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Address: 11, quai St-Pierre, 31000, Toulouse, France
Phone Number: 33 5 62 30 16 00
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Relaxing parks

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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Salida, CO
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Salida, CO
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11 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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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Arendonk
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21 reviews
7 attraction reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 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.

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Toulouse, France
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21 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 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.

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Limoges, France
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 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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151 reviews
41 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 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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Worcester, United Kingdom
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118 reviews
80 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 181 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015

EDF Bazacle is a hydroelectric plant on the banks of the river, near the weir. It blends art and science, and it is not surprising that it is a good place for parties of schoolchildren to visit. After looking through large windows to the generating plant, the visit starts with a room full of fun, hands-on exhibits on the nature... More 

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Moscow, Russia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

What a relief after all this art museums where all the paintings look similar to each other or just weird. This is a place where locals go, with their children to get some knowledge about how all this electricity thing work. But I should say many adults (as myself) come to amuse their own. I was captured by the well-prepared... More 

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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338 reviews
285 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 148 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

Le Balzacle is what in England we call a large weir (low dam) which runs diagonally across the Garonne River on the historic waterfront in the centre of the city. For 800 years its provided water power to Toulouse and since 1890 hydro electric power. Water is channelled to a spillway on the eastern bank and through a power station... More 

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Bochum, Germany
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4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2013

Nothing spectacular, but interesting enough to look at if you're going for a walk and happen to pass by. There's a little museum about water in the building you pass through to get to the viewing platforms on the river.

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Mirepoix, France
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146 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2012

Yet another FREE museum. The setting is beautiful and there are free viewing areas with binoculars you can watch the varied bird life on the Garronne through. The fish ladder is huge, too. Not just for engineer types - something for all ages and interests. Very informative and easy to understand exhibits.

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