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Le Bazacle

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Address: 11 quai Saint Pierre, 31000, Toulouse, France
Phone Number: +33 5 62 30 16 00
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A great view point of the river. Good also to view it from the opposite site, next to Les Abbators gallery.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 17 August 2016
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London, United Kingdom
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82 reviews
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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.

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london
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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.

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Salida, CO
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6 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 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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Arendonk
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 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.

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Toulouse, France
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9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 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.

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Limoges, France
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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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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 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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Worcester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 May 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 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 April 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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 September 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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