The Bastille is an old fort in Grenoble surrounded by kilometers upon kilometers of hiking trails in all directions. We left our residence at 7:00 PM, arrived at the base at 7:30 thanks to the killer tram system, and enjoyed the most magnificent views the whole climb up for an hour and a half. The path we took was from the left hand side of the hill, and the climb consisted of LOTS of stairs but they were part of an old fort, so the historical significance of the place made our legs hurt a little less. You can easily reach the many openings by going through centre ville until you get to the canal/river, "l'Isere." The green space in this city is impressive, and it was neat to feel like we were sorta-kinda in the forest while still admiring the vast expanse of Grenoble in the valley below us.
Just so you know, it is possible to take a gondola up to the fort, but I'd suggest doing the hike because you can see so much more this way. Actually, a nice little lady told me the hike was worth it when I was on the train ride the first day I got to France. She was right. (Thanks Debra.) I'd love to explore the many more trails that expand from this one into the mountains. Here is the website for more info: http://www.bastille-grenoble.fr/english/sentier_uk.htm
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