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Coat of arms of Villard-de-Lans
Villard-de-Lans (France)
region Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes
Department Isère
Arrondissement Grenoble
Canton Fontaine-Vercors
Community association Massif du Vercors
Coordinates 45 ° 4 '  N , 5 ° 33'  E Coordinates: 45 ° 4 '  N , 5 ° 33'  E
height 720-2,286 m
surface 67.20 km 2
Residents 4,210 (January 1, 2017)
Population density 63 inhabitants / km 2
Post Code 38250
INSEE code

Villard-de-Lans is a French municipality with 4210 inhabitants (at January 1, 2017) in the department of Isère in the region Auvergne Rhône-Alpes . The town in the canton of Fontaine-Vercors is located around 19 kilometers southwest of Grenoble (as the crow flies) on a plateau in the Vercors Mountains, flanked by the Roc Cornafion ( 2049  m ) mountains in the east and Grande Moucherolle ( 2284  m ) in the south. The municipality is located in the Vercors Regional Nature Park .


Villard-de-Lans is known as a tourist destination . The place borders on the Vercors Natural Park . For this reason, the municipality pays attention to sustainable , gently mobile tourism and is a member of the Alpine-wide cooperation Alpine Pearls . The ski area, which can also be reached from the neighboring municipality of Corrençon-en-Vercors and reaches an altitude of 2050 meters, has 125 km of ski slopes . The network of cross-country trails is 130 km long. During the summer season, a golf course , two equestrian centers and numerous marked hiking trails and mountain bike trails are available. A little above the village is the Le Balcon de Villard-Côte 2000 holiday complex .

In the years after 1938, the French state railway SNCF advertised the “children's paradise” Villard-de-Lans with a poster by Roger Broders with children doing morning gymnastics against the backdrop of the snow-covered mountains.

During the 1968 Winter Olympics, the luge competitions were held in Villard-de-Lans . After the temporary closure in 1994, the toboggan run was rebuilt; it now has a synthetic surface that enables year-round operation.


The nearest train station is in Grenoble, around 35 km away. From 1920 to 1938 Villard-de-Lans was connected to Grenoble by an electric tram . Today urban and overland traffic is operated by buses .

In 2006 the local council decided to build a 6 km long rack railway that would connect the village with the holiday complex. For this purpose, the vehicles of the disused cogwheel railway Lausanne – Ouchy should be taken over. However, this decision was canceled in 2008 because of the high costs.


Web links

Commons : Villard-de-Lans  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung from January 17, 2010, page 49: Weißröckchen