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, wonderful place for a picnic. The playground area was very nice. Love that the floor is not sand. It is a soft tiled surface.
Arlette Au - 2 days ago
We visited on a fine spring day. It wasn't too busy, but the trees and gardens still a bit bare. I imagine it will be beautiful in the summer, but very busy. There were lots of chairs available. Really enjoyed just sitting by the boating pond with the house in the background.
David Shipley - 6 days ago
Its beautiful . there are plenty of activities to keep kids entertained. when the city bustle becomes too overwhelming, meander around the paths and formal garden or just relax with a picnic. It's so calm and relaxed. Fragrance of flowers surrounds you. And the beauty you see in flowers make you feel happy.
fatima zuhra - 10 days ago
By far one of the cutest places in Paris. I loved everything about the Luxembourg gardens, the liveliness, the many benches to sit and relax, random art exhibitions here and there. I would definitely recommend planning to spend some time here just to relax and send some time away from the city while still in the city. There are many good bus connections right outside the park to easily jump right back into sightseeing.
Mahsa Kashani - 14 days ago
Absolutely gorgeous! Give yourself an hour or so to explore the gardens. From the perfectly cut trees to the wonderful statues and gardens, it was one of my favorite experiences in Paris. If you enjoy sitting down in a calm and outdoor environment, I would recommend. Also a great place for photos.
Asad Jalib - 1 month ago