The quaint city of Toulouse has much to offer including a trip through the history of space that is only a mere 20 minutes from the center. It’s the center of the European aerospace industry and home to the largest space center in Europe. On the banks of the River Garonne, Toulouse is very unique with beautiful architecture that only adds to the reasons why you must make this city top priority to visit! With Renfe-SNCF en Coopération’s high speed trains you can get to Toulouse from many different locations and start your journey through time!
The Cité de l’Espace was opened in 1997 as a theme park that contains many artifacts and exhibits directly related to space and the conquest of space. This is a very popular tourist destination in Europe, which has been called “the pink city” due to the pink color that is within the bricks of the buildings. Other than the architecture, the biggest drawing factor for tourists and visitors is without a doubt the Cité de l’Espace (City of Space).
This theme park contains full-scale models of the Soyuz module, Mir space station and the Ariane 5 rocket, which stands 55 meters (180 feet) tall. There is also a large planetarium as well as interactive exhibits such as a control room where the visitors can prepare the launch of a rocket and put a satellite into orbit. In addition to this there is a presentation in the Terr@dome that describes in depth the history of space throughout time as well as another even larger planetarium, the Stellarium, that shows IMAX films, which depict the life on board a space shuttle as well asother various films surrounding space and the conquest of space.
This incredible city will not only give you a great trip but the experience of a lifetime with a journey through time and on board a space shuttle at the Cité de l’Espace. Haven’t you always wondered what it was like to travel to space? Well wonder no more and book your trip to the unique city of Toulouse, France now! While in France you shouldn’t miss out on a visit to the beautiful cities of Marseille and Carcassonne! Click the links to learn more about these magnificent cities!