Toulouse things to do and see in one day, the city known as “La Ville Rose” (pink city).
Must-to-see in a day in Toulouse
Top of mandatory and essential stops on your visit to the pink city.
Place du Capitole, Toulouse
In this square, located in the historic center of the city, you will find the Toulouse Town Hall and the Capitol Theatre. Both facades have a typical French pink color, that’s the reason why this city is known as “La Ville Rose” (the pink villa or pink city).
The Capitol has free entrance. Location: Capitole metro stop.
Visiting Toulouse: The Basilica of Saint-Sernin
You can’t leave Toulouse without visiting one of its symbols, the church or Basilica of St. Sernin. This basilica is named after a saint, because according to legend, the saint was dragged to the temple by a bull. This Basilica belongs to the UNESCO World Heritage Sites and was part of the pilgrimage site of the French Camino de Santiago (known in English as the Way of St. James).
Toulouse things to do and see
Let’s continue with our route through the essential stops and things to see in Toulouse:
Another great symbol of the “Ville Rose” is the Cathedral of Saint Etennie or St. Stephen’s Cathedral. This cathedral could be defined as a puzzle, especially because of its exterior facade, which looks like an unfinished puzzle. Instead, the interior of the cathedral amazes with its choir, its chapel and the breathtaking original stained glass windows of the rose window.
Pont Neuf or New Bridge in Toulouse
If you look on Google for images of Toulouse, without a doubt one of the first images that will appear to you will be that of the Pont Neuf from different perspectives. This bridge is another great symbol of the city of Toulouse.
The bridge (built by Nicolas Bachelier) connects Toulouse’s old town to the Cours Dillon district and formerly had the function of entrance to the city.
Toulouse things to do in 2 days
Other essential stops (although they require more time) on your visit to the city of Occitania are:
- Ensemble conventuel des Jacobins: it is an old Gothic-style convent converted into a museum. Inside there are the relics of the theologian St. Thomas Aquinas (free entrance). To see the rest (cloister and showrooms) you have to pay about 4€.
- Musée des Augustins: it was an old convent with more than one hundred and fifty monks but after the French Revolution it was abandoned. Inside you can enjoy a monastic exhibition. Entrance price: 4€.
Hotel Assézat to visit in Toulouse
Another recommended stop is the Hotel de Assézat. This hotel was built by the same architect of the Pont Neuf, Nicolas Bachelier. This building has in the inside an art gallery belonging to the Bemberg Foundation. The price of the museum is 8€ but the entrance to the courtyard is free.
Toulouse things to do: bonus
If you are passionate about everything related to space, you definitely need to visit La Cité de l’espace. It is a theme park about 6km from the city center (38 min by public transport from Capitol Hill). The theme of the park is to see and learn about space and its conquest, what astronauts do, etc. Entrance costs about 16€ for a day.
- Natural History Museum
- Jardin des Plantes
- Saint-Raymond Museum
- Canal de Brienne
- Notre-Dame de la Daurade
- Pont Saint Pierre
In short, Toulouse is a city to visit for at least one day. However, if you have more than one day or for those who want to know more about the history of the “pink city” I recommend to take a FREE TOUR.
I also recommend checking the flights well because there are many offers, when we visited the city (November 2018) we found in EDREAMS a roundtrip flight for only 38€ for two people (19€ per person round trip). As for the accommodation, I personally think that hotels on Booking are a little expensive, so I opted for Airbnb (get up to 40 euros on your first reservation with my invitation).
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