Toulouse City-CentreToulouse

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Admire the artistic flair and marvel at the unspoiled architecture in the Pink City’s core on the banks of the Garonne River.

The Toulouse City Center is an active hub known for its youthful student ambiance, cultural complexes and scenic views along the Garonne River. It is marked by large, spacious plazas with well-preserved medieval and Renaissance structures left untouched during the world wars. People-watch from the various bars, cafés and teahouses in this central district.

Enjoy the views of the city center from the Prairie des Filtres park on the western side of the Garonne. This riverside grassy mound is popular with the city’s many students and sunbathers on clear afternoons. Cross the river via the medieval Pont Neuf, known for its asymmetrical arches. See the bridge at night, when the underside of its arches is illuminated in romantic light.

Stroll along the Quai de la Daurade riverside walkway, where artists and performers gather and work. Take a river cruise or relax at a café by the water.

Wander through the charming alleys of the city center for a sense of the local culture. Among the highlights is the Paul Dupuy Museum, which contains a fascinating collection of artistic objects and graphic arts dating from the Middle Ages to 1939. Visit other intriguing institutions including the Museum of Old Toulouse, the Museum of the Augustins and the David Léger Sculpture Workshop.

Watch a theatrical performance in the cozy amphitheater of the Grand Rond theater and have a drink at its elegant bar. A little north is the impressive Place du Capitole. On this eastern side of this square is the enormous Capitole building. Take a tour of its majestic halls and museum exhibits.

Toulouse’s City Center runs along the eastern bank of the Garonne River in the heart of Toulouse. Arrive at one of the many metro stops that pass through this district, such as Capitole, Esquirol and Carmes. Make sure to see the adjacent areas of Carmes, Le Busca and St-Cyprien.

Top Hotels in Toulouse City-Centre

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Pullman Toulouse Centre Ramblas
Pullman Toulouse Centre Ramblas
5 out of 5
84, allées Jean Jaurès, Toulouse, Haute-Garonne
$97
per night
Mar 20 - Mar 21

This family-friendly Toulouse hotel is located in the entertainment district, within a 15-minute walk of Place Wilson, Halle aux Grains Theater, and Place du ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (567 reviews)

"Friendly staff, clean and spacious room, distance to the center was perfect. Overall it met all my needs. Will definitely stay there again."…"

Reviewed on Jan 23, 2020

Pullman Toulouse Centre Ramblas
Novotel Toulouse Centre Wilson
Novotel Toulouse Centre Wilson
4 out of 5
15 Place Du President Thomas Wilson, Toulouse, Haute-Garonne
$78
per night
Mar 20 - Mar 21

This family-friendly Toulouse hotel is located in the historical district, within a 10-minute walk of Place Wilson and Place du Capitole. Toulouse Business School ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (765 reviews)

"The staff, room, bathroom were all excellent. Big bed, perfect modern facilities (shower etc). Only 2 problems I had were not the fault of the hotel at all: crying infants/loud child crying & dropping heavy items in adjacent room + the massively noisy motorcycles/scooters/mopeds that have modified ..."…"

Reviewed on Jan 5, 2020

Novotel Toulouse Centre Wilson
Le Grand Balcon
Le Grand Balcon
5 out of 5
8 To 10 Rue Romiguieres, Toulouse, Haute-Garonne
$96
per night
Mar 1 - Mar 2

Located in Toulouse City-Centre, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Place du Capitole and Basilique Saint-Sernin. Capitole Station is only a 4-minute ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (589 reviews)

"Great location, and staff very good. Hotel really clean and nicely furnished. Amenities good although would have preferred a kettle as well as a Nespresso machine. Powdered condensed milk and tea capsules through the Nespresso was not nice."…"

Reviewed on Jan 20, 2020

Le Grand Balcon
Crowne Plaza Toulouse
Crowne Plaza Toulouse
5 out of 5
7 Place Du Capitole, Toulouse, Haute-Garonne
$98
per night
Mar 6 - Mar 7

Located in Toulouse City-Centre, this luxury hotel is steps from The KASE Toulouse Saint-Rome and Place du Capitole. Toulouse Business School and Toulouse Exhibition ...

4.3/5Excellent! (878 reviews)

"Love the location! Perfect for a Christmas trip to Toulouse as it’s right on the main square close to restaurants, metro etc. yet quiet. Staff were very helpful."…"

Reviewed on Jan 10, 2020

Crowne Plaza Toulouse
ResidHotel Toulouse Centre
ResidHotel Toulouse Centre
11 Avenue de la Garonnette, Toulouse, Haute-Garonne
$54
per night
Mar 1 - Mar 2

Located in Toulouse City-Centre, this aparthotel is within a 15-minute walk of Pont Neuf, Museum of the Augustins, and Place du Capitole. Basilique Saint-Sernin ...

