About the City2022-01-06T14:55:31+00:00


  • 5th RANK Of the most innovative cities in the world
  • AN ATTRACTIVE three-part system University / Research / Industry
  • A LIVING ENVIRONMENT voted in by executives and students
  • EXCEPTIONAL SITE to discover : Chartreuse cellars, Bastille fortress and cable car !
  • 22 SKO RESORTS reachable less than 1 hour

The city of Grenoble was awarded the status of Metropolitan Area on 1 January 2015 and is now gathering 450.000 inhabitants. Cosmopolite, vibrant, innovative and scientific, Grenoble is distinguished by its exceptional pleasant living environment and its economic appeal.


In the heart of the three Alpine mountain ranges of Vercors, Chartreuse and Belledonne, near the Ecrins and Oisans range, Grenoble deserves its designation as “Capital of the Alps”. More than 20 ski resorts are less than 45 minutes away by car, including 4 Olympic resorts (1968 OG). During summer, these same mountain resorts are bases for hiking, biking or trail. Paradise for nature activities, Grenoble Mountains offers lots of possibilities : climbing, paragliding, swimming into the lakes and rivers and breathtaking landscapes, highlighted with the certification of 2 Regional Nature Reserve and 1 National Park.

But the quality of life in Grenoble is not bound to its mountain environment only.

As a cosmopolitan university city, Grenoble welcomes 62,000 international students annually, bringing an energy and a unique atmosphere to the city both day and night. Grenoble was elected the best French metropolitan area to study (l’Etudiant – 2016).


Designated as the second French research hub and one of the first “French Tech” certified city, Grenoble has built a solid reputation.

Always at the forefront of technology and able to innovate constantly, the metropolitan area excels in both micro and nanotechnologies, computing and software, health and medical technology, energy, chemistry and environment, and metallurgy and mechanics. This capacity for innovation and economic success is based on a unique model of cooperation which combines the skills of industrialists, researchers, academics and public institutions.

Five internationally renowned organizations (CEA, CNRS, INSERM, ESRF and Institut Laue-Langevin), 8 8 national research organizations and 5 major competitiveness clusters attract nearly 15,000 scientists from all around the world each year.

With this culture of sharing ideas, being bold and creative, what makes Grenoble unique is a state of mind that has a direct impact on the city’s culture and makes it a perfect MICE destination.


The City of Grenoble and its partners have won the title of European Green Capital 2022. This title, awarded each year by the European Union, is recognition of Grenoble’s environmental example.

Launched in 2008 by the European Commission with the slogan “Green cities – fit for life”, or “Green cities – soft to live”, the title of Green Capital is awarded to cities that meet ambitious objectives in terms of the environment, sustainable development and can act as a model.

The title lasts for a year during which Europe makes the elected territory an ambassador territory at national and European level. Elected Green Capital 2022, Grenoble convinced the European Commission thanks in particular to the following assets:

  • reduction of fine particles in the air by 25% between 2004 and 2015
  • generalization of 30km / h and the largest Low Emission Zone (ZFE) in France
  • second city in France for commuting by bicycle and 320 km of cycle routes
  • school canteens half supplied with organic and / or local products
  • zero phytosanitary products for the City’s green spaces for 10 years and before everyone else
  • in 2022 Grenoble will be supplied with 100% green electricity, 0% carbon and 0% nuclear power

The European Commission has ranked Grenoble in 1st or 2nd position out of 11 of the 12 indicators. Find all the advantages of the Grenoble application on grenoble.fr and on ec.europa.eu


Grenoble was originally known as Cularo, a town built in antiquity, which was then developed in mediaeval times by Emperor Gratian, who has given his name to the city. Today, it still has some traces of these times: fortified walls, a baptismal crypt and a few public buildings. The Renaissance left a more visible footprint across many buildings, in particular the fortified site of “La Bastille”, to which is accessed by the famous “bubbles”, one the first urban cable-car in the world.

Labelled “City of Art and History” since 2017, the city is also becoming a street art destination, welcoming the “Street Art Fest”, 1stEuropean festival gathering about fifty artists and more than 80 ephemeral works of art.

Notable among bountiful museums of the city, the “Musée de Grenoble” offers one of the most important XXthcentury art collections in Europe.


In addition to mountain actitvities which are the favorite hobbies of Grenoble people, inhabitants are also often all get together around their favorite team, into high-quality sport facilities with big capacities :

  • At the “Stade des Alpes” stadium (20 000 seats), to support the Grenoble rugby team (FCG) which is in French Top 14 or assist to some Feminine Football World Cup matches in 2019.
  • At the “Pôle Sud” ice rink (4200 seats) to encourage the Grenoble ice hockey team (Brûleurs de Loups, French Champions in 2017) or applaud the best worldwide ice skater at the “Internationaux de Patinage”, one fg the most important international ice-skating tournaments (November 2017 and 2018).


Grenoble also stands out through the exemplary nature of its policy for sustainable development. The first metropolitan area to elect a green party to power, Grenoble is an experimental cradle for innovative environmental methods in particular the development of several eco-neighbourhoods and many green areas.

Grenoble’s residents favour the use of low-impact transport: tram, bus, cycle paths that criss-cross the city. Another measure in this regard is the introduction of electric vehicles (citélib’ and i-Road), which are accessible for car sharing.


With its rich economic, academic and industrial environment, Grenoble is becoming a must-see MICE destination. In addition to its accessibility, the city’s infrastructures and equipment have grown considerably to accommodate events of all sizes.

  • By train: Lyon in 1h30 Geneva in 2h, Paris in 3 hours,
  • By plane: Grenoble Airport (30min), Lyon Airport (1h) and Genova Airport (1h30)
  • Regular shuttles between the airports and Grenoble railway station,
  • A low-impact transport network (5 tram lines, 300 km of cycle paths through the Grenoble urban area).
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