Created by Henry IV’s widow in 1612 to accompany her newly-acquired palace, the Jardins du Luxembourg were built by Marie d’Medici in the style of the Italian gardens of her native Florence. Although somewhat neglected by the monarchs who followed, the 19th century saw a restoration of the gardens. One of its notable features is its collection of statues of French Queens and famous French women, including Mary, Queen of Scots. Another key feature of the Gardens is the striking Medici Fountain, a long pool of water bordered by trees and built in the grotto style of Renaissance Italy. These days, the Luxembourg Palace is home to the French Senate but its Gardens are a wonderful place for a stroll or to be entertained by its marionette puppet theatre.
The Luxembourg Gardens are located on the Rue de Vaugirard and the Rue de Médicis between the zones of the Latin Quarter and Saint-Germain-des-Prés in Paris. You can reach them by taking the métro to Odéon station of the overground RER train to Luxembourg. If travelling by car, you can park on Rue Soufflot. The gardens are free to the public but opening times do vary according to the season - they may open anywhere between 7.30am and 8.15am with closing between 4.30pm and 9.30pm. Guided tours are held on the first Wednesday of the month between April and October.
There is plenty of interest in the Luxembourg Gardens. If you’re travelling as a family and the kids are getting restless, why not keep them occupied in the crèche while you explore the gardens. It’s open from May to September from 2pm to 6pm for children between 18 months and 6 years old. You can also check out a truly French activity - the ‘marionette’ puppet theatre. This takes place on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays from 2pm. You can also hire a miniature remote controlled yacht to sail around on the park’s pond. More sedentary activities available include chess and tennis.
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If you’re planning a trip to Paris, you’ll find that there’s plenty to do and see in one of the world’s greatest cities: check out Paris from above by climbing the Eiffel Tower, cruise past some of the world’s most famous monuments on a River Seine boat trip; or explore some oriental art at the Musée d’Orsay.
For more information about the Luxembourg Gardens opening hours, the nearest métro stops, and other Paris attractions such as the Panthéon, the Eiffel Tower and the Rodin Museum, please see the Paris Tourist Office.
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