Paris is a dream destination for at least nine out of ten travelers in the world. Millions of visitors visit the City of Lights every year to get indulged in the charm of the city with its beautiful gardens and historic monuments. Jardin du Luxembourg is one such famous tourist spot you can consider visiting during your Paris city tours. Tourists, as well as the locals, love visiting this garden. Apart from strolling in this beautiful garden, you can also enjoy some typical French delicacies here.
The beautiful Jardin du Luxembourg is located in the sixth arrondissement of Paris between the St-Germain-des Prés and the Latin Quarter neighborhood. Not only is this place an amazing place to stroll, but also you can go for boating on artificial ponds and do many other activities too. If you are a nature lover, you can explore the thousands of flowers, shrubs, and trees planted in an area of 25 hectares. In addition, apple orchards, pear orchards, flowerbeds, and greenhouses are also there to delight your senses.
A former greenhouse named ‘the Orangerie’ is now a temporary spot for artwork and photo exhibits. For kids, there is a marionette theater, which hosts some shows in the summer. Apart from that, there is a playground area, a carousel, and boat rentals as well.
If you are interested in sculptures, this garden has more than enough treats for you. There are many sculptures of famous poets and writers like Guillaume Apollinaire, Charles Baudelaire, George Sand, and Paul Verlaine, and statues of some notable European women including Mary Queen of Scots and Anne of Austria in the garden. In the Jardin Marco Polo, located on the south part of this garden, you can see the ‘Fountain of the Observatory’ that features statues of four women who are seen holding a bronze globe, with eight triumphant horses, fishes, and other animals around them.
The Jardin du Luxembourg garden is open throughout the year and you get free entry. However, the timings can vary according to the season. The garden can be accessed mainly from three entrances; place André Honnorat, place Edmond Rostand, and rue de Vaugirard or rue Guynemer. All these entrances and some of the trails are wheelchair accessible too.
Note that during peak seasons, guided tours are available only in French. So it will be better to visit the garden with a private Paris tour guide. If you wish, you can also visit the neighboring attractions like Latin Quarter, Pantheon, old Sorbonne University, Musee Cluny, and St-Germain-des-Prés, after a visit to the Luxembourg garden.