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Jardin de Ville

An oasis of peaceful greenery in the center of the city, this public garden is the site of one of Grenoble’s biggest festivals every summer. 

Located at the bottom of Bastille Hill, Jardin de Ville is a historic garden that once belonged to the 17th-century property of the Duke of Lesdiguières and now hosts a 5-day music festival. 

In addition to this major festival, the garden hosts a number of smaller events throughout the summer. Any time of year, it can be a nice place to take a break during a tour of the city. Find a seat on one of the quiet benches shaded by trees, which are found throughout its 4-acre (1.6-hectare) area. Stroll through the garden’s several different areas, populated by palm, orange, sycamore and chestnut trees, along with colorful seasonal flowers. 

As you walk around, look for the bronze statue La Fontaine du Torrent, which was created by local sculptor Urbain Basset in 1878. The fountain depicts a young man holding a jar on his shoulder as he empties out the water inside.

Check out the pretty rose garden that faces the former Hotel de Lesdiguières, a residence that was originally built for military commander François de Lesdiguières. The building later became the administrative headquarters of the Dauphiné region, serving as Grenoble’s city hall until 1967. Beginning in 1970, Hotel de Lesdiguières housed a museum and local library. 

Today, the former Hotel de Lesdiguières is home to Maison de l'International (International House). This center is aimed at strengthening Grenoble’s international image. Inside the building, find brochures about international associations and regional events. The center is more geared towards expats than tourists, but you may find some of the information about local activities useful. 

This lovely garden comes to life each July during La Cabaret Frappé, a popular annual music festival. The festival features a number of concerts held at various locations around Grenoble, including free evening shows at Jardin de Ville’s bandstand. Join more than 50,000 people each year at this lively festival which also includes games, readings and other entertainment.

Jardin de Ville is open year-round and admission is free. Reach this downtown park by taking tram lines A or B.


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