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
It was a cloudy cool day mid 15c. The concrete paths and gravel walkways are very good to get around. Many joggers and the are universities around the area. Bathrooms were clean, there was one restaurant inside park that we walked by. Statues and fountains are fun to walk around and just relax from the city. There are multiple entrances to get into and out of the park. We took the bus (82) there from the Eiffel tower area. Very easy to do.
Anthony DeSimone - 10 days ago
This place is amazing. The gardens are lovely, when we were there they had a live orchestra playing; it was beautiful. The only reason I am not giving it 5 stars is that you are not allowed to sit on the grass. So if you plan to have a picnic in the park it will have to be on the uncomfortable benches they provide or on their gravel walkways (makes no sense to me at all). Other than that; amazing.
Molebogeng Mohuba - 14 days ago
One of the best places I have visited in Paris. Beautiful on a nice warm day with the sun out. Let the kids run around and you can grab a reclining chair and enjoy a drink and your book. A nice pond in the middle for kids to rent little boats and play for hours. It's a nice afternoon spent relaxing specially if you are a tourist and have had a busy schedule and just want some time to relax.
Megha Banerji - 19 days ago
Lovely place to just sit down and read a book or chat with some coffee. Lovely crepe stand near one of the entrances. Watching the boats on the water is also fun, I think it was something like 4€ for 15mins to sail your own, we had just as much fun watching kids and parents race around the pond after them.
Emily Keane - 27 days ago