Traveling Europe: Grenoble, France

After a few days in Geneva (read about it here!), the next stop on our European travel itinerary was Grenoble, France.  Located at the foot of the French alps in southeastern France, Grenoble is a beautiful industrial city surrounded by mountains.  It is also smaller than most of the other cities on our trip, so it was a nice change of pace.



During our stay, my dad and I hopped on a cable car and took a ride up the mountainside to the Bastille.  The fortress began construction in the Middle Ages, and is the site of the first urban cable car to ever be built.




On a clear day the mountainside is an amazing vantage point for overlooking the city.  The views were absolutely breathtaking.



It was definitely cold up on the mountain, so I made sure to bundle up.  I had picked up the wool scarf from a little street stand back in Venice and it did a great job of keeping me warm!



If you walk back into the mountainside, you will find caves and tunnels carved through the rock.  Inside we found staircases that appeared to lead down through the mountain… very cool!



I especially liked Grenoble because it felt a lot like my home state of Washington, with the mountains, rivers, and similar climate.  The people were friendly and it was fun to see a foreign city that was less touristy.  Oh, and it had the cutest little baby carousel ever!


Only about 2 hours by train from Geneva, Grenoble was a perfect connection on the way to our next destination… Paris!  Stay tuned to hear all about it!

Have you read my other Eurotrip posts?


  • Heather Dawn

    Sounds so perfect! I really hope I can experience Europe one of these years!

  • Annika

    I love your Europe posts! Cannot wait for the video :)

  • Kate

    These photos are incredible! Makes me want to hop on a plane and travel :)

    Kate xo /

  • Valerie

    I didn’t know you were from Washington!! Holy cow! I live here! What part? Beautiful pictures as always, Allison :)

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  • melaniface

    Those caves look cool! :)

  • Jamie

    Im in love with your travel blogs! Hoping to have a similar European Tour in the future!

  • ekta jagtiani

    That is the cutest carousel! Can’t wait to see your Paris pictures :)

  • Sarah

    I’m loving these posts about your trip! Also, I watched your Italy and France video – amazing! I’m definitely saving tips from your travels to help me plan my next adventure.

    Sweet Spontaneity

  • Lexi Alm

    This is my most favorite city in the whole world. I lived there for a year in 2008-2009. I am glad you enjoyed your visit.

  • oohlalaitsjustine

    These photos & your video were stunning! What camera & lens do you use?

  • Jolien Nathalie

    Your youtube video about your trip in Europe is so beautiful it made me cry! Thank you for sharing your trip with us <3 :)

  • Kali

    I’m so jealous of your trip! I was wondering, being a Washington State girl myself, where in WA you were from? :)

  • Sterndli98

    I loved Grenoble in the summer 3 years ago but it was a lot more touristy than your stay because of the summer.

  • Katie

    Oh Alison, I have been loving reading your European Adventure blog posts so far! I can’t wait for Paris and London. Would you ever do a video or blogpost on how to plan a trip like this and also photography tips for taking pictures with a DSLR for beginners? Xx

  • Lydia

    Hi Allison!
    I have been following you for a while & really surprised when
    I saw this post on Grenoble as I have lived in the suburbs of Grenoble for 14 years :-) (the city I lived in is just behind you in the picture where you are standing holding the barrier).
    Anyway, glad you enjoyed it & did you get to visit or pass through Lyon, which is in an hour away? I now live there & it’s a beautiful & amazing city. If not, hope you will be able to visit it one day, you will not regret it 😉

  • Nadia

    I lived 6 years in Grenoble !!! Beautiful photos :)

  • Lauren Sola

    it’s so amazing, YOU in my city *.* So glad you enjoyed your trip.

    Lauren, a french girl :)

  • Ellie D

    I just came back from skiing in the French alps and flew into Grenoble – We had a 10 hour delay at the airport on our way home, this post made me wish i had explored the surrounding areas so much more with the time that i had! – So glad you had such an amazing trip!