Many of our study abroad students are drawn by a desire to learn about a different culture. One of the best spots to do so is the enchanting Alpine city of Grenoble, France. In Grenoble with AIFS, not only can you study French culture in the classroom – but the town also offers many opportunities to embrace French culture every day.
These are 6 of our favorite ways to experience French culture while in Grenoble, France.
1. Visit the Château de Vizille
A castle in the French town of Vizille right near Grenoble, the Château de Vizille was the birthplace of the French Revolution.
Rich with history, the Château and its 320-acre, picturesque park are classified as French monuments. If you can, try to visit on a sunny day and enjoy a walk through the park to discover all of its beauty.
2. Dine in Grenoble’s Historic Center
There are many restaurants in Grenoble’s Historic Center where you can enjoy a traditional French meal. One option is La Petite Idéè, a traditional restaurant known for its regional specialties.
Or, if you’re in the mood to try some cheese fondue, visit La Fondue which is located close to Grenoble’s Cathedral. With 17 different kinds of cheese and a variety of chocolates, this restaurant is a delicious way to sample French cuisine.
3. Stop by a Short Story Vending Machine
Bookworms: craving a mid-day treat? Grenoble is home to 14 short story vending machines!
A unique take on snack and soda machines, Grenoble’s short story dispensers offer a choice of one, three, or five-minute stories. These unique, magical machines are a testament to the old-school charm that Grenoble so wonderfully offers.
4. Take a Cable Car to La Bastille
Since 1934, Grenoble’s cable car (seen above) has taken people on scenic rides to the famous Bastille fortress. Alpine life is a key element of Grenoble’s culture, and a ride on the cable car will show you jaw dropping views of Grenoble’s scenic Alpine landscape. Plus, the destination – the Bastille – is just as brilliant, with a history dating back to the Middle Ages.
5. Tour the Musée de Grenoble
The Musée de Grenoble offers a wide variety of ancient, modern, and contemporary art. Art has played an integral role in French culture for generations, and this local museum is a fantastic testament to that.
6. Ski in the French Alps
As a former host of the Winter Olympics, winter sports play a major role in Grenoble’s culture.
With that said, skiing in the Alps is a great way to experience that culture for yourself. Some awesome trails are located just 45 minutes from the center of town and lessons are available for beginners at a reasonable cost.
Did you know: AIFS includes many of these cultural activities in your study abroad program fee? Learn more about studying abroad in Grenoble with AIFS – and fully experience French culture for yourself!