Toulouse Introduction Walk (Self Guided), Toulouse

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.
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Toulouse Introduction Walk Map

Guide Name: Toulouse Introduction Walk
Guide Location: France » Toulouse (See other walking tours in Toulouse)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 13
Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.7 Km or 3.5 Miles
Author: helenp
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Place du Capitole
  • Square du General Charles de Gaulle
  • Rue d'Alsace-Lorraine
  • War Memorial
  • Pierre Fermat Street
  • Jardin des Plantes
  • Place Lafourcade
  • Place du Salin
  • Bemberg Foundation
  • Pont Neuf
  • Notre-Dame de la Daurade
  • Church of the Jacobins
  • Bridge Sant-Pierre
Place du Capitole

1) Place du Capitole (must see)

Place du Capitole is located in the heart of Toulouse where you can see a two hectares square with a big pink brick building built in 1189 and completed with a neo-classical facade in 1760. All this time it was a location for municipal administration and many public events. Now Place du Capitole is hosting the Theater National, Town Hall and the Hall of Fame. Here you can find best cafes and terraces and also a nice view.
Square du General Charles de Gaulle

2) Square du General Charles de Gaulle

Square du General Charles de Gaulle is located in back of the Capitol of Toulouse. It is dedicated to Charles de Gaulle who instigated the founding of the Fifth Republic and was its first president from 1959 to 1969. In this small square you can admire the beautiful fountain at its center and the metal statue dedicated to Jean Jaurès and "Maternité" built by Jean-Louis Toutain.
Rue d'Alsace-Lorraine

3) Rue d'Alsace-Lorraine

The street of Alsace-Lorraine is one of the main ways of Toulouse. It is the main shopping street of the city. It is also, along with Rue Ozenne and Rue de Metz, one of the main Haussmann streets of the Pink City.
Sight description based on wikipedia
War Memorial

4) War Memorial (must see)

This triumphal arch is a tribute to those who lost their lives during World War I and were buried in Terre-Cabade Cemetery. This monument is unique, as it was not built to glorify the victory but to honor those who died. At the foot of the monument, the Torch of Remembrance further serves as a reminder of the soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country.
Pierre Fermat Street

5) Pierre Fermat Street

Rue Pierre de Fermat is a great place to shop. The stores located on this street sell a large variety of French products, ranging from clothes to jewelry. So if you want to purchase an authentic French item as a gift or souvenir, you've found the right place.
Jardin des Plantes

6) Jardin des Plantes

The Jardin des Plantes is a public park and botanical garden located on Allée Jules-Guesde. Although it was originally located outside the city walls, it is now surrounded by buildings. It is bordered by the Medical School, the Natural History Museum, Daniel-Sorano Theater and Saint-Exupère Church. It is very close to Boulingrin Park, but a broad avenue separates the two parks. However, a metal footbridge makes it possible for pedestrians to travel between the two public parks. The garden is home to several old buildings. The Natural History Museum dates back to the end of the 16th century. The entrance door to the garden is a reconstruction of one of the doors of the old Capitol, and it dates back to 1886.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Place Lafourcade

7) Place Lafourcade

Place Lafourcade is a very large square which separates the center of the city and marks the entrance in Saint-Michel district. On the wall at the end of the square there is a big marble fountain built in the 19th century.
Place du Salin

8) Place du Salin

In the past, Place du Salin was a square of tremendous importance to the city. Not only were noisy fairs held here every Sunday, but cruel executions took place here in front of large crowds. The statue of Jaques Cujas, a renowned French judge born in Toulouse in 1522, is located here. The ruins of the French Parliament building are located across the street.
Bemberg Foundation

9) Bemberg Foundation (must see)

Since 1994 the Hôtel d'Assézat has housed the Bemberg Foundation (Fondation Bemberg), an art gallery that displays the personal collection of the rich Argentinian Georges Bemberg. His foundation was created in collaboration with the city of Toulouse. The gallery's large collection features paintings, drawings, sculptures, ancient books and furniture, with a focus on 19th- and early 20th-century French paintings, as well as 16th- and 18th-century Venetian paintings.

Operation hours: Tuesday-Sunday: 10 am- 12:30 pm/ 1:30 pm- 6 pm.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Pont Neuf

10) Pont Neuf (must see)

Pont Neuf, or New Bridge in English, is a 16th-century bridge. Original planning for the bridge began in 1542, and construction on the foundations started in 1544. The first arch was started in 1614. The bridge was finished in 1632 and was inaugurated on October 19, 1659. The bridge is not symmetrical, as the arches are of different lengths. The openings through the piers were originally supposed to represent the face and mane of a lion. A triumphal archway added in 1686 constricted traffic and was removed in 1860. The bridge is 220 meters long and has seven arches.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Notre-Dame de la Daurade

11) Notre-Dame de la Daurade

Notre-Dame de la Daurade is a basilica established in 410 when Emperor Honorius allowed the conversion of pagan temples to Christian places of worship. The original building of Notre-Dame de la Daurade was a temple dedicated to Apollon. During the 6th century, a church, decorated with golden mosaics, was erected at the site. Its current name derives from the ancient Latin name “Deaurata”, meaning gold. It became a Benedictine monastery during the 9th century. After a period of decline, which began in the 15th century, the basilica was destroyed in 1761. The buildings were later restored and a new church rebuilt, but the monastery was closed during the French Revolution and became a tobacco factory. The current edifice was built during the 19th century. The church has been listed as a historic monument by the French Ministry of Culture.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Church of the Jacobins

12) Church of the Jacobins (must see)

The Church of the Jacobins is located in the city center halfway between the Capitol and the Garonne River and opposite the Lyceum Pierre de Fermat. The complex consists of a church, a cloister and a convent. It was built by the Order of Preachers, a mendicant order. These brick buildings are considered prime examples of Languedoc Gothic art from the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries. The church has housed the body of St. Thomas Aquinas since 1369.
Bridge Sant-Pierre

13) Bridge Sant-Pierre (must see)

Bridge Sant-Pierre crosses the Garonne River and connects Place Saint-Pierre and the hospital of La Grave. The original Saint-Pierre Bridge was built between 1849 and 1852. It was a wooden bridge, but its foundation was made of brick and was reinforced by metal cables. In 1875 the bridge was damaged during a great flood. After several decades a new bridge was constructed from metal. Its total length is 240 meters.

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.
Eastern Toulouse Tour

Eastern Toulouse Tour

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
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
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
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 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

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