4.1/5Very Good! (312 reviews)

"Appartement was near to the center of town and tram station to airport the appartement was a good size and had everything you would need for your stay would be helpful if thee was a mop in the room for cleaning up after a shower and there was a massive cobweb in the corner of the room showing that ..."…"

Reviewed on Jan 20, 2020

ResidHotel Toulouse Centre
Grand Hôtel de l'Opéra
Grand Hôtel de l'Opéra
4 out of 5
1 Place Du Capitole, Toulouse, Haute-Garonne
$114
per night
Mar 20 - Mar 21

Located in Toulouse City-Centre, this spa hotel is steps from Capitole de Toulouse and Place du Capitole. Toulouse Business School and Toulouse Exhibition Center ...

4.2/5Excellent! (501 reviews)

"Excellent hotel with old world charm! Excellent location!0"…"

Reviewed on Jan 6, 2020

Grand Hôtel de l'Opéra

Popular things to do in Toulouse City-Centre

Place du Capitole
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Place du Capitole

4.5/5(70 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(62 reviews)

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

Basilique Saint-Sernin
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Basilique Saint-Sernin

4.5/5(57 reviews)

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

Place Wilson
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Place Wilson

4.5/5(32 reviews)

Find out about the history of Toulouse with a stop at Place Wilson. While in this walkable area, you can savor the top-notch restaurants.

Esquirol Place
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Esquirol Place

4.5/5(5 reviews)

Browse shops and cafés, consider the history of this former Roman plaza and then explore the surrounding area to find other Toulouse attractions. 

Japanese Garden Toulouse
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Japanese Garden Toulouse

4.5/5(8 reviews)

Appreciate the stillness and traditional artifacts near the lake and forest of these well-paved gardens in the heart of Toulouse.

Top activities in Toulouse City-Centre

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

$94
Per adult
Life model drawing in an art studio
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Life model drawing in an art studio

$31
Per adult
Toulouse Historical Left Bank Walking Tour
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Toulouse Historical Left Bank Walking Tour

$31
Per adult
Toulouse historical walking tour
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Toulouse historical walking tour

$33
Per adult
Toulouse: 70-minute city tour by open-top minibus
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Toulouse: 70-minute city tour by open-top minibus

80% of travellers recommend
$23
Per adult
Toulouse Private Transfer from Toulouse Airport to City centre
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Toulouse Private Transfer from Toulouse Airport to City centre

$11
Per adult

Other neighborhoods in Toulouse

Basilique Saint-Sernin which includes heritage architecture

Arnaud Bernard

4.5/5Wonderful!(7 area reviews)

Discover Arnaud Bernard, memorable for its historic sites. Popular attractions in Arnaud Bernard include Basilique Saint-Sernin and Saint Raymond Museum, and you can see more of the area by hopping on the metro at Compans-Caffarelli Station.

Arnaud Bernard
Capitole de Toulouse showing outdoor eating and night scenes as well as a couple

Capitole

Discover Capitole, memorable for its historic sites. Popular attractions in Capitole include Place du Capitole and Capitole de Toulouse, and you can see more of the area by hopping on the metro at Capitole Station.

Capitole
Victor Hugo District which includes interior views, markets and drinks or beverages

Victor Hugo District

4.5/5Wonderful!(11 area reviews)

Victor Hugo District is popular for its abundant dining options, and if you're looking for more to see and do, you might think about a trip to Place Wilson or Victor Hugo Market.

Victor Hugo District
Museum of the Augustins featuring heritage architecture, a city and night scenes

Saint-Georges

4/5Very Good!(4 area reviews)

Shopping and restaurants are highlights of Saint-Georges. Make a stop by Place Wilson or Saint George Place while you're visiting, and jump aboard the metro at Jean-Jaurès Metro Station to get around town.

Saint-Georges
Toulouse showing a fountain, wildflowers and a park

Les Chalets - Saint-Aubin - Saint-Étienne

You might enjoy the coffeehouses while in Les Chalets - Saint-Aubin - Saint-Étienne. Place Wilson is a notable sight, and you can get around town at Jeanne d'Arc Metro Station or Francois Verdier Station to see more of the city.

Les Chalets - Saint-Aubin - Saint-Étienne
Matabiau, Toulouse, France
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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