Everything’s coming up roses – or rather rosé – in Toulouse. The lively city in southern France is known as La Ville Rosé because the red bricks of the buildings take on a pink hue in the sunlight. One of Europe’s fastest growing metropolises, with a number of museums, parks and cultural activities Toulouse is an ideal destination for families. Here are a few your places your family shouldn’t miss:
Hop on the Petit Train Touristique for a quick loop around the city and a look at some of Toulouse’s most famous sights. In a half an hour, this charming choo-choo will take you past the Capitole (town hall), Saint-Sernin Basilica and along the banks of the Garonne.
Tip: If your French is a little rusty, remember to ask the driver for a booklet with an English translation of the tour.??A cruise on the Garonne River, which flows into the Atlantic Ocean, offers another vantage point from which to?discover Toulouse. Float past beautiful monuments such as Pont Neuf and the Saint-Pierre lock, while learning about the history of Toulouse and UNESCO World Heritage site Canal du Midi.
Long a leader in the world of aviation, Toulouse is also Europe’s leading aerospace center, where you’ll find the Airbus headquarters, Galileo positioning system and the Toulouse Space Center, the largest in Europe. The Cité de l’Espace has a planetarium, interactive scientific exhibitions and an IMAX movie theater. But it’s the chance to go to infinity and beyond on a simulation flight in a spacecraft that will send kids over the moon.
Tip: Located on the outskirts of the city and with tickets starting at €13 from age 5, you may want to plan on spending the entire day here.
Keep your kids flying high with an Airbus Visit and take a tour of the assembly complex for the Airbus A380, the biggest airliner in the world. The tour starts in telemetry room learning about the work of test pilots and ends on the inside of the model of the A380 Super Jumbo.
Tip: It is mandatory for non-EU citizens to book this tour at least two full working days in advance and guided group tours in languages other than French must be requested.
Disclosure: France Guide and the Toulouse Tourism Office provided me with a Family City Card which granted us access to many of the activities listed above.