Fort de la Bastille

sights / Military

Lonely Planet review

Crowning a hillside above the River Isère, this 19th-century fort is Grenoble’s most visible landmark. Built high and mighty to withstand invasions by the dukes of Savoy, the stronghold has long been a focus of military and political action.

Today it lures camera-toting crowds with its far-reaching views over Grenoble and the swiftly flowing River Isère to the peaks of the Vercors and, on cloud-free days, the snowy hump of Mont Blanc. Panels map out trails, from gentle family walks to day hikes.

To get to the fort, hop aboard the riverside Téléphérique Grenoble Bastille . The ascent in glass bubbles, which climb 264m from the quay, is almost more fun than the fort itself. Leave early to beat the queues in summer, or take a pleasant hour’s walk uphill (half an hour down).