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Small town of Vercors, Saint-Nizier-du-Moucherotte takes place in Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, in the department of Isère. Located on average mountain, it is part of the Regional Natural Park of Vercors, in the French Pre-Alps, less than ten kilometers from Grenoble.

Occupied in Prehistory, the territory of Saint-Nizier-du-Moucherotte was mainly developed in the eleventh century with the creation of a modest parish. Originally divided into three distinct parts, the commune was amputated, at the beginning of the XXth century of a territory then became Seyssinet-Parizet. The city was once the center of the Grenoble jet-set between the 1950s and 1970s, due to its very modern facilities. At that time, the city was an important ski resort, hosting part of the infrastructure of the Grenoble Olympic Games in 1968.

Today still very touristy, Saint-Nizier-du-Moucherotte reveals to its visitors of passage exceptional landscapes, as well as some cultural sites to discover the time of a walk in the surroundings.

Geographical information

Tourism label
Latitude45.1696860 (N 45° 10’ 11”)
Longitude5.6292630 (E 5° 37’ 45”)
AltitudeFrom 863m to 1897m
Surface area11.26 km²
Population1129 inhabitants
Density100 inhabitants/km²
PrefectureGrenoble (19.4 km, 28 min)
Insee code38433
IntercommunalityCC du Massif du Vercors
TerritoryAlps, Dauphiné

Nearest cities & towns

Lans-en-Vercors9 km (12 min)
Seyssins14 km (23 min)
Claix15.6 km (26 min)
Seyssinet-Pariset16.1 km (24 min)
Engins17.1 km (24 min)
Le Pont-de-Claix18 km (26 min)
Grenoble18.8 km (32 min)
Échirolles18.9 km (29 min)
Sassenage19.2 km (28 min)
Saint-Martin-le-Vinoux20 km (37 min)
Autrans-Méaudre-en-Vercors21 km (27 min)
Fontaine21 km (30 min)
Bresson21 km (28 min)
Eybens21 km (27 min)
La Tronche21 km (38 min)

Things to see and do

In the Romanesque style, the church of Saint-Nizier dates from the 11th century and was rebuilt during the 12th century. Although it was seriously damaged during the revolutionary period, it still retains its bell-tower, as well as its flat-bed choir. Inside, the decor dates back to the 1960s, and you can admire a path of the cross in vineyards and sycamore maple branches. The building was largely rebuilt in the mid-19th century.

Historic national site, the memorial of Saint-Nizier was built in memory of the victims of the Second World War. It takes place on the site of the fighting that took place in June 1944 and welcomes the remains of civilian resistance fighters and soldiers. It is possible to discover a national necropolis where 98 resistants are based, like the writer Paul Prévost.

Labeled Heritage of the 20th century, the springboard of the 1968 Olympic Games lies below the Trois Pucelles. Measuring 90 meters, he served for the combined ski events.

Walking through the town, you will discover the remains of the fortified house of the Tour de Gravelle, a building dating back to medieval times.

Three hiking trails cross the Saint-Nizier-du-Moucherotte, the GR9, the GR91, and the country hiking trail, the Tour des Quatre Montagnes.

Places of interest

Information points

Events and festivities

The weekly market is held every Sunday at the end of the afternoon. At the end of the year, the municipality offers a Christmas market with many activities.

The festival of the village and the music is held in June. On the program, a creative traveler market, a lively meal, a sale of books, or an orientation course.


Monday 25 september
Min. 8°C - Max. 19°C
Tuesday 26 september
Min. 11°C - Max. 17°C
Wednesday 27 september
Min. 10°C - Max. 20°C

Visits, leisure and activities nearby

Leisure activities

Last nameActivity typeRateCity
Tandem paraglider flight with an instructor
Sports sensations75 € to 140 € Lans-en-Vercors (4.4 km)
Canyoning in Vercors or Chartreuse
Sports sensations45 € to 55 € Grenoble (7.6 km)
Caving or canyoning in Vercors
Sports sensations45 € Saint-Martin-en-Vercors (22 km)
Visit to the Museum of the Grande Chartreuse
Culture and education8 € Saint-Pierre-de-Chartreuse (24 km)
Maiden paraglider flight in the Isère Alps
Sports sensations75 € to 170 € Saint-Hilaire (25 km)


Last nameOuting typeDifficultyDurationDeparture municipality
Molière Plateau
HikeIntermediate4h00Lans-en-Vercors (2.2 km)
Vizille panoramic viewpoint
HikeIntermediate2h00Vizille (15.3 km)
Balade panoramique au col du Liorin
Snowshoe hikeIntermediate2h25Corrençon-en-Vercors (17.3 km)
Heritage Visit
Village visitEasy1h00Corrençon-en-Vercors (18 km)
Robert Lakes
HikeIntermediate1h30Chamrousse (20 km)


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