Carcassonne City Landmarks (Self Guided), Carcassonne

Carcassonne is a very beautiful and interesting city, with many sights that highlight its rich history and culture. Each of them has its own meaning and evokes a certain period of time and certain events. Take this self-guided tour in order to feel a part of the history.
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Carcassonne City Landmarks Map

Guide Name: Carcassonne City Landmarks
Guide Location: France » Carcassonne (See other walking tours in Carcassonne)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 8
Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.9 Km or 1.8 Miles
Author: Linda
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Hotel Terminus
  • Monument aux Morts " Les Audois "
  • Statue d'Armand Barbès
  • Place Carnot
  • Ecole Jean Jaurès
  • Square Gambetta
  • Le Pont Vieux
  • Jardin Maria et Pierre-Sire
Hotel Terminus

1) Hotel Terminus

The hotel Terminus is located on the left bank of the Aude, in the heart of the Bastide. It kept the stylish ambiance of the 1900s thanks to its beautiful facade and staircase, considered a valuable element of Fine Arts. Opened in June 1914, the Terminus covers an area of 2,500 m2, having four levels with 125 rooms and apartments at the cutting edge of modernism.
Monument aux Morts " Les Audois "

2) Monument aux Morts " Les Audois "

On July 12, 1914 was inaugurated the imposing monument in memory of those who died in the war of 1870-1871. After the First World War, which killed more than 11,000 soldiers of the department, the monument was dedicated to the victims of all armed conflicts, so there appeared many plaques on its base; various commemorative ceremonies take place here as well.
Statue d'Armand Barbès

3) Statue d'Armand Barbès

The monument was erected in 1886 in honour of Armand Barbès, the son of a surgeon Carcassonne, who was a fierce republican and was named the conspirator or the Bayard of Democracy. Opposing the July Monarchy, he was sent to Paris, where he wrote the greatest pages of insurrection against Louis Philippe. Having been in jail several times, he ended his life in exile in La Haye a few weeks before the fall of the Second Empire and the proclamation of the Republic he desired so much.
Place Carnot

4) Place Carnot (must see)

Place Carnot is one of the most important places in the centre of the city; it is popular among locals, tourists and pedestrians. The municipality organizes live performances and shows on the podium, as well as a fruit and vegetable market. No traffic is allowed here, so people can quietly walk and enjoy the fountains, statues and cafes.
Ecole Jean Jaurès

5) Ecole Jean Jaurès

Designed by architect Paul Enderlin and opened in 1928 during the visit of President Gaston Doumergue, this school Jean Jaurès is distinguished by its size (it is the largest school in the city) and by its large windows and the facade that evokes the Medieval city.
Square Gambetta

6) Square Gambetta (must see)

Square Gambetta is a large square in Carcassonne on the other side of the river Aude and the famous Cité. With this square begins the old walled city, built by King St. Louis of France: La Bastide de Saint Louis. Walking around the square you can visit Musée des Beaux-Arts, the Central Library as well as different shops and cafes.
Le Pont Vieux

7) Le Pont Vieux (must see)

This 210 meter long bridge dates from 1359, when it replaced the old feudal structure built upstream on the site of the Roman bridge. For a very long time, it was the only link between the two parts of the city. The Old Bridge is certainly one of the most romantic places in the city, especially since it became strictly for pedestrians. It offers a breathtaking view of the entire Cité, situated nearby.
Jardin Maria et Pierre-Sire

8) Jardin Maria et Pierre-Sire (must see)

The Garden Maria et Pierre Sire is a beautiful, green space in front of the administrative buildings in the neighborhood of Trivalle. It received its name after the city's council decided to honour the memory of the distinguished writer, Pierre Sire, and his wife, Maria, director of the School of Cité.

Walking Tours in Carcassonne, France

Create Your Own Walk in Carcassonne

Create Your Own Walk in Carcassonne

Creating your own self-guided walk in Carcassonne is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Historical Sights of Carcassonne

Historical Sights of Carcassonne

The rich history of Carcassonne has left marks on the appearance of the city. Important vestiges of the fortified walls which had the role to protect the town from invasions are kept until now, as well as valuable buildings and gardens that can all be discovered in this self-guided tour.

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.1 Km or 1.3 Miles
Historical Churches

Historical Churches

Carcassonne is remarkable for its impressive churches and cathedrals. The majority of them were built in Gothic Languedoc style and are noteworthy given their stained glass windows, large choirs and interesting architectural elements. Take this tour and discover them all.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.1 Km or 1.9 Miles
Medieval City of Carcassonne Walking Tour

Medieval City of Carcassonne Walking Tour

The Medieval City of Carcassonne is a breathtaking place with a lot of interesting spots to appreciate. It offers some great museums, beautiful, sunny squares, shops and cafes, and especially noteworthy is its old, historic town atmosphere. Take this tour in order to discover its mysteries.

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.2 Km or 0.7 Miles
Carcassonne Introduction Walk

Carcassonne Introduction Walk

Perched atop a hill in Southern France's region of Languedoc, the town of Carcassonne is noted primarily for its medieval citadel, La Cité, surrounded with numerous watchtowers and double-walled fortifications. Another key local attraction is a 12th-century Château Comtal, situated within the Cité, replete with archaeological findings and inner ramparts. To explore these and other historic...  view more

Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.1 Km or 3.2 Miles