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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For tourist it is just a beautiful garden. But for locals and peoples who are living in Paris it's a very beautiful place. Day evening or night you can go there Hangout and enjoy your day.
Varun Chauhan - 9 days ago
Nice place to chill out in Paris for a short while. Well manicured gardens provide beautiful backdrops for photos. When I visited there was a live brass band playing here which was lovely to listen to.
Shane Bryzak - 10 days ago
The fantastic pleasure garden in the center of Paris. It's ideal for a break, relaxing stroll, sunbathing and admiring French and English style gardens. It features statues of the French historic people, fountains and many flowers. Kids will enjoy a pond, a puppet theater and a carousel.
Zoran Trifunovic - 28 days ago
A great place for the kids. There are boats you can hire to sail on the pond in front of the main building and the kids playground is excellent. My kids especially enjoyed the zip line that goes round in an oval. There us a small entry fee for the playground but it is well worth it.
Richard Hennessy - 1 month ago
The Luxembourg Gardens is a great out of the way place to visit. The gardens are beautiful and restful. The statues surrounding the terrace of the Palace are amazing. The scattered statues through the Garden are breathtaking and another Statue of Liberty is located here. The Gardens are surrounded by restaurants that you can eat at or take out and bring into the Gardens to eat under the sky. At a leisurely pace, you can view the entire Gardens in two hours.
Ravi Capeles - 1 month ago