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City trip to Europe's aerospace capital

TOULOUSE
With the "Giants' Runway", La Piste des Géants, Toulouse is celebrating the centenary of the Latécoère airlines' first flight, and continuing to write the exciting story of the conquest of the sky.

DISCOVER LA PISTE DES GÉANTS

The cultural highlight of 2019

This is the cultural highlight of 2019, building a bridge between remembrance and innovation. In Montaudran, birthplace of the Toulouse aeronautical industry, 3 special areas have recently been created:  L’Envol des Pionniers ("The Pioneers' Take-off") devoted to the pioneers of L’Aéropostale, Les Jardins de la Ligne ("Gardens of the Line") created around the old runway, which is a listed Historic Monument, and La Halle de La Machine ("The Machine Hall"). This place, devoted to the La Machine company's gigantic machines designed by François Delarozière, contains 150 animated creatures for a permanent spectacle.

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VISIT LA CITÉ DE L’ESPACE

A great classic  that's always up-to-date

La Cité de l’Espace in Toulouse, the park dedicated to the European space adventure, is the ultimate day out for the family. A giant screen IMAX® cinema, planetarium, the moon-runner simulator to feel like you're walking on the moon, the Ariane 5 rocket, a spaceport just for 6-12-year-olds, the little astronauts' square (age 3 and up), the Soyuz spacecraft and the Mir space station are among the highlights awaiting visitors.
A place where researchers, astronauts and the public come together, La Cité de l'Espace is always buzzing, keeping up with all the latest news from space.

Highlight at La Cité de l’Espace: the "Moon: episode II" exhibition, from 20 April 2019, to celebrate 50 years since man first walked on the Moon.

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FLY AWAY WITH AÉROSCOPIA

Step aboard the Concorde

The only museum of its kind in Europe, Aeroscopia throws open the doors to the aeronautic adventure by exhibiting the exceptional heritage enjoyed by Toulouse, the land of the aviation pioneers. At the site located opposite the Airbus assembly hall, visitors can board a real Concorde, Airbus A330B, A400M and Super Guppy. The visit can continue with a tour of the Airbus A380 or A350 factories.

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SUMMARY

Topic: discover Toulouse "on air".

Period: all year.

Experts to meet: the enthusiasts of the Rallye Toulouse Saint-Louis du Sénégal association, the Toulouse Society for Popular Astronomy (saptoulouse.net), engineers (Sylvestre Meurice of the IRAP, Institute for Astrophysics and Planetology Research), technicians, astronauts (subject to availability), and managers of companies providing the transport solutions of the future that have just arrived in Toulouse (www.easymile.com, www.eva.xyz).

Places to go: the Hotel du Grand Balcon, Place du Capitole, used by the Aéropostale pioneers like Mermoz, Guillaumet and Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (whose room no. 32 has been faithfully recreated). The Hotel la Caravelle, an establishment from the 60s, entirely renovated on an aviation theme.