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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We have a good time visiting in the summer, but if you are going in the same season, experience the gardens first, in the morning when is still not to hot, and then do the inside of the castle. We eat at Angelina restaurant and it was a little over price but really good, there are a couple of cafes that will do it fine if you don't want to spend dinner fare for lunch.
Dario Chaviano - 7 days ago
Green spaces in the city is always a hit. Nice gardens, lots of places for kids to play and running/Jogging tracks. Complete with fountains and botanical gardens! Loved it
DMP MAccount - 8 days ago
Always charming and relaxing to stroll through here. Grab a chair by the fountain and watch little kids sail their toy boats. The public toilets are surprisingly clean too.
M. Hanson - 12 days 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 - 22 days ago
Beautiful to walk through during the day, or enjoy a baguette picnic lunch. Sadly, the gates are closed during the early morning so your morning runs will be around the gates - lots of Parisian runners to keep you company though! There seems to be an unspoken 'no one on the grass' rule, so people only sit on the chairs provided in the gravel areas - a concept foreign to most Australians. A bit weird to bask in the sun and not be lying down on the grass with your eyes closed. Still a lovely place.
Beverley Miles - 25 days ago