Jardin de Luxembourg is situated near the famous Sorbonne University in the 6th arrondisement. It is arguably the most well known and well loved park in Paris. The name comes from the fact the park was originally owned by the Duke of Luxemberg so quite literally, Jardin de Luxembourg translates as the garden of Luxembourg.
The park covers an area of around fifty-five hectares. Famously the park was bought by Marie de Medici who was the mother of Louis XIII, because of her Italian heritage she had the garden redesigned in an Italian style so that she could be reminded of her childhood spent mostly in Florence at Pitti Palace.
The Grand Bassin is a large octagon shaped pond that is situated right at the very centre of the park, one of the favourite pastimes that people enjoy here is to rent a small boat. You may also be entertained by a small puppet theatre and there are pony rides and a carousel for the children. This park is well worth a visit and it really feels like the quintessential park portrayed in so many movies. There are many nice lawns all around the central point and one can also simply make use of one of the many chairs that are around the park if you need to take a short rest from your wanderings.
A number of Watteau's garden scenes are based on the view of the garden during a period when the upkeep of the gardens was neglected and they were allowed to run wild a little. If you are familiar with his work then you might find it interesting to try to find the locations of his paintings.
This park is a favourite for couples and also is a firm favourite of chess players as well as the traditional French game of Jeux de Boules, a game that is something like jacks. There are also a number of really beautiful fountains in this park, one of the most well known is the Fontaine de Medicis, named after the famous family that originally bought the park and redesigned it. The fountain is designed in a baroque style and has been there since 1624. There are a number of statues throughout the park that attract great interest as well.
Facts For Your Visit
Official Website: Jardin de LuxembourgFee: No
Hours may be subject to change. Please verify on the official website, especially where Covid restrictions are in effect.
- Monday: 7:30 am - 9:30 pm
- Tuesday: 7:30 am - 9:30 pm
- Wednesday: 7:30 am - 9:30 pm
- Thursday: 7:30 am - 9:30 pm
- Friday: 7:30 am - 9:30 pm
- Saturday: 7:30 am - 9:30 pm
- Sunday: 7:30 am - 9:30 pm
Rue de Médicis
Phone: +33 1 40 71 75 60
Debby S. Jul-07-2021
This gem of a greenscape with a small fountain & lake just a bike or stroll away from the Seine area of Paris, was pure magic. We took off our shoes and... Read More
Marian M. Jan-04-2021
One of my favorites places in the world! Love walking inside and seeing the colors of the flowers and sculptures! Uno de mis lugares favoritos en el mundo!... Read More
Rochelle Q. Mar-19-2020
Somewhat neat the Pantheon! This place is so beautiful! A great place to walk around especially with a dog. We went in February so the trees were bare. They... Read More
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