The Fort Barraux

in Barraux

With its privileged position over the whole Grésivaudan valley, Fort Barraux is one of the oldest and most prestigious defensive battle areas in the valley. It is easy to get there from Allevard-Les-Bains to walk around its 5 km of ramparts and admire their height.

Historical heritage of the Grésivaudan valley

A fortification of the 16th century and erected by Ecole Negro at the request of the first Duke of Savoy, Charles Emmanuel, Fort Barraux in the vicinity of Allevard-les-Bains owes its present shape to Vauban. Over the course of time it had undergone numerous modifications. As a true watchman of the Grésivaudan, it has taken on various missions as a deterrent against possible attacks and then as a military and civilian prison. During the 17th century, Fort Barraux in its original form was given a barracks and a chapel built on the site of the former renaissance chapel.

Guided tours

If you are staying in the spa resort of Allevard-les-bains for the thermal baths or simply for leisure, take advantage of the guided tours. In May, June and September you can take part in a guided tour on Sundays and public holidays. Departure is mid-afternoon for a total duration of between 1h30 and 2 hours. Visits are daily in July and August.

With its 5 km long ramparts, sometimes with heights of up to 25 m, children will be delighted to admire the 4 drawbridges of Fort Barraux and take a little trip back in time. The access is easily made at Pontcharra either from the motorway or from the national road that you will have joined by going down from Allevard-les-Bains.


A seulement une vingtaine de minutes d’Allevard-les-Bains, partez à la découverte de ce patrimoine historique incontournable de la Vallée du Grésivaudan.