Jardins du Luxembourg

Price guide: Free

place Edmond Rostand, or rue de Vaugirard or rue Guynamer, Paris, 75006

Price guide: Free

Jardin du Luxembourg
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expert-rated things to do in Paris
Expert overall rating:4.6 out of 5
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Recommended for:
Backpackers / Students, Couples, Families with younger children, First-time travellers, Mature travellers, People watching, Relaxation, Romance

Expert review of Jardins du Luxembourg

The quintessential Paris park: made for people-watching.

 The perfect place for observing Left Bank life, the Luxembourg Gardens cram in all sorts of entertainment and an incredible cross section of people: flaneurs, dragueurs, joggers, everyone from toddlers playing in the sandpits to elderly ladies watching brass bands in summer, via boules and tennis players and lots of pick-up artists. What makes the Luxembourg gardens special, is their combinations of formal gardens, stretching out in front of the Palais du Luxembourg –built in the 17th century for Marie de Médicis and now the French Senate – and public park beloved both of Parisians and visitors, one side à la française with gravel paths, avenues of trees and sculptures, the other à l'anglaise with rolling lawns. While you're there, admire the sculpture of Cyclops looming over the Médici fountain with its ducks and big, black carp, and a collection of rare apple species. Generations of little Parisians have propelled boats around the round pond, there are cafés, swingboats, puppet shows and pony rides. The big playground has an entrance charge, but has more challenging climbing frames and slides that make it better for bigger kids who've outgrown the city's smaller playgrounds. You can't go on the grass – except for one lawn supposedly reserved for families – but there are plenty of green "Luxembourg" chairs for relaxing in the sun.

More information on Jardins du Luxembourg:

Price guide:
Park / garden, Playground
place Edmond Rostand, or rue de Vaugirard or rue Guynamer, Paris, 75006
Months open:
All year round
Opening times:
Hours vary according to the time of year between 7am-9pm in summer and 8.15am-4.45pm in winter.

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