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Jardin du Luxembourg

"Beautiful Garden"

  • March 2016

reviewed by Steph from France

Jardin du Luxembourg


The gardens of a palace

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The Jardin du Luxembourg (Luxembourg Gardens) is a local favorite. Not only does this park have amazing French and English style gardens and more than 300 years of history, but it’s also perfect for an afternoon stroll or a game of chess while the kids enjoy toy boat sailing, puppet shows, a merry-go-round and a large playground. Centrally located between the Latin Quarter and Saint Germain area, it truly is a park worth visiting.

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About this place

50 rue de Medicis, 75006
Line 10 - Cluny La Sorbonne
Line B - Luxembourg

Friday : 8:15 am - 16:45 pm
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Monday : 8:15 am - 16:45 pm Tuesday : 8:15 am - 16:45 pm Wednesday : 8:15 am - 16:45 pm Thursday : 8:15 am - 16:45 pm Friday : 8:15 am - 16:45 pm Saturday : 8:15 am - 16:45 pm Sunday : 8:15 am - 16:45 pm

Our Insiders' Article

A private garden open to the public

The Jardin du Luxembourg (Luxembourg Gardens) is an oasis of nature and history located on the left bank between the Latin Quarter and Saint Germain area. The 23 hectares (60 acres) of private land belong to the Senate, but are open to the public. Because of its beauty, history and variety of activities for kids, the Jardin du Luxembourg remains a local favorite for both young and older Parisians. 

A must do when in Saint Germain area

The best time to fully appreciate all of what the Jardin du Luxembourg has to offer is in summer. During the warm long days, lots of Parisians gather in the park for lunch (grass is off limits, stick to the comfortable metal chairs or benches), a read or a game of chess.
A playground, toy sailing boats and a puppet theater will surely please the young ones. But when it comes to the beauty of the Luxembourg Gardens, any season is fine.
The bravest Parisians even play tennis or chess in the dead of winter.

Highlights: gardens, fountains and statues

The Jardin du Luxembourg is the only park in Paris that perfectly combines 2 different garden styles: French and English. The French gardens face the Palace while the English gardens lie to the west.
The beautiful Fountain of Médicis, found on the east of the Luxembourg Palace was built in 1630 and later displaced by a few meters to where it is now.
There are 106 statues in the Jardin du Luxembourg, including one of Bartholdi’s small Statue of Liberty. The other highlights include the 20 white statues of the Queens of France, and statues of famous artists (Beethoven, Chopin, and Baudelaire).

Bee keeping

There are 4 main buildings in the Jardin du Luxembourg. The Luxembourg Palace houses the Senate. The Petit Luxembourg is the residence of the President of the Senate. The Luxembourg Museum is a small and intimate art museum (temporary exhibitions only). Finally, the Orangerie is where the park’s plants are stored during the winter.

Another curiosity is the bee keeping school (with a lot of bee hives!) in the southwestern part of the park.

More than 300 years old

In the early 17th century, Queen of France Marie de Médicis bought Duke Piney-Luxembourg’s beautiful residence and created the Italian garden of her dreams. After the Queen’s death in 1642, the palace and gardens lost their royal function, up until 1778 when future king Louis XVIII reclaimed and restored them.

During the French Revolution (1789-1799), the Palace became a prison. Relatives snuck into the abandoned gardens to communicate with the inmates.

In the early 1800’s, the evolution of Paris lead to the reshaping of the gardens. Napoleon transformed it into a park for kids. It is only in 1945 that the park got the shape it has today.

Lovers, philosophers and you

Be it royalty or prisoners, philosophers in the “Philosopher’s valley” or lovers in the Promenade des Soupirs (Alley of the Sighs), the Jardin du Luxembourg has attracted many people throughout the centuries.
Come discover the unique French and English gardens, daydream about its fascinating history or enjoy the art and entertainment it offers.

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