Its nickname ''Pink City'' is a reference to Toulouse's Renaissance brick cityscape.
Toulouse’s red brick buildings are rooted in old French culture. This uniqueness in architecture is disturbed only by Roman and Visigoth designs, left in Toulouse as reminders of its long gone past.
Toulouse embraces the past, yet offers a stay with all comforts. From cheap hotels in Toulouse to luxury, check out them all with maps, photos and secure forms at Booked.net.
The city's name derived from a pre-Celtic word that reflects its origins well before Roman occupation. When the Romans took over the area they developed the city of Toulouse. It developed into a Roman think tank in the region until the Visigoths regency over the city in the 5th century. Toulouse saw the efforts of Arab and Francs conquests till the French took control of the city in the 1271. Under French rule the city has undergone industrialization, especially after the world wars with aircraft companies based in the city.
Toulouse's culture is injected with a 1000 years of history. You can discover more about Toulouse during sightseeing tour. Attractions include;
- Basilique Saint Sernin, a church from the 11th century under restoration by the famous architect Viollet-le-Duc
- Hôtel d'Assézat, the most impressive mansion of the city
- Les Abattoirs, a modern arts museum with a nice garden
- Les Jacobins, a church that contains relics of Thomas Aquinas, famous medieval philosopher
- Capitole, an impressive town hall
Serving as the intellectual center since Roman times, the city has a huge artistic and musical heritage. This is why so many famous people came out the city, for example Andre Maranne, famous actor who won over audiences with the role of Sergeant François Chevalier in the series of Pink Panther movies.
Besides culture, exquisite wine and cuisine, Toulouse has a love of rugby. The city's team has even won several championships in rugby, while football is also a national sport in Toulouse. You can soak in the local culture and traditions on your trip to Toulouse. Booked.net can take a hassle out of it for you if you consult our comprehensive list of Toulouse hotels.