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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Love to take a burrito at chipotle next door and come over here to eat it, perfect! We visited this palace in October, though it was not open to go inside the palace that day, but we took a round around it and the beautiful gardens surrounding this palace. After walking the whole day we just sat in the gardens in a relaxing beach chair, lots of free chairs are there, and had amazing view of palace across the pond in front of it. It was really and amazing view and very relaxing. Also don't forget to take a walk around the garden, its really beautiful as well.
Bryan Mestre - 3 days ago
One of my favorite places when visiting Paris. Great place to pass time whether you like to run or just people watch. Near Latin quarter and with great facilities. If you are just visiting, drop by a local shop to get some french food for a picnic!
Lorcan Law - 5 days ago
The garden is a fantastic place ideal for those who want to spend a few hours relaxing outdoors. The garden presenting a rich vegetation and many monuments like Medici Fountain. In midwinter seems sad but It's ever a stunning place.
G C - 7 days ago
Free entry! If you have free time in Paris after your Eiffel tower, tours and etc you can walk around beautiful garden with lots of trees and statues. Kids will enjoy surely. Click the photos in front of Palace inside the garden. You can even play electronic boats in pond present in the garden
nilesh chudappa - 7 days ago
Lovely place to go and spend some free time. People come here for spending leisure time, you can see kids playing with artificial boats in small fountain at the center. Several courts are also available to play some games. Garden is beautiful and the fact that it is exactly opposite to a nice government building makes it even more beautiful. Lots of open area available to have a home made family lunch. Entry is free.
Kamal Dhawan - 1 month ago