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Grenoble Bastille

Listed under Forts and Fortifications in Grenoble, France.

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More than a prison or fort – this is like a small fortified hill, with fortifications being built up and added to over time, starting from the Middle Ages. As well as the visible fortifications there's an underground defence system running though the hill. Obviously you can't really see that but you do get an amazing view of the three mountain ranges that surround the city.

The cable car taking visitors up into the Bastille was the world's first, opening in September 1934. These days the modern, locally named bubble cars, not the '34 originals, take you up the hill to the Bastille. It's that or walking, which is uphill and on slightly messy paths, but not obviously strenuous. The other bonus of walking one way is that you might see some of the defence tunnel openings. The cable car leaves from the Jardins de Ville.

Written by  Sarah Knighton.

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