Enjoy the green haven of the Jardin du Luxembourg
Published on 5 April 2019, dans Visit Paris
Just a five-minute walk from the Grand Hotel Saint-Michel, the Jardin du Luxembourg enjoys an ideal location in the heart of Paris. Adjoining the Palais du Luxembourg, where the Senate currently sits, it’s one of the most important green spaces in the capital. The sunshine is coming back, so why not go for a walk, a jog or just a picnic?
The garden of the Senate
By royal command, the Jardin du Luxembourg was created in 1615 on the periphery of Saint-Germain-des-Prés and the Latin Quarter. The gardens were largely inspired by the Boboli Gardens in Florence, designed in the 16th century. Now a public park, the Jardin is divided by an avenue of trees into French-style and English-style landscape designs.
A gorgeous swathe of greenery
A popular rendezvous for tourists and Parisians alike, the Jardin du Luxembourg is a picturesque haven of rich green lawns and venerable trees. It’s lovely to relax on the benches or chairs, especially when spring is in the air. Throughout the park are scattered 106 statues, a monumental fountain, as well as an orchard and an Orangery, not forgetting the Pavillon Davioud, where regular exhibitions of paintings, sculptures or photographs are presented. A beautiful old bandstand is the venue for frequent free concerts throughout the summer months.
Activities for all
A multitude of activities await you at the Jardin du Luxembourg. Remember to bring your racket to play a set or two on the tennis courts or your balls for a game of petanque. But maybe you'd rather attend a beekeeping class at the park’s large apiary, play chess, or enjoy a puppet show along with your kids. Your tribe will also get a kick out of sailing model boats on the Grand Bassin as past generations have done before them.
Grand Hotel Saint Michel, a refined hotel at the heart of Quartier Latin