Eastern Toulouse Tour (Self Guided), 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.
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Eastern Toulouse Tour Map

Guide Name: Eastern Toulouse Tour
Guide Location: France » Toulouse (See other walking tours in Toulouse)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 7
Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.7 Km or 1.7 Miles
Author: helenp
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Saint Aubin Church
  • Terre Cabade Cemetery
  • Saint Sylve Church
  • Toulouse Observatory
  • Médiathèque José-Cabanis
  • L'Occitania Péniche
  • Gare de Toulouse Matabiau
Saint Aubin Church

1) Saint Aubin Church

The Church of Saint-Aubin is located in the Saint-Aubin-Dupuy area. This massive church was built in 1847 by the architect Jean-Auguste-Marie-Therese Delort. It was built on the site of an old cemetery. The architectural style of the church is a combination of Gothic Art, Romanesque and Byzantine. It is the largest religious edifice built in the nineteenth century in Toulouse. Sometimes on Sundays the church is reserved for Orthodox worship services.
Terre Cabade Cemetery

2) Terre Cabade Cemetery

Terre Cabade Cemetery is a city of the dead situated at the outskirts of Toulouse. This huge necropolis contains the graves of many renowned personalities of Toulouse: Urbain Vitry, Jules Léotard, Joseph Engelmajer and many others. The tombs, situated on the cemetery's streets, are covered with elaborate embellishments. While walking, you can smell the scent of the magnolia trees. One section of the cemetery called Terre-Salonique is limited to those who died during war.
Saint Sylve Church

3) Saint Sylve Church

Saint Sylve Church is situated at the intersection of three streets: Rue de 10 Avril, Rue Reille and Rue Rene Leduc. The church has a simple facade but is a revelation inside. The church is open for Catholic worship on Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Toulouse Observatory

4) Toulouse Observatory

The Observatoire de Toulouse (Toulouse Observatory) was established in 1733. It was founded by l'Académie des Sciences, Inscriptions et Belles-Lettres de Toulouse ("Academy of Science, Inscriptions and the Humanities of Toulouse"). It was moved in 1841 and again in 1981. The observatory has had many telescopes over its lifetime. An 83-centimeter aperture refractor telescope was installed in 1875 under the directorship of Félix Tisserand (1845–1896). Tisserand published Recueil d'exercices sur le calcul infinitesimal and made several important expeditions, including an 1874 trip to Japan. Tisserand was succeeded by Benjamin Baillaud (1848 – 1934) who was director from 1878 to 1907.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Médiathèque José-Cabanis

5) Médiathèque José-Cabanis

Mediatheque Jose Cabanis is located in Toulouse's Marengo District. This building was designed by the architectural firm of Jean-Pierre Buffi and was completed in 2004. The building provides a tremendous view of Avenue Georges Pompidou, Place Wilson and Avenue Jean Jaures. The building is connected to an underground network that offers access to public transportation, including trains, local and regional bus service and the subway.
L'Occitania Péniche

6) L'Occitania Péniche

L'Occitania Péniche is a restaurant located on a boat. Dine here to discover the charm of the Canal du Midi and savor the flavors of southwestern French cuisine. It is an ideal location for celebrations or special occasions. The boat leaves the banks for trips on the Canal du Midi. Between courses, the ship's captain tells stories of the famous canal. The atmosphere is relaxed, with jazz music playing in the background.
Gare de Toulouse Matabiau

7) Gare de Toulouse Matabiau

Toulouse-Matabiau is the main railway station in Toulouse. In 1853, Émile Pereire and his brother Jacob founded the CF du Midi. Three years later, the line from Agen to Toulouse opened and was then extended from Bordeaux to Sète in 1857. The current structure was built between 1903 and 1905 and replaced an older, smaller building. The station took the name of the borough it was situated in, an area called Matabiau. It was designed by Marius Toudoire (who also designed Bordeaux Station) and was built with stone from the Roman city of Saintes. Like the Midi station in Bordeaux, Matabiau Station displays 26 coats of arms on the front of the building, depicting the 26 destinations that Midi served.
Sight description based on wikipedia

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.
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
Architectural Jewels of Toulouse

Architectural Jewels 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: 3.8 Km or 2.4 Miles
Toulouse Introduction Walk

Toulouse Introduction 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: 5.7 Km or 3.5 Miles
Toulouse Museums Tour

Toulouse Museums Tour

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
Historical Churches Tour

Historical Churches Tour

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
Cultural Venues

Cultural Venues

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.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.0 Km or 2.5 Miles

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Pub Crawl of Toulouse

Pub Crawl of Toulouse

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