Destination guide

Grenoble is perfectly located and ready for anything

Can you be jealous of a city? The thing about Grenoble is that this city backed by marvelous mountains has it all. Nicknamed the Capital of the Alps, it's a haven for winter sports enthusiasts of all stripes. When the weather turns warm, it offers verdant natural parklands perfect for hikers, climbers, and cave explorers. And yet, you could just as easily come to Grenoble for the fine restaurants, the art museums, and the scenic rides up its signature cable car. Book a Grenoble vacation rental and try a bit of everything.

Things to do

Do sky-high cable cars make you nervous? Never fear

Museums, museums, and more museums—for a city with such beautiful scenery, Grenoble has an impressive variety of options for indoor types. The Art Museum (or Musee de Grenoble) is set in a chic, modern structure and features works by Picasso and Matisse. The Natural History Museum has exhibits on local minerals and Alpine wildlife, plus an aquarium sure to please little ones. The Musee Dauphinois is housed in a former convent and invites visitors to explore the lives of the historic Dauphine province's former inhabitants. Outside the museum are picturesque gardens with views of the city.

Activities

Float above your troubles in Grenoble's cable car

In winter, Grenoble is a sporting capital, so grab your down jacket and hit the slopes. Local businesses offer half-day and full-day snowshoeing excursions for anyone who wants to enjoy the gorgeous landscape without having to balance on 2 skinny sticks. Hiking and rock climbing are popular in spring and summer, as are guided walking tours around the city, and it'll be hard to stay in your Grenoble vacation rental long without longing for a ride on the city's famous cable car. It's a fun trip up 800 feet to a 19th-century fortress.

Weather

Mild weather all year round allows visitors to be picky

Winter and spring are the seasons when travelers are most likely to find Grenoble irresistible. Winter highs range from the 40s to 50s, snow is frequent but blizzards are rare, and the nearby ski slopes are fabulous. In spring, temps head into the 70s, and the town and surrounding mountains are beautiful and lush. Summer highs creep into the 80s and there are fewer visitors in town, so you might find a Grenoble vacation rental at a bargain price. Fall weather is similar to spring, except you're slightly more likely to need your umbrella.

Natural features

If 1 breathtaking nature park isn't enough, try 2

The 2 parks surrounding Grenoble ensure that you can switch from high culture to unspoiled nature in minutes. The Vercors Regional Natural Park is atop a limestone plateau just south of the city. It's dotted with caves and is a much-loved spelunking destination. During WWII the French Resistance hid out in its shadowing recesses, and the area is now home to hundreds of monuments to the Resistance. The Regional Natural Park of Chartreuse is north of the city and offers rocks to climb, grasslands to run through, and forests that are home to over 75 bird species.

How to get there

How to get to and around Grenoble

Fly into Grenoble (GNB-Grenoble - Isere), the closest airport, located 22.6 mi (36.3 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that works for your travel itinerary, you might consider flying into Chambery (CMF-Chambery - Savoie), which is 31.6 mi (50.9 km) away.

If you'd prefer to travel by train, the main station serving the city is Grenoble Station. You can get around Grenoble by jumping on the metro at Sainte-Claire Les Halles Tram Stop, Notre-Dame Musee Tram Stop or Hubert Dubedout-Maison du Tourisme Tram Stop.

Can I find a vacation rental around Grenoble?

Yes, our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 492 vacation rentals near Grenoble. From 76 Houses to 40 Chalets, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Grenoble for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Grenoble?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Grenoble:

  • Secteur 2: 89 vacation rentals
  • Quartier des Eaux-Claires: 47 vacation rentals
  • Quartier Hyper-Centre: 89 vacation rentals
  • Quartier de l'Ile Verte: 28 vacation rentals
  • Secteur 1: 81 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Grenoble?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Grenoble. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Alps Stadium: 2,116 vacation rentals
  • Dauphinois Museum: 2,141 vacation rentals
  • Fort de la Bastille: 2,146 vacation rentals
  • La Caserne de Bonne: 2,084 vacation rentals
  • Minatec: 1,940 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Grenoble listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Grenoble?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 76 Houses in Grenoble. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Grenoble include:

  • Chalets: 40 rentals available
  • Condos/Apartments: 306 rentals available
  • Cottages: 22 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Villas and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Grenoble?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 85 vacation rentals with pool available in Grenoble. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.