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
Wide promenades and cozy little corners. Beautiful lights and shadows. Very quiet. Lots of places to sit and relax. Great playground for the kids.
Jose Viña - 11 hours ago
Best Garden in Paris... It's big, there are impressive playgrounds for children, interesting posh exhibits are held near the Senate.
Adrien Besnier - 8 days ago
Fun park for kids. The playground was very fun, but costs €2.50 for kids and €1.2 for adults. Toilets are available and kiosk to buy snacks and drinks. We were there in April, and the roundabout and other activities were not open, only the playground.
May Sperrevik - 19 days ago
Absolutely beautiful! My wife and I had an amazing time at the Gardens. Nice little coffee shop in the middle of the plaza made it even better! Lots of students and locals from the area gather near the pond. Great area to get insight from the community. We visited in late winter so the gardens weren't quite what we expected but I can imagine how beautiful they are in the spring/summer!
Christopher Amos - 1 month ago
Lovely place! Though the place is crowded during weekend, it is still pretty clean and tranquil. It is great place to grab a chair, sit down, and just look at people strolling by. It is also a great place to read books or find inspiration. The place have some shops selling ice cream and crepes, which is quite good but a bit too expensive. The garden also have ponies ride, slides, and other entertainment for kids. Beautiful palace also provides a very nice view. The garden is located close to RER B and lots of other metro or bus station for easy access around Paris.
Daniel Judah - 1 month ago