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ToulouseFrance

Walk amid the blush-colored terracotta façades in la Ville Rose (the Pink City) and find busy marketplaces, live music venues and the mighty Canal du Midi.

Toulouse is a dynamic metropolis in southwestern France and capital of the Haute-Garonne department. Throughout Toulouse’s Old Town, majestic heritage terracotta buildings give the city its dusky-pink hue and charming nickname. Wander along rambling alleys and broad boulevards, admiring glowing façades. Enter the wider cityscape, where students, scientists and engineers endeavor to uphold the city’s reputation for technological innovation.

Explore Toulouse’s distinctive Vieux Quartier enclosed by the banks of the Garonne River and the Canal du Midi to admire the city’s heritage shopfronts, churches and historic Occitan flair. Investigate the Saint Sernin Basilica to appreciate its ornate architecture and understand its significance as a stop on the Arles pilgrimage trail. Toulouse Cathedral and the Jacobins Convent are also remarkable religious structures. Tour the Capitole de Toulouse complex to visit the historic opera house, the magnificent Hôtel de Ville and a 16th-century keep. View these buildings from the spacious Place du Capitole.

Toulouse features one of France’s largest and oldest universities and many important headquarters in the European aerospace industry. Learn about Toulouse’s achievements in aeronautical innovation when you explore the Cité de l’espace (City of Space) theme park or the Aeroscopia aviation museum. The ultra-modern Médiathèque José Cabanis houses the city’s fascinating library.

Enjoy fresh air in the sprawling Jardin des Plantes where there are themed gardens and a restaurant. Stroll along the riverbank or take a boat cruise for views of Toulouse’s cityscape, as well as Pont Neuf and Pont Saint Pierre. Journey through five centuries of European art wandering the galleries of the Hôtel d’Assézat. As evening falls, head to one of Toulouse’s atmospheric bars to get a taste of the local music scene.

Access Toulouse easily via its local airport and intercity railway. Use Toulouse’s comprehensive public transit network or explore the city by bike. Visit rose-tinted Toulouse to experience contemporary dynamism in a picturesque setting.

Where to stay in Toulouse

Garonne which includes heritage architecture, a river or creek and night scenes

Toulouse City-Centre

4.5/5Wonderful!(130 area reviews)

Noted for its historic sites and river views, there's plenty to explore in Toulouse City-Centre. Top attractions like Place du Capitole and Basilica of Saint-Sernin are major draws, and you can hop on the metro at Capitole Station or Jeanne d'Arc Metro Station to see more of the city.

Toulouse City-Centre
Museum of Toulouse showing interior views

Toulouse South-East

4/5Very Good!(13 area reviews)

Toulouse South-East is well-liked for its parks and casinos. If you're hoping to get in some sightseeing, Casino Theater Barriere of Toulouse and Jardin des Plantes are top spots, and you can jump on the metro at Faculté de Pharmacie Metro Station or Rangueil Station to get around.

Toulouse South-East
Japanese Garden Toulouse which includes a bridge, a pond and a garden

Compans-Caffarelli

4/5Very Good!(9 area reviews)

Compans-Caffarelli is noteworthy for its shopping, and you can make a stop at top attractions like Japanese Garden Toulouse and Pierre Baudis Congress Center.

Compans-Caffarelli
Matabiau, Toulouse, France

Matabiau

Matabiau is noteworthy for its coffeehouses, and you can make a stop at top attractions like Place Wilson and Halle aux Grains Theater.

Matabiau
Saint-Cyprien, Toulouse, Haute-Garonne, France

Saint-Cyprien

Well-liked for its restaurants and museums, Saint-Cyprien is worth a visit. Check out the variety of things to see and do like Centre de l'Affiche and Les Abattoirs, and jump on the metro at Saint Cyprien-Republique Station to get around the city.

