Grenoble, in the south-east of France, is nestled between the three mountain ranges of the Alps, giving it the title of ‘the capital of the Alps’. This city of approximately 157,000 inhabitants has a student population of almost 50,000.
The climate of Grenoble is largely influenced by the surrounding mountain ranges. Winters are very cold, with the average temperature at 2°C and a good amount of snowfall. Summers are warm with the average temperature 20°C. But, it is also still, as the surrounding mountain ranges stop the wind.
Grenoble was a well-fortified city in its early days. The city is believed to have taken the first step of the French revolution by a local revolt, known as the ‘Day of the Tiles’. Today, pollution is the city’s biggest enemy with many chemical and paper industries and nuclear testing centres.
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