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Préfecture of Isère (38)

Population: 162,800 (Grenoblois, Grenobloises), 450,000 for Grenoble Alpes Métropole (49 communes)

Economy: French leader for micro and nanotechnologies (MINATEC)

Specialties: chestnut, gratin dauphinois, chicken with crawfish, Murson (cumin sausage) , pingouin (pastry), Chartreuse (liquor)

Celebrities: Casimir Perier, Stendhal, Olivier Messiaen (composer), Louis Néel (Physics Nobel Prize), Marc Minkowski (orchestra director), Jean-Claude Gallotta (choregrapher), Michel Fugain (singer), Bernard Thevenet, Jeannie Longo, Jerome Neuville (cycling),  Xavier Dorfman (Olympic rowing champion in Sydney), Olivier Panis (Formula One driver)

Sport: Bruleurs de Loups (ice-hockey), FCG Rugby (Top 14), GF 38 (soccer, 4th division), Aviron grenoblois (rowing), Grenoble Six Days.

Festivals: Detours de Babel (world music, April), European Theatre Festival (July), Short Films Festival (July), Cabaret Frappé (July), Rocktambule (October), Rencontres du Cinéma de montagne de Grenoble (November), International Circus Festival (November)

Labels: Ville compagnon de la libération, ville fleurie (4), Internet City 5@, Golden handlebars (Guidon d’or) for citiez with more than 30 km of cycling lanes, Ribbon for sustained development 2010, Marianne d’or 2011, best student town 2013, 5th most innovative city in the world (Forbes magazine), 2nd Access City Award 2014.

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© GAM/Frangella Lucas
Place Saint-André à Grenoble © Getty/Kavalenkava Volha
Place Notre dame © Vianney Thibaut
Le centre de Grenoble la nuit © Christian Pedrotti
Le Parc Paul Mistra © GAM

68, OLYMPIC YEAR

In 1960, a group composed of the prefect of Isère, the president of the Dauphiné Ski Committee, an architect and the department leading civil engineer, proposed to the mayor, Albert Michallon, to organise the Xth Olympic Winter Games in Grenoble. To develop the city, he sent the Grenoble bid to the IOC on December 30, 1960. The vote took place on January 28, 1964. Grenoble won ahead of Calgary and had four years to transform the city. Grenoble was a wealthy town with exceptional economic growth and a famous university but its infrastructures were not on par. The prefect of Isère convinced Prime minister Georges Pompidou to release funding for the construction of Olympic equipment. All of the structural infrastructure was modernised: new town hall, new railway station, new exhibition center. The traffic was also changed completely. Then came the Grenoble Olympis: 12 days of jubilation and innovation, the first Olympic Games to have a mascot, Schuss the skier, but also a colour broadcast on televisions around the world. Fifty years later, no one forgot the grace of Peggy Flemming on the ice and the performances of the French ski team crowned by the three gold medals of Jean-Claude Killy.

Peggy Fleming en 1968 lors des JO d'hiver de Grenoble en 1968 © Presse Sports/L'Equipe
Jean Claude Killy à l'arrivée de la descente hommes des JO d'hiver de Grenoble en 1968 © Presse Sports/L'Equipe

GRENOBLE AND CYCLING

With more than 40 visits, the Tour de France is familiar with Grenoble, even if is last stop was in 2014 for a stage to Risoul won by Rafal Majka. A Tour de France stage since 1905, Grenoble holds a special place in the history of 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, 286 riders have held the yellow jersey. Grenoble was also the last stronghold in France of Six Day Racing, a track event once very popular which disappeared in 2014. The city is also the heart of the Criterium du Dauphiné, hosting stages of the race almost every year since 1947. Many Grenoble riders took part in the Tour de France: among them Laurent Biondi, Pierre Brambillla, 3rd and best climber of the 1947 Tour, Bernard Gauthier, yellow jersey for a week in 1950, and Jean Luc Molinéris.

Rafal Majka lors de l'étape 14 Grenoble - Risoul du Tour de France 2014 © Presse Sports/Frederic Mons

SIGHTS

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   

Street Art Fresque Obey
Grenoble, an open-air museum. For a few years, Street Art takes central stage in the city thanks to the Grenoble Street Art Fest. It is the first festival in Europe to show Street Art as a versatile and esthetic movement. In 2019, American street artist Shepard Fairey (OBEY), one of the world’s leading artists in the field, left a superb mural in Grenoble, Rose Girl, located on 5, boulevard Maréchal Joffre.
www.streetartfest.org   

Sainte-Claire Market Hall
Built in 1874 by the official departmental architect Hector Riondel and inspired by the Baltard Market Hall in Paris, it was constructed on the site of a 15th century Poor Clares convent. The brick walls are merely decorative and the roof only rests upon the metal frame. The façade displays interesting decorative elements – mascarons and roof angles in the shape of lions.   

Perret Tower
Located in a 33-ha park, the Perret Tower was built in 1925 for the Grenoble Industrial and Tourism World Fair. Conceived by Auguste Perret to see Grenoble in the heart of the Alps, the 90-m concrete orientation tower was at the time the highest of its kind. It is listed as a historical monument and set to be restored soon.

© Milky
© Creative Commons 3.0/Milky
Halles Sainte Claire of Grenoble - Covered market of the city of Grenoble © Getty/Eric Bascol
La tour Perret © Ville de Grenoble
Perret Tower in Grenoble © Getty/benkrut

TO EAT

Grenoble walnuts
Grenoble walnuts draw their unique taste, finesse and freshness from their natural environment. Gathered in the Isère Valley, the walnut groves benefit from a relatively humid and windy climate. The orchards, cultivated between plains and hills, from 150 to 800 m above sea level, benefit from all the coolness of an Alpine climate perfectly suited to this small fruit.
The weather conditions, combined with the know-how of the producers, have made Grenoble Nuts a flagship production of the region for several centuries.
Nuciculturalists today combine the most modern methods with the respect for traditions and nature to offer a perfectly healthy and natural fruit.

© Jan Kosmowski

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