Cultural Tour of Toulouse, Toulouse (Self Guided)

Toulouse, also called the Pink City due to its original brick architectural style, has a unique cultural scene. It is the center of Occitan culture in France, because the renowned Académie des Jeux Floraux is located here. The Occitan cross is, in fact, the symbol of Toulouse. Take this self-guided tour to gain some insight into the cultural life of Toulouse.
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Cultural Tour of Toulouse Map

Guide Name: Cultural Tour of Toulouse
Guide Location: France » Toulouse (See other walking tours in Toulouse)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 7
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.0 km
Author: helenp
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Théâtre National de Toulouse

1) Théâtre National de Toulouse (must see)

Théâtre National de Toulouse or TNT is located in the heart of the old city. It is a modern theater and one of Toulouse's main attractions. It hosts contemporary live performances, including ballet, as well as opera, orchestra concerts and more.
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Halle aux Grains

2) Halle aux Grains

The Halle aux Grains is a symphony hall located in downtown Toulouse. It hosts the National Orchestra du Capitole of Toulouse. This hexagonal building with a brick facade seats 2500. On February 13, 2008, the Victory symphony was performed here.
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Théâtre du Grand Rond

3) Théâtre du Grand Rond

Théâtre du Grand Rond has unique and varied programming. It tries to promote the art of young artists by displaying their work in the lobby. Here you can attend an "aperitif-concert." Admission is free, and you can have a drink while attending a three- or four-hour-long show.
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Théâtre Daniel Sorano

4) Théâtre Daniel Sorano

Sorano Theater was founded by the municipality of Toulouse in partnership with La Dépêche du Midi, Flashebdo, Intramuros, Culture-Toulouse.com and Ombres Blanches Library. Shows are held every day except Mondays, although you should check the schedule for the most up-to-date information. The theater has more than 430 seats, which are covered in red velvet. Before and after the show you can drink coffee or eat dinner in the theater's cafe while speaking with directors and actors.
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Le Cratere Cinema

5) Le Cratere Cinema

Le Cratere doesn't show blockbusters but instead serves as a refuge for non-commercial productions. The programming is varied and sometimes a little bit weird. People mostly come here for the atmosphere and low prices. Le Cratere is the perfect place to enjoy pure French culture.
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Musée Départemental de la Résistance et de la Déportation

6) Musée Départemental de la Résistance et de la Déportation

Musée Départemental de la Résistance et de la Déportation was inaugurated in 1994 to mark the fiftieth anniversary of the liberation of Toulouse. Its mission is to show the lives of Toulouse citizens from the end of World War I until the Vichy dictatorship. The second floor houses permanent collections, while the first floor is dedicated to temporary exhibits. The museum also has a documentation center, a large collection of archives and an auditorium.

Operation hours: Monday - Friday: 9 am - 12 pm; 1:30 pm - 5:30 pm
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Musée Georges Labit

7) Musée Georges Labit (must see)

The George Labit Museum is located just minutes from the Jardin des Plantes along the Canal du Midi. The museum is small, but it compensates for its size with impressive exhibits. Its collection includes sculptures, engravings and other objects from the countries of Egypt, India, China, Tibet, Japan and others. The museum also contains some beautiful Japanese prints and a mummy in perfect condition. Also of note is the library located in the garden.

Operation hours: October - May: 10 am - 5 pm; June - September: 10 am - 6 pm

Walking Tours in Toulouse, France

Create Your Own Walk in Toulouse

Create Your Own Walk in Toulouse

Creating your own self-guided walk in Toulouse 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.
Tour of Eastern Toulouse

Tour of Eastern Toulouse

Many of Toulouse's most popular attractions are located in the historical center of the city. However, if you want to explore Toulouse further, visit the eastern part of the city. You will see more locals and be able to better practice your French. Take this tour to explore the eastern part of Toulouse.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.7 km
Toulouse Markets and Shopping Streets

Toulouse Markets and Shopping Streets

At Galeries Lafayette, a renowned Toulouse department store, you can find exclusive French items for sale. However, to discover some great bargains, visit Toulouse's street markets. At the markets, you will see everything from fresh, organic vegetables to antiques. Take this tour to explore the best shopping areas and markets of Toulouse.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.2 km
Nightlife Tour of Toulouse

Nightlife Tour of Toulouse

While it's true that Toulouse doesn’t have as big a party scene as some other French cities, there are some great bars, pubs, clubs and cafés to visit. Whether you choose a cozy café or a busy club, most places stay open until 5 or 6 am. Check out the most popular nightlife spots in Toulouse on this self-guided tour.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.6 km
Galleries Tour of Toulouse

Galleries Tour of Toulouse

Toulouse is definitely a city that will charm you with its art, and its galleries are a must-see for all art lovers. Toulouse galleries display everything from antique sculptures to abstract art, modern photography to classic paintings. Take this self-guided tour to explore the most popular art galleries in Toulouse.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.8 km
Architecture Tour of Toulouse

Architecture Tour of Toulouse

Even if you are not an architectural expert, you can appreciate the beauty of Toulouse's historic buildings. Walk the streets of Toulouse and admire medieval 16th-century buildings alongside 19th-century structures. Take this tour and explore the hospitals, hotels, churches and plazas that make Toulouse unique.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.7 km
City Orientation Walk

City Orientation Walk

Toulouse is an enchanting city and much of its beauty is found in the amazing details of its old, elaborate architecture and historic landmarks. Discover the noteworthy bridges, buildings and statues of Toulouse with this orientation walk.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.3 km

Useful Travel Guides for Planning Your Trip


Pub Crawl of Toulouse

Pub Crawl of Toulouse

There are some really great little pubs in Toulouse. This guide helps you find a few of the local favourites, one pint after the other. Discover good craic at Mulligans and The Killarney; be amazed at what's on tap at Bar l'Ancienne Belgique and Bar La Tireuse; and put the English back in...

Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Toulouse for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Toulouse has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet


To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Toulouse, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device


Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.