There is an unbelievable number of things to see and do in France. Those who just visit Paris and Bordeaux miss out on much of the best that France has to offer. An indication of how much France has is that it has more UNESCO sites than any other country in the world.

While exploring the part of France, see the strange cliff-hanging houses of Pont-en-Royans and the unique water-tasting museum there. There is never any shortage of things to see and do while in France. Also in the south-east of France is the breathtaking French town of Annecy. Annecy is known as the Venice of the Alps for its canals and unbridled beauty.


Why Fort du Saint-Eynard Is One Of The Most Underrated

One of the more impressive but overlooked destinations in France is Saint Eynard fort. It is an ancient fort built on a very impressive cliff overlooking Grenoble in France. It is not for those with vertigo or those with a nervous fear of heights.

The fort is set out in the untamed wilds of nature and the closest town is Le Sappey-en-Chartreuse to the southwest. The fort is high in elevation. It is set some 1,340 meters above sea level.

  • Altitude: 1,340 Meters (4,400 Feet) Above Sea Level
  • Location: Perched On The Top Of Mont Saint-Eynard
  • Google Search: Results Are Mostly In French As it Is not Famous Internationally

That it is an undiscovered gem can be quickly seen in a Google search. Pictures of it are dramatic beyond description and there are restaurants on the fort, but almost all information online is in French.

Fort Du Saint Eynard is just one example of the many attractions dotting all around France that most tourists miss out on. It is a jewel of France for adventurers seeking out the best of French history while combining French nature and culture at the same time.

According to, it also hosts every year many temporary exhibitions of French or international artists such as Florence Jouve, Reidunn Rugland, and Jean-Luc Brosson.

While there, see the other impressive French forts of the region. One of which is La Bastille Fort which towers over Greater Grenoble. This fort is only accessible by foot or by cable car from the center of the town. It was built between 1823 and 1848 to defend Dauphiné from an attack by the Duchy of Savoy. Today it is a cultural center with exhibitions of contemporary art and the Museum of the Mountain Troops.

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Its History and Role As a Fort

It is located on a ridge and is one of seven forts making up the fortified belt of Grenoble. It is a breathtaking pairing of a militaristic fort with dramatic natural surroundings. From there one can gaze out over a spectacular 360 ° view of the Belledonne massif, the Grésivaudan valley, and the city of Grenoble.

  • Fortified Belt: One Of Seven Forts Making Up The Fortified Belt Of Grenoble
  • Built: Between 1875 and 1879

While many of France's castles and forts are very old, the Fort Du Saint Eynard dates from the second half of the 1870s. It was built between 1875 and 1879 by Richard de Régnauld de Lannoy de Bissy to defend France's Grenoble region. It was restored in the 1990s and is today open to the general public.

The fort is massive and covers over 274,410 square meters. It is divided into four different buildings and two courtyards. Few former garrison soldiers could ever have enjoyed the breathtaking views from the isolated mountain that its former French soldiers had. When it was operational, it was home to more than 477 men and 25 pieces of cannon.

  • Garrison Size: Over 477 Men and 25 pieces of Cannon

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Visiting The Dramatic Fort Du Saint Eynard

If one is planning to go, then avoid the winter season - mostly because it closes for the winter season. Its opening season is from the start of May through to the end of October. The opening hours vary seasonally and should be checked in advance.

  • Closed: For The Winter Season
  • Open: To The General Public From The Start of May to the End of October
  • Pet: Not Permitted
  • Entry Fee: Entry is Free For Everyone
  • Access: From D512 Turn Onto A Forest Road For 3km at Sappey

Fortunately, the site is accessible to people with reduced mobility and the nearest parking is around 100 meters (yards) away. Entry is also free and is a perfect spot to stop and relax for individuals, couples, and families alike.

Alternatively, the more adventurous can hike their way up the mountain to the fort and enjoy a well-earned picnic on the top.

The French Alps are a region of unfettered natural beauty. A visit to this part of Europe will show why so many people fall in love with Europe.

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