|surface||35.75 km 2|
|Residents||3,278 (January 1, 2017)|
|Population density||92 inhabitants / km 2|
Center of Le Bourg-d'Oisans
The capital of the Oisans region lies in the Romanche valley in the middle of the Dauphiné Alps , on the main road from Grenoble to Briançon . In the north is the Col de la Croix de Fer in the Grandes Rousses massif , in the southeast the Écrins National Park with Lake Lauvitel in the Mont-Pelvoux mountains.
In 1191, after a landslide in the Romanche valley, a natural reservoir, the Lac de Saint-Laurent, was created . In 1219 the earth dam broke and caused a great tidal wave in the valley, which caused severe damage in the city of Grenoble .
Today's Le Bourg d'Oisans is located in the former lake basin.
The place became internationally known through the Tour de France . After passing the village and the bridge over the Romanche, the 13.8 kilometer ascent to L'Alpe d'Huez begins. The day after reaching the mountain there, Le Bourg-d'Oisans is usually the starting point for the next stage. Between 1950 and 2006 a stage of the tour started 19 times from here.
Le Bourg-d'Oisans is the birthplace of ski racer Fabienne Serrat (* 1956).