Sightseeing in the historic city of Toulouse
In the old town of Toulouse you will be overwhelmed by countless historical treasures and unique monuments. Toulouse has experienced a lot in its more than 2000 years of history. At every corner, a piece of history was waiting for you! Let yourself be captivated by it too!
Saint-Sernin Basilica: One of Toulouse’s most important historical landmarks is the Saint-Sernin Basilica, located just five minutes’ walk from the Place du Capitole. It is the largest preserved Romanesque church in France and one of the largest in the West! Built in the first century from bricks and stones, it impresses with a high bell tower, an elongated basilica and a huge, vaulted nave with over 250 works of art.
Pont Neuf: If you want to stroll from the old town to the Saint-Cyprien district, you will automatically come to another highlight of the city: the Pont Neuf bridge. The translation “New Bridge” is misleading as it is the oldest surviving bridge over the Garonne river. Especially in the evening hours there is a special atmosphere when the Pont Neuf is illuminated in bright colours. You too can enjoy the atmosphere and the view just like the locals!
Couvent des Jacobins: In the western part of the old town, not far from the Garonne, you will find another place that breathes history. The Jacobin convent Couvent des Jacobins! This 13th century Dominican convent is a wonderful place to enjoy peace and quiet and to escape the hustle and bustle of the city. Let yourself be enchanted by the medieval halls, cloisters and chapels and wander through the venerable walls like the old monks did back then.
Discover Toulouse: on the trail of art and culture
Rent a camper in Toulouse and explore the city in the south of France – a perfect idea for culture lovers and art lovers too! A large number of museums are spread over the entire city of Toulouse. In the beautiful Renaissance Hotel d’Assézat you will find the Foundation Bemberg, an art collection from the 16th-18th century. You can also admire paintings, sculptures & furniture from the Middle Ages to modern times in the Musée des Augustins in the former Augustinian monastery or the Musée Paul-Dupuy in the Hôtel de Pierre Besson. If you are more interested in the history of science, the Muséum de Toulouse should be on your list! Located in a former monastery, the museum also houses a large natural history collection, a botanical garden and a library.
Feasting in Toulouse: from Cassoulet to Croustade
Of course, your camping holiday in and around Toulouse should not be without its pleasures. Canned ravioli and spaghetti with tomato sauce adé! Make sure you try the regional gastronomy. You will not regret it! Whether hearty or fine dishes, savoury or sweet delicacies – Toulouse impresses with its very varied cuisine.
One of the most traditional specialities of the region is the stew cassoulet. White beans, salted pork and bacon are cooked in a ceramic pot for hours and with great devotion. The typical Saucisse de Toulouse (the “sausage of Toulouse”) can also be found everywhere in the city. This coarse bratwurst, twisted to a snail, is produced according to strict regulations and with only local ingredients and seduces with its hearty taste. But vegetarians also get their money’s worth in Toulouse and can try, for example, Chèvre chaud à la Toulouse, a warm goat’s cheese gratin filled with honey and onions. Sweet gourmets in Toulouse will not be able to resist the typical apple pie with a crispy crust, the Croustade aux Pommes! The apples are marinated in brandy for a while and then garnished with puff pastry. Got a taste for it? Then rent a camper van in Toulouse quickly!
Discover Toulouse with children
Renting a camper in Toulouse with children and exploring the city – sounds like an adventure and will be an unforgettable family holiday! Of course, not every sight is as exciting for children as for adults, but fortunately Toulouse offers lots of fun and variety for the little ones too!
Cité de l’espace: The “Cité de l’espace” museum, a theme park of the European Space Agency (ESA) about the universe and space travel, offers an absolute adventure trip for young and old explorers alike. Located in the east of the city and easily accessible by camper, the whole family can immerse themselves in the world of satellites, solar systems and space stations. There is even an IMAX cinema with exciting films about space and time!
Aeroscopia Museum: Toulouse is the city of Airbus A museum of aeronautics belongs to Toulouse, of course. Discover different real aircraft models from transport to military aircraft on a tarmac and try out your skills as a pilot on board the flight simulator with your children.
Toulouse Botanical Garden: When the weather is nice, children want to romp outside, so why not take a closer look at the huge Toulouse Botanical Garden? With seven hectares of space, there is plenty of room to romp around, discover and learn. Apart from a lot of playgrounds, there is even a small train to explore the park! And this tour is almost like a safari: various ducks, geese and swans, waterfalls and fountains – the kids will be amazed!
A boat trip on the Garonne or on the Canal du Midi: have your kids been dreaming for a long time about being captain and being at the helm with a loud ahoy? Then grab one of the round boats and take a boat trip on the Garonne or the Canal du Midi! You and your family can enjoy the old historic buildings as well as the beautiful nature of Toulouse from the water!