Head to the Jardin du Luxembourg
From our hotel in Paris’ 6th arrondissement
Located on the border of Saint-Germain-des-Prés and the Latin Quarter, explore the Jardin du Luxembourg during your stay in Paris. Just 3 minutes on foot from the hotel (enter via Rue de Vaugirard), it’s the perfect place for old and young to while away the hours.
Established by Queen Marie de’ Medici in 1612, the Jardin du Luxembourg was inspired by the Boboli Gardens in Florence. Spread across 25 hectares, one part is in a French style while the other is in an English style. Between the two are the “geometric forest” and a large pond, where miniature sail boats are regularly seen floating. You’ll also find an orchard full of old and forgotten apple varieties, an apiary to learn about bee-keeping, greenhouses with a collection of breathtaking orchids and a rose garden, as well as a free school of horticulture where you can get extensive knowledge from the staff of the Conservatoire des Jardins du Luxembourg.
The Jardin du Luxembourg is also a paradise for sporty people and those who simply want to pass away the town alone or with loved ones. In addition to jogging, there’s a range of activities and events to enjoy here, including boules, tennis, basketball, toy boats, pony riding, puppet shows, a playground for under 12s, picnics on the public lawns, outdoor chess, concerts under the band stand, a variety of exhibitions (free photography exhibitions on the park railings), and deck-chairs for simply lounging about.