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
I think this is a great vacation place, and relaxation place. It has very beautiful gardens, and a giant, beautiful pond. There are also trees for shade, and swans. It is in the sunlight to. The language is mainly French because you are in France here. There is also a 6 breasted animal, if your in to that sort of thing. You could bring your baby.
DOGE MAN - 10 days ago
The garden is quite big and has a lot of great spots to chill out. You can take packed lunch/buy something in the shop inside the park and enjoy it on one of the benches or chairs near the central pond. Not too crowded on odd days.
Gautam Chitnis - 20 days ago
Very nice park, with excellent kids area (cheap price to get in) and plenty of places to sit all over the park. Beautiful landscaping and trees. Loved it.
Bruce Bowman - 20 days ago
Graceful, elegant and definitely Royal! Luxembourg Gardens is probably the most unexpected treat your eyes and senses will encounter in the city of love. It's an oasis of greenry and calm. An ensemble of Majestic Palace, a large round pond, cascading waterfall amidst a Medieval sculpture, a lovely creation of creepers and sweeping Gardens.
Deepak Gutgutia - 24 days ago
A must see venue. We enjoyed two strolls through the gardens and sat in a number of spots to enjoy the atmosphere. People playing tennis, chess, sailing boats etc. The floral displays are magnificent. Our first visit was cut short by staff blowing whistles to clear the park at the end up of the day.
Beverly Drew - 1 month ago