City of Toulouse

A few facts about Toulouse

Known as «La ville rose» for the red brick walls of its historic centre, Toulouse is the 4th most populous city of France and also the country’s fourth tourist destination. It is the capital of the Midi-Pyrenees the middle of which it is situated, midway between Cahors and Foix as well as between Rodez and Tarbes. Toulouse is also a close neighbour of Auch, Montauban and Albi.


In addition to the Garonne River and the Canal du Midi winding through the city, Toulouse possesses many places of interest:(historic monuments, private mansions, religious buildings, Roman arenas, fountains…) public gardens (Jardin Japonais Compans Caffarelli, Grand Rond, Jardin Royal et Jardin des Plantes, le Parc de la Maourine…), shops, market halls, open markets, cultural locations ( museum, art galleries). The Saint Sernin’s basilica, registered in the world patrimony of the UNESCO since 1994 (just like the pilgrimage route to Santiago de Compostela) is the biggest Roman style church still in good condition in Europe and one of the key halt for the pilgrims.

Industrial Interest

Home to Aérospostale and Airbus (visits of the assembly lines by appointment only), Toulouse also offers a unique location dedicated to the history of the universe and to high tech (numerous interactive activities and exhibitions).

Complimentary guide booklets

In order to help you discover the charms of the red-pink city, Hotel Albert 1er leaves at your disposal our own complimentary tourist guide booklets:

  • 6 Walking circuits in Toulouse
  • Shopping in Toulouse
  • The Gay Toulouse, bars and restaurants

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