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The city of Grenoble was awarded the status of Metropolitan Area on 1 January 2015. A cosmopolitan city both in terms of the companies based there and its population, Grenoble was voted the second favourite city for executives after Paris thanks to its pleasant living environment and its economic appeal.
An outstanding environment
In the heart of the three Alpine massifs of Vercors, Chartreuse and Belledonne, near the Ecrins and Oisans range, Grenoble deserves its designation as capital of the Alps.
More than 25 ski resorts are less than 45 minutes away by car. In the summer, these same mountain resorts are bases for hiking, walking, climbing.
But the quality of life in Grenoble is not bound to its mountain environment.
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, enabling anyone to integrate easily and be accepted into the community with open arms. Grenoble was elected the best French metropolitan area to study.
Named the 5th most innovative city in the world by the US magazine Forbes, designated as the second French research hub and newly labelled French Tech, 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, biotechnologies and life sciences, new energy and digital technologies. This capacity for innovation and economic success is based on a unique model for cooperation which combines the skills of industrialists, researchers, academics and communities.
Five internationally-renowned organisations (CEA, CNRS, INSERM, ESRF and Institut Laue-Langevin) attract nearly 15,000 scientists from 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.
Art and culture
Grenoble was originally known as Cularo, a town built in antiquity which was then developed in mediaeval times by Emperor Gratian, who gave his name to the city. Today, it still has some traces of these eras; fortified walls, a baptismal crypt and a few public buildings are the only remains.
The Renaissance left a more visible footprint across many buildings, in particular the site of the Bastille, the emblem of the city with its cable car across the Isère.
Grenoble also has numerous museums, in particular the Museum of Grenoble, which has one of the most important collections of contemporary art in France.
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.