Saint-Cyprien
Airbus showing aircraft and interior views

Toulouse West

3/5(11 area reviews)

Toulouse West is a destination travelers like for its bars, and you might hop aboard the metro at Basso-Cambo Station or Mirail-Universite Station to explore sights like Garden Golf Toulouse La Ramee.

Toulouse West

Top Hotels in Toulouse

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Best Western Hotel Innes
Best Western Hotel Innes
4 out of 5
13 bis, Rue Matabiau, Toulouse, Haute-Garonne
¥9,027
per night
Apr 19 - Apr 20

Located in Toulouse City-Centre, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Rue d'Alsace-Lorraine and Place du Capitole. Toulouse Business School and Toulouse ...

4.3/5Excellent! (110 reviews)

"Pleased it had parking at the faculty for a small fee! Staff was great and we were able to communicate easily in English!"…"

Reviewed on Mar 14, 2020

Best Western Hotel Innes
Hampton by Hilton Toulouse Airport
Hampton by Hilton Toulouse Airport
92 Rue Bordebasse, Blagnac
¥8,077
per night
May 1 - May 2

Situated near the airport, this hotel is 1.2 mi (2 km) from Odyssud and 1.4 mi (2.3 km) from Airbus. Ailes Anciennes Toulouse and Aeroscopia Museum are also ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (55 reviews)

"Everything was perfect. Exactly what I would want from a hotel."…"

Reviewed on Feb 10, 2020

Hampton by Hilton Toulouse Airport
Nemea AppartHotel Résidence Concorde
Nemea AppartHotel Résidence Concorde
4 out of 5
16, Boulevard Bonrepos, Toulouse, Haute-Garonne
¥9,134
per night
Apr 17 - Apr 18

Located in Toulouse City-Centre, this residence is within 1 mi (2 km) of Rue d'Alsace-Lorraine, Place du Capitole, and Toulouse Business School. Toulouse Exhibition ...

4.4/5Excellent! (1,054 reviews)

"the Property is infront of Midi Canal # Beautiful view"…"

Reviewed on Dec 14, 2019

Nemea AppartHotel Résidence Concorde

Popular things to do in Toulouse

Cite de l'Espace
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Cite de l'Espace

4/5(15 reviews)

Watch your kids have fun learning, predict the weather and train physically for a mission into space in this hands-on museum.

Airbus
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Airbus

5/5(14 reviews)

Learn about Toulouse’s long history of aeronautics with the three guided tours of this iconic developer’s factory and main sites.

Place du Capitole
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Place du Capitole

4.5/5(72 reviews)

You can learn about the local history of Toulouse during your trip to a top site like Place du Capitole. Amble around the area's riverfront or visit its cathedral.

Capitole de Toulouse
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Capitole de Toulouse

4.5/5(64 reviews)

Attend a theatrical or orchestral performance and admire the artworks on the alleged spot where St. Saturnin of Toulouse was martyred.

Zenith de Toulouse
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Zenith de Toulouse

4/5(7 reviews)

Get tickets for a show at Zenith de Toulouse, a storied theater in Toulouse. You can seek out the biking trails while in the area.

Basilica of Saint-Sernin
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Basilica of Saint-Sernin

4.5/5(59 reviews)

Inspect the iconic organ and medieval altar and walk the passageways of one of the largest Romanesque structures in the world.

Top activities in Toulouse

Toulouse: Pastry-Making Class
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Toulouse: Pastry-Making Class

¥10,194
Per adult

Reviews of Toulouse

4.3

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
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4 - Good 36.206896551724135%
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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jan 5, 2020

Lovely town. (Noisy bikes need police enforcement!)

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Dec 3, 2019

Christmas lights were nice.

5/5 - Excellent

Romy

Nov 17, 2019

Lovely place. Want to return!

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

Nov 17, 2019

Lovely walkable city with friendly people. But Many migrant beggars on the street at night.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Nov 9, 2019

Great historic district, pedestrian streets, found a wonderful vegetarian restaurant.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Oct 31, 2019

Nice atmosphere, nice historic center and very good food.

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