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Le Bazacle

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Address: 11 quai Saint Pierre, 31000, Toulouse, France
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+33 5 62 30 16 00
11:00 - 18:00
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This a completely novel sort of attraction which has the added benefit of being free! Briefly it is a working exhibition put on by the French energy company EDF explaining how... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 14 February 2017
Ian G
York, United Kingdom

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York, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2017

This a completely novel sort of attraction which has the added benefit of being free! Briefly it is a working exhibition put on by the French energy company EDF explaining how they generate electricity from the the flowing river. You can see the current generating plant working and then there's an exhibition on how they produce electricity from a variety... More 

1 Thank Ian G
Toronto, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 January 2017

Our tour guide walked us thru the exterior and interior of this historic site. Admission was free. The tour was informative. Highly recommend.

Thank vdsl90
Toulouse, France
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6 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2016

it's free, while the exhibitions err on the "let's praise EDF side", the site is interesting, the underground structure makes it a nice visit, and the bench outside on the terrasse overlooking the river makes it great

1 Thank corinnebigot
London, United Kingdom
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38 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016

Le Bazacle was a series of powerful mills for grinding flour and olives in medieval times. In the early C20th it was converted into a hydro-electric power station and it still supplies power to the city as well as housing a fascinating museum.

Thank Richard C
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7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 August 2016

A great view point of the river. Good also to view it from the opposite site, next to Les Abbators gallery.

Thank minky82London
Salida, CO
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12 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 February 2016

On either side of the Garonne and the small dam called the Balzacle there are parks and open spaces and benches with lots of families and children. On the south side, cross the Pont des Catalans and take an immediate left and walk along the river. There is also an interesting wooden walkway all along the building that leads down... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 November 2015

I went there after visiting the abattoir museum. Great place to relax and let it all 'sink' down. At the other side of the river is downtown Toulouse.

Thank 622jan
Toulouse, France
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36 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2015

Fun to watch the big wheels spinnning to generate power and they have a super sun terrace. The whole place is free to get in! But the explanations of how this power station run by water power are laughably complex whichever language you read them in. Just sit on the terrace and look acrosss the river. Nice.

Thank orangecat123
Limoges, France
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202 reviews
42 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 November 2015 via mobile

We came in here as part of a long walk round the city and my husband insisted it was worth going in. Well, it was free and he was right. Nicely laid out inside and interesting if you are into hydro-electrics/engineering and that sort of thing. The highlight for me were the stunning views over the river from the walkway... More 

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Novato, California
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41 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 July 2015

The displays in the Bazacle are not very informative. There is no opportunity to really see the turbines working, and the view of the fish ladder is murky. This may be a good venue for school classes to visit, particularly if there is a docent to explain things, but for a casual visitor to Toulouse I would suggest seeing some... More 

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