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Top Choice National Park in Dauphiné

Parc National des Écrins

One of the greatest summertime pleasures of the French Alps is hiking in France’s second-largest national park. The glacier-carved, 918-sq-km park has 676km of trails spidering through its forests, alpine meadows an…
Top Choice Museum in Grenoble

Musée de Grenoble

For lovers of European art, this museum is an uplifting place to get lost for a day. There's an even spread of artistic eras on display: an antiquities wing with statuettes from ancient Egypt and Greece, and mostly …
Top Choice Museum in Grenoble

Musée Archéologique

This highly impressive museum unveils the secrets of a 12th-century church and cloister using light effects, a haunting choral soundtrack and an informative audioguide. Interactive, self-guided visits allow you to e…
Top Choice French in Briançon

Au Plaisir Ambré

At this refined old-town restaurant, the leisurely pace of service is essential, if only to let your taste buds catch up with chef Michaël Chassigneux's innovative creations. Pan-fried mullet surfs on celery foam, j…
Top Choice Cocktail Bar in Grenoble

Le 365

Good-humoured mixologists preside over a fabulous cocktail list at this chic and ever-so-slightly risqué bar. Sip one of myriad mojito varieties – strawberry-basil and the Chartreuse variety were our favourites – an…
Top Choice Desserts in Briançon

Pâtisserie Turin

It's hard to overstate how seriously this all-Italian baker and chocolate-maker takes its craft. Order a caffè marocchino (espresso with milk foam and cocoa powder) in the adjoining tea room and deliberate between r…
Top Choice Pub in Les Deux Alpes

Polar Bear

Follow the totemic wooden polar bears into this snug chalet-style boozer. A hanging brazier keeps punters toasty, as do the Irish coffees and vin chaud (mulled wine). There's a range of European beers (including Gui…
Historic Site in Briançon

Vauban Fortifications

Situated at the confluence of five river valleys, Briançon was highly vulnerable to attack by France's Alpine arch-rival of the 17th century, the Duchy of Savoy. After an especially damaging raid in 1692, vast effor…
Park in Dauphiné

Parc Naturel Régional du Vercors

Mountains, limestone cliffs and dense forests create a high-drama landscape within this 2062-sq-km preserve, a few kilometres southwest of Grenoble. The Gorges du Furon are a prime attraction for walkers, canyoners …
Fortress in Grenoble

Fort de la Bastille

After a fun ride in the téléphérique, or a steep, hour-long climb, the reward is a magnificent mountain panorama from Grenoble's stocky fortress, built during the first half of the 19th century to strengthen the cit…