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 VisitFee: No
Address: 75006 Paris, France
Phone: 01 42 34 20 00
Official Website: Jardin de Luxembourg
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Ratedout of 5
Beautiful gardens / park in the heart of Paris' Left Bank. It is the garden of the country's Senate palace. Very historical place with statues - old and new - everywhere. It is a great place to visit a painting museum, have a hot chocolate on cold days, jog, walk under the trees, play tennis, let kids ride poney, discover a replica of the Statue of Liberty, marvel of the perspective and more.
Den S - 10 days ago
Peaceful, beautiful and calm, a jewel hidden in the city. The palace is an impressive building but the garden and the flowers and the seating make this a pleasure for tourists to just chill out to away from the crowds of more famous places. And on the other side of the palace, there is another hidden gem of Paris..
Sarcastic Tuna - 13 days ago
I went here on a lovely sunny day, and it was beautiful.. it had a lot of locals enjoying the sun, and also tourist like me wondering around and taking photos. It's a well looked after gardens with plenty of space of everyone to enjoy and relax
Vishaal Nagpal - 1 month ago
Very nice garden .. Big enough though a french friend of mine insists is not that big :p Visited it three times during my stay in Paris. French people visit this beautiful garden for a variety of reasons: exercise and practicing sports like tennis for example (there are indeed several tennis courts), walking and walking their pets, relaxing on very comfortable chairs, reading. Bottom line: Luxembourg Gardens are worth at least one visit :)
Zakaria Nadir - 1 month ago
Great place to have a picnic and people watch. Perfectly manicured grass that make sleeping in a park seem like a reasonable life choice. The lawns are well kept and people are only allowed on the southernmost lawn facing the front. Gardens close at 2100h at which point the park guardians go to town with their issued whistles.
Timothy Ho - 2 months ago