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At the heart of Grenoble...
Welcome to the Bastille, a small fortified mountain at the crossroads of three Alpine valleys. Its cable car was the first in the world to be located in a city, before Cape town, Rio de Janeiro.
An unexpected visit...
In just a few minutes, day and night, the famous "bubbles" lift you into the air above the historic center and up to the Bastille. The site is accessible for everyone, with facilities to welcome strollers and physically challenged visitors.
A rare panoramic view...
Of the Alps, all the way to the massive Mont Blanc; of the city at sunset, as the lights come one.
Explorations and emotions...
In discovering the history of the places, the builders, the panoramas, and the techniques. Many artistic or athletic surprises await.
La Bastille and its cable car
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Registered on the supplementary inventory of Historical Monuments, the impressive military construction that we can see today was built in 1823 and 1848. The fortification system, remarkably well preserved, was designed to stave off an attack on the Dauphiné by the Savoy Dukedom from the direction of the Chartreuse mountains, where the border between France and Piedmont once lay.
On the city side, the ramparts, stairways, and casemate of the Bastille sprawl over 300 meters of vertical drop.
The remnants of the fortress builders
Other memorial sites
The Dauphinois museum has been presenting its Baroque chapel and its collections here since 1967. Fans of ancient times and the early middle ages must cross the threshold of the Saint Laurent church (4th century) to visit the Saint Oyand crypt, going down into a funerary site unique in Europe.
In a more contemporary style from modern times, the Alpine Troops Memorial stands proud atop the Mont Jalla at 635 meters.
Thanks to the will of Paul Michoud, vice-president of the Chamber of the Tourist Industry, mayor of Grenoble Paul Mistral and his successor Leon Martin, a cable car for tourists was built on the slopes of the mountain in 1934, with its departure point on the left bank of the Isère river.
It would be the first urban cable car in the world.
Ever since, the Bastille has been a favorite outing for Grenoblois and tourists alike.
More than 13 million passengers have been transported since its opening in 1934.
With an average of 250,000 passengers per year and more than 4000 annual opening hours (the average for this type of installation in France is 1200 hours), the Bastille cable car boasts an exceptional performance!
Thanks to the renovation of the Bastille, to the dynamism of the Bastille Cable Car Authority team, and to the site's partners, the 1957 record for the most passengers-243,266-has already been beat.
In 2009, 288,649 passengers took to the Bastille on the famous "bubbles" of Grenoble!
The operation of this Public Establishment of Industrial Character (EPIC in French) and efforts to strive for improved quality service were crowned with an NF EN ISO 9001 : 2000 certificate in March 2003.
This video has been realized with the aim of allowing a maximum of people to access the information concerning Grenoble's Bastille and its cable car, and particularly the deaf persons practising the French Sign Language (LSF).
Olivier employed by the city of Grenoble, at the Museum of Grenoble, gives a presentation of the Bastille of Grenoble.
He explains how to access the fort and shows the main activities of this site, so that people can discover or rediscover the surroundings. The various ways to access this site are also explained.
Olivier can offer at the request of the visits (only on reservation and for established groups) in LSF but also in American Sign Language (ASL).
The site of the Bastille hosts many events throughout the year.
Find the full agenda here.
Tour de France 2011
Super Yellow was on of the Bastille of Grenoble to meet the founder of the Bastille: the Duke of Lesdiguieres.
Lights on the Bastille (6-8 May 2011)
"Lights on Bastille" Festival offers an original concept and unique blend of electronic music concerts of high quality, working with associations specialized in digital arts, and entertainment for children.
All the artists scheduled for the festival have in common electronic music, but all also have their particular musical style.
From Electro-Jazz to Electro-Rock through the Grime or Drum and Bass, our ambition is to show the public the wealth of electronic music in all their diversity, by encouraging groups working on merging styles.