With its many sculptures, the Jardin du Luxembourg is a park in Paris where you can make a nice romantic walk. If you go there with your family, your children will enjoy the playgrounds with swings, Merry-go-rounds with wooden horses or puppet shows. You will spend pleasant moments at the Jardin du Luxembourg.
Jardin du Luxembourg, beautiful park and open-air museum in Paris
Located on the left bank of the Seine, the Jardin du Luxembourg is a magnificent extension of the palace built in 1615 at the request of the Queen Marie de Medicis after the assassination of Henry IV. The Luxembourg Palace has been home to the Senate since 1799.
This wonderful park is made up of both French and English style gardens. A geometrical wood of mixed species stretches from one side to the other. Clumps of trees alternate with lawns. Century old trees line the pathways.
The many orange, lemon and date trees and very old bitter orange trees give a Mediterranean feel to the central esplanade as soon as the warm weather comes. An orchard and a greenhouse with its beautiful collection of orchids complete the incredible diversity of vegetation.
The garden is also an open air museum. More than 100 statues and sculptures are dotted here and there, representing famous queens and ladies, artists, mythological figures as well as contemporary works.
Other interest areas in the park include the Medicis Fountain echoing the nymphs and fountains which decorate Italian gardens, a bandstand, tennis courts, a beekeeping school with 12 beehives and different leisure areas. The Davioud Pavillion houses the Luxembourg Horticultural school created in 1809, and the central apiculture company.
Stroll and activities in the Jardin du Luxembourg in Paris
Throughout the year, Parisians and tourists really appreciate the Jardin du Luxembourg. The slightest hint of sunshine is a good excuse for a stroll in the park. Merry-go-rounds with wooden horses, swings, puppet shows, playgrounds and other activities are available to amuse children. There are also two cafes serving ice creams, snacks and full meals.
Jardin du Luxembourg :
- Free entrance: the opening times change depending on available hours of daylight. For more details, please click: here.
- Entrances: Place Edmond Rostand, Place André Honnorat, Rue Guynemer, Rue de Vaugirard,
- Metro : Odéon station (lines 4 or 10)
- RER : Luxembourg station (line B)
- Jardin du Luxembourg, detailed information (in French): here.
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