Cultural Tour of Toulouse (Self Guided), Toulouse

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 or 2.5 Miles
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

Editor's note: It is closed for renovation until february 2020.

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.
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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.

Open every day except Tuesdays and public holidays:
from June to September: 10 am - 6 pm;
from October to May: 10 am - 5 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 or 1.7 Miles
Museums Tour of Toulouse

Museums Tour of Toulouse

Toulouse is the sixth-largest city in France and has an endless list of interesting places to visit. Some of the city's most noteworthy attractions are its museums, where you will find a large array of paintings, artifacts, sculptures and more. Take the time to explore the beautiful museums and galleries of Toulouse on this walking tour.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.9 Km or 1.8 Miles
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 or 2 Miles
Churches Tour of Toulouse

Churches Tour of Toulouse

Toulouse's historical center is full of architectural treasures, particularly churches. You will find a large variety of basilicas, cathedrals and cloisters built from the 11th to the 19th centuries in the city. Their architectural style varies from Romanesque to Gothic. Take this tour to visit Toulouse's picturesque churches.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.6 Km or 2.9 Miles
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: 1.5 Km or 0.9 Miles
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 or 2.3 Miles

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