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How to make a day trip to Vizille from Grenoble

When I used to live in Grenoble, taking a day trip to the cute town of Vizille France and its castle was one of my favorite things to do on a nice day.

This is definitely one of the best day trips from Grenoble, another would be planning a trip to Lyon, or Annecy.

Between September 2011 and May 2012 I lived in Grenoble and worked as a language assistant across three separate primary schools around the city. When it wasn’t snowy up in the mountains I took myself on some day trips from Grenoble.

These Vizille weekend trips from Grenoble were some of my favourites. When the sun was shining, the flowers were just starting to bloom and I enjoyed several lovely trips to Vizille.

If you’re in Grenoble and fancy seeing what the surrounding area has to offer then I highly recommend checking out Vizille and the Chateau de Vizille. Carry on reading for my guide to things to do in Vizille, France.

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Best things to do in Vizille

The Chateau de Vizille

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The Chateau de Vizille was built at the beginning of the 17th Century. It used to be the formal home of the Dukes of Lesdiguières and the presidents of the 3rd and 4th French Republics.

Nowadays it’s considered to be one of the most prestigious and important castles of the Dauphiné Region and is home to the Musée de la Révolution française (see below).

In the 19th Century, it was fired at and needed restoration work to get it to where it is today.

  • It’s free to enter the castle gardens and the museum.
  • Opening hours for the gardens are:
    • January & February: 10am – 5pm (closed Tuesdays)
    • March-May: 9am – 7pm (closed Tuesday & 1st May)
    • June-August: 9am – 8pm
    • September-October: 9am – 7pm (closed Tuesdays)
    • November & December: 10am – 5pm (closed Tuesdays)

Museum of the French Revolution

Inside the castle, you’ll find the museum of the French Revolution and work of arts and historical artefacts from this period.

Whilst at university I studied the French Revolution quite a bit and so for me this was one of the reasons for visiting the Chateau and making a day trip from Grenoble. Even if you don’t have a particularly big interest in the French Revolution, it’s still worth entering the museum for a wander.

  • Entrance to the museum is free
  • Opening hours are:
    • 10am-12.30pm and 1pm-6pm (April to October, closed 1st May)
    • 10am-12.30pm and 1.30pm-5pm (November to March, closed on public holidays and from 21st December to 1st January)

Picnic in the gardens

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This was one of my favourite things to do during my day trip to Vizille. I bought some lunch from a boulangerie in the city and then headed back into the gardens to enjoy it alongside the river with a good book!

The animal park within the gardens

In the gardens of the Vizille castle is an animal park. The park is home to stags, deer and roes who roam pretty freely throughout the 100 hectares of protected landscape.

Stroll the gardens

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It’d almost be a crime to visit Vizille and not properly wander around the gardens.

One of my favourite French words is “flâneur” (to stroll), and the 320 acres of gardens here are the perfect space in which to become a flâneur. I used to do this a lot when living in France and it was one of my fave things to do in Grenoble too.

These gardens are truly beautiful complete with lakes, animals and plenty of grass to make for the perfect picnic.

There’s also a huge ornamental lake and some gorgeous rose gardens.

See the “straw castle” district in Vizille

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not thatched but still cute!

This cutely named district of Vizille gets its name from the houses here. These houses have thatched roofs and look very pretty!

Where to eat in Vizille

Here are a few of the best places to eat in Vizille during your day trip.

  • Au P’tit Plaisir: Traditional French food at good prices
  • Le P’tit Matheysin: Another great authentic French place in Vizille
  • Le Moulin Alpin: Great little boulangerie for sweet treats & lunch

Where to stay nearby

I’d recommend staying in Grenoble as it’s a bigger city in which to base yourself while visiting this area of France. I always use or Airbnb to book my accommodation. When my parents visited they stayed at both of the following places which were great due to central location and quality.

About Vizille

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The department of Isère, France Vizille is a rather small city in Isère, France in the Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes region. The city is bordered by the Romanche River on the west, a tributary of the mighty Drac river, and the Belledonne mountains. 

During WWII Vizille was considered a hotbed of resistance and its history and beautiful castle now make it a must-see tourist stop from Grenoble.

It’s a small place of around 8,000 inhabitants but it’s the perfect size for a day trip from Grenoble or Lyon.

Where is Vizille located?

Vizille is just 18 km south of Grenoble in southeastern France near the French Alps and the French borders with Switzerland and Italy.

How to get to Vizille from Grenoble

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Getting to Vizille from Grenoble is easy and there are several different forms of transport you can take for your day trip to Vizille from Grenoble or from Lyon.

Omio is a great platform for booking European and UK travel on. You can check train and bus prices and schedules and book super easily!

Getting to Vizille from Grenoble

One of the best things about Grenoble day trips like this is that you can get there super easily using public transport.

Grenoble to Vizille bus

The easiest way to get to Vizille is to take public transport on the Grenoble Vizille bus. This way you don’t have to worry about finding parking (or paying for it!).

It’s a short and picturesque 35-minute journey from the Grenoble bus station straight to the (small) town center in Vizille.

You’ll want the EXP3 Grenoble-Vizille and the hours for that route are here.

By bike to Vizille

You could also hire a bike or ride your own and cycle between Grenoble and Vizille. Unlike the rest of the area surrounding Grenoble (the French Alps), the cycle to Vizille isn’t too hilly. There’s some stunning Alpine scenery to distract you from any tiredness and Vizille the gardens of the Chateau are the perfect place for a picnic to refuel!

By car

Or, if you’ve hired a car, simply follow signs heading South of Grenoble to Vizille and you’ll arrive in about 30 minutes.

I use comparison sites like DiscoverCars and RentalCars to book my car rentals as it’s easy to check prices and compare the best deals!

From Lyon to Vizille

If you’re coming from Lyon rather than Grenoble then the easiest way to get to Vizille is to take a train.

There are regular trains between Lyon and Grenoble and then from there just follow one of the routes outlined above.

Omio is a great platform for booking European and UK travel on. You can check train and bus prices and schedules and book super easily!

Getting the bus to Vizille will be super easy since the bus station in Grenoble is also where the Grenoble train station is.

Last Updated on November 5, 2023 by Hannah

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  1. Kerri says:

    Looks like a really lovely place!

  2. Elena@Elena's Travelgram says:

    Vizille looks so charming and I love that chateaux! Small French towns and villages have this special allure you can’t resist, right? 🙂

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