Located within easy reach of many of our Paris holiday apartments, amidst the hustle and bustle of the busy city streets, the Jardin du Luxembourg offers a peaceful and relaxing place in which to unwind following an action packed morning of sightseeing and adventure. Adorned with picturesque scenery and boasting a great selection of facilities, the park is a Parisian delight which is definitely not to be missed. Find an apartment in Paris in the 6th Arrondissement – Saint-Germain area.
Positioned close to the city’s Latin Quarter, within an area which was originally owned by the Duke of Luxembourg, the Jardin du Luxembourg (Luxembourg Garden) is the second largest public park within the city of Paris. Spanning over an approximate area of 55 acres, the park is hugely popular with tourists and locals alike and is a place where the city’s students gather to study beneath the warm, Parisian sunshine. It is here that the French Senate also takes up residency, housed within the stunning Luxembourg Palace which was originally built in the early 1600s for the widowed Queen Marie de’ Medici. The Jardin du Luxembourg was also famously referred to in the renowned Les Miserables novel by Victor Hugo, due to its tranquil atmosphere.
Designed with a classical French layout, the Jardin du Luxembourg is bursting with an array of striking features and is home to a superb collection of fascinating fountains. The most well-known fountain in the park is undoubtedly the Fontaine Médicis, which dates back to the 17th century. Exuding a romantic ambiance, the fountain stands at the end of a small pond and also features an incredible sculpture which depicts figures from Greek mythology. The Fontaine Delacroix, which serves as a memorial to the French painter Eugène Delacroix, and the Fontaine de l’Observatoire are also amongst the park’s most notable fountains.
Around one hundred impressive sculptures and remarkable statues can also be found within the park, many of which were erected in honour of a well-known person. Included in the collection of statues are twenty female figures made up of the previous Queens of France, together with a number of renowned female saints. Several of the statues and sculptures have been influenced by Greek and Italian themes, whilst the iconic La Liberte, a miniature replica of the Statue of Liberty which was designed by the same sculptor – Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi, adds a touch of trans-Atlantic décor to the Jardin du Luxembourg.
Amongst the green open spaces, delightful pathways, magnificent apple and pear orchards and beautiful flower beds is a selection of fabulous facilities, such as a charming café, public tennis courts, an orangery and a gazebo which provides the setting for free performances of music and entertainment. The Musee du Luxembourg is also located within the park and is a museum dedicated to temporary exhibitions. For the children, the Jardin du Luxembourg offers a puppet theatre and a lovely playground complete with a children’s carousel. At the centre of the park is an enormous, octagonal basin of water, where children can have the pleasure of sailing model boats together.