Fort de la Bastille

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Grenoble , France
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Built to defend France against the Duchy of Savoy, its great Alpine rival of the early 1800s, this massive fortress sprawls 300m atop the limestone outcrop dominating Grenoble, incorporating earlier defences. From February to December the Téléphérique Grenoble-Bastille leads directly from the south bank of the Isère to the fortress; alternatively, there are paths for the steep hour-long hike. Once up, a number of walking trails, including the GR9, start or pass by here.

From the top, the views are spectacular: on clear days you can see not only the peaks of the Vercors but also the snowy hump of Mont Blanc. On the viewing platform known as the Belvédère Vauban , panels (in French and English) indicate what you're looking out at. The fort complex has five places to eat, a Tourist Office , and the absorbing Musée des Troupes de Montagne .