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
One of my favourite places in Paris. Lungs of central Paris. Very well kept and enough places and chairs to sit and enjoy a quite Parisian spring or summer or autumn day.
Ananda Mohan - 9 days ago
This garden is wonderful, my favorite part is the RC sailboats that are often seen in the garden pools. This garden is near the Latin Quarter, the Pantheon, and so many great shops and cafes. When your feet get tired (and they will), this is a great spot to relax, have a drink, and watch Paris.
Will McCormack - 17 days ago
We had good relaxing time here. In our weeklong trip to Paris, my daughter got to play in the playground, which has an entrance fee. The garden is fairly big and well maintained. There is even a small statue of liberty there.
Abhijit Kalamkar - 18 days ago
We visited the park since it was on our way to another monument. Can't say it was anything I haven't seen before, but it did look interesting enough with its pond and nice paths to make it worth our while. The little castle in the center was nice, but we didn't get to go inside sadly. There were also a few food stands, which I thought looked very folksy and simply "French." There was also the cutest little playground right next to the entrance.
Tomas Havranek - 2 months ago
Amazing park that really is excellent for children as well as Adults. My son loved it as he rode a pony, played with a model sail boat in the lake, watched a traditional puppet show, played in the playground and ate a lovely hot dog. Beautiful grounds too. Wish we had something as good as this in London. Our Royal Parks are excellent but this place has the edge.
Sarj Radia - 3 months ago