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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.

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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 Capitole de Toulouse 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
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 Pierre Baudis Congress Center and Japanese Garden Toulouse.

Compans-Caffarelli
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 Stadium Municipal de Toulouse 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
Matabiau, Toulouse, Haute-Garonne, France

Matabiau

Visitors to Matabiau enjoy its coffeehouses, and if you want to do some exploring, Halle aux Grains Theater is worth a stop.

Matabiau
Toulouse West, Toulouse, Haute-Garonne, France

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
Toulouse Left Bank, Toulouse, Haute-Garonne, France

Toulouse Left Bank

4/5Very Good!(5 area reviews)

The museums and parks are just a few things visitors like about Toulouse Left Bank. Zenith de Toulouse and Toulouse Hippodrome are worthwhile spots to check out, and you can hop on the metro at Bagatelle Station or Mermoz Station to get around the larger area.

Toulouse Left Bank

Top Hotels in Toulouse

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Première Classe Toulouse Sud - Labège Innopole
Première Classe Toulouse Sud - Labège Innopole
2 out of 5
Rue Marco Polo Voie No. 6 - BP 105, Labege, Haute-garonne
The price is $31 per night from Oct 23 to Oct 24

Situated in a shopping district, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Diagora Convention and Exhibition Center, Saint-Barthelemy Church, and Maison Salvan. The ...

4.1/5Very Good! (571 reviews)
Short stay

"Quick and fuss free. Gave us a large handicapped room which was much appreciated. Would stay again if passing by."…"

Reviewed on Nov 11, 2019

Première Classe Toulouse Sud - Labège Innopole
Zenitude Hôtel-Résidences Le Parc de l'Escale
Zenitude Hôtel-Résidences Le Parc de l'Escale
4 out of 5
8 Rue De Caulet, Toulouse, Haute-Garonne
The price is $63 per night from Oct 9 to Oct 10

Located in Toulouse West, this residence is 1.3 mi (2.1 km) from Saint Radegonde Colomiers Church and 2.9 mi (4.6 km) from Airbus. Purpan Hospital and Roman ...

4.1/5Very Good! (351 reviews)
Average hotel

"Staff were excellent, room was small, dark and the bathroom was inadequate because the toilet didn’t work properly nor did the safe"…"

Reviewed on Mar 20, 2020

Zenitude Hôtel-Résidences Le Parc de l'Escale
Crowne Plaza Toulouse
Crowne Plaza Toulouse
5 out of 5
7 Place Du Capitole, Toulouse, Haute-Garonne
The price is $94 per night from Oct 2 to Oct 3

Located in Toulouse City-Centre, this luxury hotel is steps from Place du Capitole and Capitole de Toulouse. Toulouse Business School is 0.8 mi (1.4 km) away. ...

4.3/5Excellent! (897 reviews)

"Great hotel, located steps away from the Place de Capitole (in practice the city council). Rooms are big, clean, and very well preserved. The hotel is not cheap, but it is worth it. The area is great, with eateries and close to all you want to see in Toulouse. It is a bit hard to get there, because ..."…"

Reviewed on Aug 9, 2020

Crowne Plaza Toulouse

Popular places to visit 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.

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.

Place du Capitole
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Place du Capitole

4.5/5(72 reviews)

Learn about the local history of Toulouse when you spend time at Place du Capitole. Amble around the area's riverfront or visit its cathedral.

Place Wilson
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Place Wilson

4.5/5(33 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.

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.

Top things to do in Toulouse

Toulouse: 70-minute city tour by open-top minibus
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Toulouse: 70-minute city tour by open-top minibus

$24
Per adult
80% of travellers recommend
Toulouse to St Cirq LaPopie & Pech Merle Cavern Private Tour
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Toulouse to St Cirq LaPopie & Pech Merle Cavern Private Tour

$1,049
Per adult
Toulouse to Carcassonne and Albi : Private Sightseeing Tour
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Toulouse to Carcassonne and Albi : Private Sightseeing Tour

$1,049
Per adult
VTC transfer from Toulouse to the Medieval City of Carcassonne 3/4 passengers
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VTC transfer from Toulouse to the Medieval City of Carcassonne 3/4 passengers

$187
Per adult
Aeroscopia Admission Ticket
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Aeroscopia Admission Ticket

$16
Per adult
Siam wellness massage and spa
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Siam wellness massage and spa

$69
Per adult

Reviews of Toulouse

4.3

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
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3 - Okay 12.068965517241379%
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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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