Téléphérique Grenoble-Bastille


Hop into a clear-panelled spherical pod for dreamy views of Grenoble's red roofs and magnificent mountains on this cable-car ride up to the Bastille. Les bulles ('the bubbles'), as they're known, have been floating along the 610m cable since 1934, making them the world's first urban cable car system for sightseers.

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Nearby Grenoble attractions

1. Musée Stendhal

0.14 MILES

This modest museum, housed in the restored apartment of his maternal grandfather, Docteur Gagnon, celebrates the work of the author of The Red and the…

2. Musée Dauphinois

0.15 MILES

This ever-evolving museum unleashes a century of regional history on visitors. Suits of armour are back-lit in brightly coloured rooms, 3-D family trees…

3. Église St-Louis

0.22 MILES

Consecrated in 1699, the St-Louis church may look austere from the outside but within you'll find a staggering set of seven paintings, featuring scenes…

4. Musée de l’Ancien Évêché

0.29 MILES

A run-through of regional history, from prehistory through medieval times to the 20th century, is presented within the atmospheric walls of the 13th…

5. Cathédrale Notre Dame

0.29 MILES

The rose-brick rib vaults of Grenoble's elegant cathedral rise from the site of a 4th-century church. Its present form dates to the 1200s, though its…

6. Musée de Grenoble

0.32 MILES

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…

7. 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…

8. Musée des Troupes de Montagne


Though the subject is niche, this museum exploring France's elite Alpine regiments, which date to 1888, is riveting. An audioguide (in French, English,…