayard, who died in 1524. The church was built in the heart of the city from 1228 on orders by Dauphin Guigues V, who wished to establish his power in front of the bishop's.

Castle of Vizille

Listed as a historical monument, the castle of Vizille was built in the 17th century. Nestled inside a large domain of 100 ha ideal for strolls in the nature, the castle is considered as one of the birthplaces of the French Revolution. It hosted in July 1788 the Estates General of Dauphine seen as the starting point of the revolutionary ideas. The castle is now home to a Museum of the French Revolution.
www.domaine-vizille.fr

La Bastille © Jacques Marie FRANCILLONLe Musée de Grenoble © Ville de GrenobleLe Palais du parlement du Dauphiné © Ville de GrenobleLa Collégiale Saint-André © Thierry CHENULe Château de Vizille © Jacques Marie FRANCILLON
Stage town for the 40th time
Isère (38)
Population : 160,000 inhabitants (Grenoblois)
Economy : cradle of hydropower, cement and metallurgy. Industrial development in the 20th century has allowed it to become an international platform for innovation and research. In the early 2000s made a name for itself as the second French research centre. 62,000 students of which 42% in 2013 were specializing in sciences
Culture : The Bastille with cablecar access (80 years old in 2014), the Perret Tower, the fi rst reinforced concrete construction by the Perret brothers, several museums. Festivals : Cabaret Frappé, International Circus Festival,
International Mountain Film Workshop, Printemps du Livre
Sport : FCG Rugby (Top 14), Les Brûleurs de Loups (ice hockey), the GF38 (football CFA). Events: Half-Marathon Grenoble-Vizille, Critérium du Dauphiné, 3 day cycle race.
Sustainable Development : 350 km of cycle routes, 2,000 métrovélo bikes to hire, 5 tram lines, electric cars from next autumn
Labels : 5@ city, second best city in Europe for people with reduced mobility, fi fth most innovative city in the world

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