||Developments & achievements
Overview of the Bastille project begun in 2004: download.
With 600,000 visitors per year, the Bastille is one of the Isère department’s most popular tourist sites.
La Bastille is one of Isère’s
must-see tourist attraction, attracting nearly 600,000
visitors a year, among which half of them ride the famous
This high activity requires a continual care. although
many -unsuccessfull- projects were put forward over the
last 40 years, the Bastille site was neglected for too
many years and was soon in peril.
In 2003, the téléphérique management,
along with the town of Grenoble, presented a renovation
evaluation project, based on one main idea: accessibility.
The aim was then to open the fortress, by essence untouchable,
Up to the summer 2005, only 3% of the site was reachable
to visitors with limited mobility. A general overhaul and
the physical accessibility were the main points leading
to that evaluation. two phases of constructions have been
held since then:
Inaugurated on september 9th 2005, the first phase consisted
in installing a lift as well as two fitted footbridges
at the gateway of the top cable-car station. The station
was entirely redevelopped and redesigned in a contemporary
and futurist architecture, combining both current materials,
such as the“Cor-ten steel”, and old stones.
Accessibility renovations at the top of the hill were completed
in april 2006. With the setting-up of a second aerial lift
going through the restaurant, people with limited mobility
can now reach up to 40% of the site and inside the stronghold.
A direct link-up with the jardin de ville, the historical
centre of Grenoble and the cable-car platform has been put in place.
The lower station was updated in 2009, when an elevator was installed to allow stroller and wheelchair access.
and business tourism:
In order to develop amenity and business tourism, the
restaurant du téléphérique has
been completely renovated in an aerial and transparent
architecture. The new wood-covered and 300m² terrace – the
biggest terrace in Grenoble – gives an extraordinary
dimension to the panoramas.
With its renovated dining room and the opening of three
glassed-in seminar rooms overlooking the town, facing
the Belledone chain, this former garrison house now
holds exceptional seminars, offering unique working
This complex can now be considered as an outstanding
tool for public relations to the companies and institutions
of Grenoble and its surroundings.
In order to provide good quality service and warm welcome,
as well as to make sure that everyone may have a drink
or a bite without overspending, a
sandwich-bar was opened
in the former guardroom. The new public restrooms, located
under the restaurant, are now more spacious and adapted
to disabled people. “La Métro”(urban
community of Grenoble and 25 surrounding towns) installed
a network of liquid waste collection and connected it
to the decontamination network of the town. Meanwhile,
the local water authority is modernizing its drinking
water conveyance network and the town is actively involved
in the construction of a fire protection system of the
Cultural events and activities for the whole family
Year round, the Bastille offers a program packed with a wide variety of cultural events. At the site, the CAB (centre d’art bastille) takes a new educational approach to contemporary art. At the heart of the keep, the works on display since June 2006 have attracted more than 60,000 visitors.
The Mountain Troops Museum offers an educational and enriching visit where the whole family can learn more about the history and role of these soldiers. The creation and construction of the museum was partially funded by the Ministry of Defense.
Get to know the site a bit better
The Bastille has put in place various tools to allow visitors to discover the scientific and technical aspects of the site. These include new lookout tables explaining the geological, urban, historic, industrial, and Olympic landscapes, educational trails, and a center presenting jobs relating to the cable cars. Today, a wide-scale project is being undertaken to open the parts of the fort that are today either fully or partially closed to the public. The aim is to better highlight the history and architecture of the fort by opening these areas to the public. Studies are currently being carried out with various athletic and activity associations to find the best ways to create fun, outdoor activities that will allow visitors to try something new at the Bastille.