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Welcome to Toulouse

The coral-colored hue of Toulouse’s Old Quarter give the city its nickname—“La Ville Rose” (The Rose City)—but beyond the medieval facades, France’s fourth-largest city is a cultural powerhouse and leader in innovation. A major player in the European aerospace industry and a buzzing university city, Toulouse always has its finger firmly on the pulse. City sightseeing as varied as you’d expect—cruising the Garonne River, diving into bustling food markets, visiting an international Space center, and partying into the early hours are just some of the top things to do in Toulouse.

Top 15 attractions in Toulouse

St. Sernin Basilica (Basilique Saint-Sernin)

Saint-Sernin Basilica is an outstanding building in the heart of Toulouse and is notable for being the largest Romanesque building in Europe. For centuries it has welcomed pilgrims walking along the Camino de Santiago, or Way of Saint James.More


Albi is a beautiful town roughly 30 miles (50 kilometers from Toulouse whose history is linked to the Crusades against the Cathar heretics. Here you can explore an episcopal town listed as World Heritage by UNESCO and visit Albi Cathedral (Basilique Cathédrale Sainte-Cécile d’Albi, a unique, imposing church. The Palais de la Berbie displays the works of Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec.More

Carcassonne Castle (Cité de Carcassonne)

As the former seat of the Counts of Carcassonne, Carcassonne Citadel (Cité de Carcassonne) is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of France’s most visited historic landmarks. Perched on a hilltop above the River Aude, the walled citadel is crowned by the Château Comtal.More

Lastours Castles (Châteaux de Lastours)

Although now in ruins, Lastours Castles (Châteaux de Lastours played a major role in the defense of the area during the height of Catharism in the 13th century. The main castle is called Cabaret, and is surrounded by three smaller fortresses. The ruins of a Romanesque church also sit on the site.More

Toulouse Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Etienne)

Toulouse Cathedral, or Cathedrale St-Etienne as it is also known, is an interesting city cathedral with a unique design. With its mixture of architectural styles and lopsided appearance, it presents quite a change from the classic imposing grandeur of French cathedrals.More

Place du Capitole

Place du Capitole is the main square in Toulouse and home to the impressive Capitole building, a neoclassical masterpiece that serves as the city hall. The square is a huge pedestrianized open space in the heart of Toulouse flanked by sidewalk cafes.More

Les Abattoirs Museum

Les Abattoirs is Toulouse’s Museum of Contemporary Art. Housed in a former slaughterhouse, it’s a must visit for fans of contemporary art. The museum collection is made up of 4,000 works including pieces by Picasso and Dali and temporary exhibitions featuring contemporary artists such as Franz Gertsch, Dado, and Daniel Spoerri.More

Pont Neuf

The Pont Neuf is the oldest bridge in Toulouse. Spanning the river Garonne, the bridge has been part of the city fabric for over 400 years and is a lasting testament to 16th-century engineering.More


Appropriately situated just north of the Toulouse Airport and near the Airbus Factory, the aviation museum Aeroscopia features a wide variety of aviation-related exhibits. Here visitors of all ages can learn about everything from airplane design to air traffic control in a fun and interactive environment.More

Museum of Augustins (Musée des Augustins)

The Museum of Augustins, also known as Musée des Beaux-Arts de Toulouse, is one of the oldest museums in France and holds a large collection of both classic and modern art. Its Gothic interior and 14th-century cloisters form a marvelous backdrop for artworks by French masters and other well-known European artists.More

Toulouse-Lautrec Museum (Musée Toulouse-Lautrec)

Situated inside the Palais de la Berbie, the astounding Toulouse-Lautrec Museum (Musée Toulouse-Lautrec, showcases hundreds of works by artist Henri Marie Raymond de Toulouse-Lautrec-Monfa, who was born in the area. Here you'll find over 1,000 artworks credited to the Albi artist along with a temporary exhibition space and an auditorium.More

Canal du Midi

France’s longest and oldest canal, the Canal du Midi is both a feat of civil engineering and a popular sightseeing destination in the southern Occitanie region. Built by engineer Pierre-Paul Riquet in the late 17th century, the 150-mile (240-kilometer) waterway connects the Mediterranean with the Atlantic Ocean via the Garonne Canal.More

Space City (Cite de l'Espace)

The Space City (Cite de l'Espace) lets you realize your dreams of visiting space without having to undergo years of astronaut training. Here, you can explore inside a space station or space rocket; try on a space suit; and experience the sensation of walking on the moon.More

Garonne River

Flowing down from the Spanish Pyrenees all the way to France’s Atlantic coast, the Garonne is the most important river of southwestern France. Passing through two major cities—Toulouse and Bordeaux—the Garonne also runs into the Gironde estuary, the largest of its kind in Europe.More

Basilica of Our Lady of the Daurade (Notre-Dame de la Daurade)

The neoclassical facade and pediments of the Basilique Notre-Dame de la Daurade are an impressive sight on the riverfront promenade in Toulouse. There’s been a church on this site for over 1,500 years, and there’s plenty of history and intrigue to explore here.More
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