Vienne, Isère


Vienne is a commune in southeastern France, located 35 kilometres (22 mi) south of Lyon, at the confluence of the Gère river and the Rhône. Today, it is only the fourth largest city in the Isère department, of which it is a subprefecture, but was a major center of the Roman Empire.

Today the town is a regional commercial and industrial center, known regionally for its Saturday market. A Roman temple, circus pyramid, and theatre (where the annual Jazz à Vienne is held), as well as museums (archaeological, textile industry) and notable Catholic buildings, make tourism an important part of the town’s economy.

CantonVienne-1 and 2
 Mayor (2020–2026)Thierry Kovacs
Area122.65 km2 (8.75 sq mi)
Population 29,306
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)



Vienne is located in continental Europe , in the south-eastern quarter of France, in the heart of the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region, in the Rhône valley (between Lyon and Valence ), to the north-west of the former province of Dauphiné , in the north-west of the Isère department, within the Balmes Viennoises natural region and more precisely at the confluence of the Gère and the Rhône. The city is surrounded by several mountain ranges, the Massif Central to the west and the Prealps to the east and is located north of the meridian axis of the Rhône valley.

Administratively, the town is located in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region , in the department of Isère , in the district of Vienne (of which it is the capital ).  The city extends on the left bank (to the east) of the river , opposite Saint-Romain-en-Gal and Sainte-Colombe , at the confluence of the Rhône and the Gère . It is enclosed in an arc between five steep hills, remains of the epigenetic Hercynian block of the Massif Central to the west of the river.

The city also gave its name to a well-defined geographical region: the Viennese Balmes .



The city of Vienna has two stations and the urban community has three:

  • the Vienne station ,
  • the station Estressin simple stop with two docks,
  • the Chasse-sur-Rhône station .

Main destinations by rail from Vienna:

  • Péage-de-Roussillon station ( 11 min )
  • Gare de Lyon-Jean Macé ( 16 min );
  • Lyon-Perrache station ( 21 min );
  • Lyon Part-Dieu ( 20 min ): with an average of 40 round trips of TER trains per day;
  • Valence-Ville (43 min)  ;
  • Villefranche-sur-Saône (1 h 14)  ;
  • Mâcon-Ville (1 h 28)  ;
  • Avignon-Center (1 h 58)  ;
  • Marseille-Saint-Charles (3 h 19) , by direct TER Rhône-Alpes connections  ;


Vienne has an aerial platform managed by the Nord-Isère chamber of commerce and industry  :

  • The Vienne – Reventin Aerodrome located in the town of Reventin-Vaugris 8  km south-southwest of Vienne.
  • The Lyon-Saint Exupery located forty kilometers northeast of Vienna, is a platform managed by the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Lyon .
  • The international Grenoble-Isère Airport halfway between Grenoble and Vienna fifty kilometers southeast of Vienna, is a platform for connections to many European cities and can accommodate any device (up ‘at Boeing 747-400). 
View of Grenoble-Isère Airport


Once again, Vienne has a situation of river crossroads in the Rhône- Saône axis , quite important. As the crow flies , Vienna is 20.6 kilometers from its port. Indeed the port of Vienne-Sud Salaise / Sablons is the first port of Rhône-Alpes after that of Lyon , and the only port of Isère. 


As of December 31, 2010, Vienna had 2,990 establishments: 30 in agriculture-forestry-fishing, 146 in industry, 301 in construction, 1,972 in commerce-transport-miscellaneous services and 541 were related to the administrative sector.

Vienne is the seat of the Nord-Isère Chamber of Commerce and Industry . It manages the commercial river port of Vienne-Sud as well as the Vienne Reventin aerodrome . Yoplait has a dairy products processing site and a development center there.


The city of Vienne comes under the Grenoble academy . The city has 13 public nursery schools, 3 private nursery schools, 11 public primary schools and 5 private primary schools. The city also has 3 public colleges, 2 private colleges, 4 public high schools, 2 private high schools, a private hotel high school and a private and two public vocational high school.

Among the various colleges in Vienna, the Ponsard College is the oldest college still in operation. Built in the heart of the historic city, it was created as a Jesuit college in 1606. From 1914 , it bears the name of François Ponsard (1814-1867), poet playwright, member of the French Academy , born in Vienne . Among his famous teachers is the anarchist novelist Michel Zévaco , author of Pardaillan , dismissed for his ideas.


Vienna includes several public hospitals grouped together within the Lucien Hussel Hospital Center in Vienna, located at the top of Mount Salomon hill. The Hospital Center offers medical, maternity, surgical and psychiatric services. Since 2003 he is labeled “Heritage xx th  century” Isère .

Local Culture and Heritage 

Places and monuments 

  • The museums of the city of Vienne: Museum of Fine Arts and Archeology , Saint-Pierre archaeological museum , Saint-André-le-Bas cloister museum and Museum of the textile industry


  • The Temple of Augustus and Livia , listed as a Historic Monument in 1840.
  • Le Jardin de Cybèle is an archaeological garden comprising arcades of the forum, municipal assembly hall, houses and terraces.
  • The ancient theater of Vienna , dating from the i st  century AD, it is now widely open to the city, its bleachers could accommodate up to 13,000 people. Every summer, it is the site of the famous Jazz à Vienne festival .
  • The ancient Odeon.
  • The Pyramid (monumental obelisk of the Roman circus ).
  • The archaeological site of Vienne – Saint-Romain-en-Gal .

Middle Ages 

  • The Saint-Maurice cathedral is a primate whose construction started at the beginning of the xii th  century and ended in the early xvi th  century. Classified as a historical monument in 1840.
  • The Abbey of Saint-Pierre Vienna th  -  vi th  century, the current St Peter’s Archaeological Museum , founded in the vi th  century by Léonien Autun and the Duke Ansemund .
  • The castle Built on Mount Solomon ( xiii th  century )
  • The abbey of Saint-Andre-le-Bas of Vienna , the church and cloister of Saint-André-le-Bas, they were part of this ancient abbey founded in the vi th  century; The church was classified as a historical monument in 1840 and the cloister in 1954.

Cultural heritage 

  • Museum of Fine Arts and Archeology
  • Saint-André-le-Bas cloister museum
  • Saint-Pierre Archaeological Museum
  • Drapery Museum
  • Contemporary art center La Halle des bouchers
  • The Tourist Office of Vienne and the Viennese Country obtained the “Qualité Tourisme” mark in 2013.

Natural heritage 

With a significant urban concentration, the city of Vienna is decorated with many green spaces and natural amenities. “Ville fleurie” with three flowers in the competition of towns and villages in bloom. Vienna has many parks and urban gardens appreciated by Viennese, and a hinterland rich in contrasts, with in particular, the Regional Natural Park of Pilat (to the west), of which one of the municipalities of the Viennese agglomeration in fact part: Saint-Romain-en-Gal.


Vienne was named the Sportsiest City in France in 1967.

  • The CS Rugby Vienna was crowned Champion of France of rugby in 1937.
  • Two equestrian centers: Le Couzon and Les Charmilles where show jumping (show jumping competitions) take place.
  • Each year a big international basketball tournament takes place (cadet category) where big teams from Europe compete.
  • The “opening” world rugby tournament takes place in Vienna and the Viennese country every two years in the U15 and U17 categories.
  • The mountain bike squirrel takes place at the beginning of September in a different municipality in the Viennese country each year. It brings together more than 1,000 participants by bike or on foot.


Vienna City Hall
Place de l'Hotel de Ville 38209 Vienne Cedex
04 74 78 30 00