On foot, on roller blades, in a boat or on a bicycle, there are numerous fun ways to discover Toulouse and its surroundings. It's a multifaceted city that has something in store for every interest, be it sports, history, technology or just taking wonderful walks along the Garonne River and the Canal du Midi. We selected a few must-dos for your weekend trip to Toulouse!
Known as the European capital of aeronautics, Toulouse has a museum entirely dedicated to the history of flying. Aeroscopia boasts a great collection of different commercial, military and historic planes as well as models and photographs. Visitors can even visit the Airbus construction site and discover the assembly lines and technical testing areas for the A380!
If you are one of the sporty ones, why not discover Toulouse on roller blades? You can even take a free guided tour organised by the Roulez-Rose association: all you have to do is bring your own blades! Some of the tours follow special themes, and others have different levels of difficulty, from beginner to expert. Almost all of them start in the centre of Toulouse, on the famous Place du Capitole.
Quai de la Daurade
With its little tourist train, its shadowy river banks and beautiful views on the Garonne River, the Quai de la Daurade is a favourite with locals and visitors alike. Take a stroll and discover the famous Pont-Neuf built back in 1632, the oldest bridge in Toulouse that resisted countless floods. By the way, the Quai de la Daurade used to be an important commercial harbor, already in the Middle Ages.
If you liked Aeroscopia, you will love the Cité de l’Espace, a fascinating place dedicated to space travel. Visitors can take part in a simulation letting you experience what it feels like to walk on the moon in zero gravity conditions, or what it's like to be an astronaut from sleeping standing-up and putting on a spacesuit to driving a lunar car.
The Canal du Midi is the ideal location for a family weekend. For all lovers of river sceneries but also technical and architectural landmarks, the Canal du Midi has numerous bridges, mills and lock stations and has been registered on the UNESCO world patrimony list. Although best known to be a magnificent place for river tourism, the Canal du Midi is also great to observe nature or undertake some sports activities including roller skating, cycling or rowing.
Le Stade Toulousain
For Rugby fans a visit of the Toulouse stadium is an absolute must. The local tourist office offers tours of the Ernest Wallon Stadium, allowing visitors to stand on the pitch, have a look at the trophies, and more.
To visit the city at your own rhythm, book a room at Radisson Blu Toulouse Airport Close to the airport and only 15 minutes away from the city center, it's the perfect base to expore the region from.