The main entrance

So imagine entering a mad scientist lab… what would you see? Well, that would be my first impression of Halle de la Machine, there are all sorts of contraptions and gadgetries around. From giant arachnids to smaller mock-ups/prototypes of the gigantic monsters.

Getting There

I traveled from Jeanne D’Arc station (towards Ramonville) and alighted at Rangueil station, and from there it’s just a 7-minute bus ride (Bus 23) and alighted at Jardins de la Ligne. It was just under 40 minutes to get from Toulouse city centre to Halle de la Machine.

Long Ma or its full name 龙马精神

From afar, I could already see the two majestic and mystic beasts welcoming visitors near the entrance. Namely, the Minotaur and Long Ma. Both beasts have got “pavilion” looking on their backs, giving you the idea that a fun ride beckons!

Unfortunately, you would have to be really lucky to be able to book the ride (paid of course) and as it was a spontaneous visit, I had made the mistake of not making the booking earlier but nonetheless, you could experience the beasts from the ground and I along with many visitors could follow these beasts as they tour around the compounds of the Halle de la Machine. It’s not just a kiddy ride but both beasts squirt water playfully and the Long Ma even breathes fire! (I mean what’s a dragon without its fiery breaths!)

Minotaur

Everything in here has got that steampunk blended with Leonardo Da Vinci’s design style. Everything is mechanical and you could even spot daily objects like bicycle chains, scissors, and screwdrivers being used as parts to create Mad Max inspired items.

Besides exploring the exhibits on your own, they also have guides who act as performers entertaining visitors both young and young at heart!

For food options, there is the Minotaur Cafe (you don’t need to buy a ticket for the cafe), and Halle de la Machine is located near other food options like pizza and there’s even a cinema theatre nearby.

Watch the quick highlights

How much time to spend?

I reached the place at around 11:30 in the morning and left at about 4 in the afternoon. I thought it was just about the right time to spend here, as you can take your time to look at the intricacies of the machines, and also experience the tour (I think they call it Voyage) of the beasts whether you are a passenger or just following around as the beasts strut majestically.

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