For all of us who come from different parts of the world to Toulouse Business School, there is an opportunity to explore the beauty of France. Since most of us live the student’s life – with a fixed budget the place that tops the list for the most budget friendly day out would definitely be Carcassonne.
Situated 93.3 kilometers away from Toulouse, in the department of Aude, Occitanie region. It is located on a hill on the right bank of the River Aude. The rivers Aude, Fresquel and the Canal du Midi flow through the town This mysterious villagelooks like an image straight out of a fairytale. Historically speaking Carcassonne was the first fortress to use hoardings in times of siege. Temporary wooden ramparts would be fitted to the upper walls of the fortress through square holes beneath the rampart itself. It provided protection to defenders on the wall and allowed defenders to go out past the wall to drop projectiles on attackers at the wall beneath. It’s strategic location between the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea has been known since the neolithic era.
Here is some quick info to have in hand before you make a visit:
Best time period to visit: Between April to September
How to reach: SNCF train – Starting 10 euros / Bus is a cheaper option for as little as 6 euros only!
Must visit while there: Cité de Carcassonne, Carcassonne lower city, Lac de la Cavyere, musée des beaux-arts, Châteaux de Lastours, Château Comta, Basilica of Saints Nazarius and Celsus
Timings: 10 am to 18.30 pm everyday
Entry ticket for students: 7 Euros (below 26 years)
Things to do: The torture chamber, a toy train ride, shopping in the streets of the small village
Also don’t miss out: The hot and delicious Crepes that comes Nutella various different flavors and Cassoulet