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Luxembourg Gardens

You’ll find a leafy oasis within the busy Latin Quarter, complete with picturesque statues, fountains and an orchard.

Despite its grandiose beginnings as the grounds for a royal palace, the 53-acre (23-hectare) Luxembourg Gardens is known as a park of the people. 

It’s a place where students from the nearby Sorbonne University sprawl on the lawns. Children splash in the boating lake, take pony rides, or a turn on the carousel. Parisian workers seeking respite from the city’s bustle sit at quaint, shaded tables playing chess. 

Free classical concerts are held in the gazebo in the warmer months. The Luxembourg Museum, tucked in the northwest corner of the gardens, hosts major exhibitions twice yearly should you wish to head indoors. Also popular are the apiary with an orchard nearby and the marionette theater. 

Before settling on the lawn with a baguette and a book, and maybe a glass of wine from the café near the gazebo, wander through the gardens to discover the many historical structures. You may see more than 100 statues, as well as the famous Medici Foundation. The fountain is decorated with French sculptor Auguste Ottin’s famous work, Polyphemus Surprising Acis and Galatea.

The park is dotted with many interesting works of art, such as Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi’s original, small-scale model of the Statue of Liberty. Look for the sculptures dedicated to great names in the arts, such as Baudelaire, Beethoven and George Sand.

The Luxembourg Garden is located in the 6th arrondissement. The park is the garden of the French Senate, which is itself housed in the Luxembourg Palace. Entry is free; however, there is a small fee for the children’s playground. Opening hours change monthly, so check on the website before going.


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Lodging Near Luxembourg Gardens

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$152
Hôtel Michelet Odeon

Hôtel Michelet Odeon

6 place de l'Odeon, paris
4.0
of 5, from 21 reviews
2.0 out of 5.0

Located in 6th Arrondissement, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Luxembourg Palace, Luxembourg Gardens, and Sorbonne University. Notre Dame Cathedral and Pantheon are also within 15 minutes.

$208
Hotel Trianon Rive Gauche

Hotel Trianon Rive Gauche

1 bis et 3, rue de Vaugirard, Paris
3.7
of 5, from 153 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in 6th Arrondissement, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Sorbonne University, Luxembourg Palace, and Luxembourg Gardens. Pantheon and Sainte Chapelle are also within 10 minutes.

$147
Hotel Europe Saint Severin Paris

Hotel Europe Saint Severin Paris

38-40 Rue Saint Séverin, Paris
4.3
of 5, from 210 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in 5th Arrondissement, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Sainte Chapelle, Notre Dame Cathedral, and Pont Neuf. Sorbonne University and Pantheon are also within 15 minutes.

$151
Hôtel Elysa-Luxembourg

Hôtel Elysa-Luxembourg

6 rue Gay-Lussac, Paris
3.6
of 5, from 57 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in 5th Arrondissement, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Luxembourg Gardens, Sorbonne University, and Pantheon. Notre Dame Cathedral and Luxembourg Palace are also within 15 minutes.

$189
Select Hotel - Rive Gauche

Select Hotel - Rive Gauche

1 Place De La Sorbonne, Paris
4.3
of 5, from 886 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

This contemporary Paris hotel is in the heart of Paris, next to Sorbonne University, and in the Latin Quarter. Notre Dame Cathedral is 500 meters away.

$211
Hotel Le Clos Medicis

Hotel Le Clos Medicis

56 rue Monsieur-Le-Prince, Paris
4.3
of 5, from 67 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in 6th Arrondissement, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Sorbonne University, Luxembourg Palace, and Luxembourg Gardens. Notre Dame Cathedral and Pantheon are also within 15 minutes.

$158
Grand Hotel Saint Michel

Grand Hotel Saint Michel

19, rue Cujas, Paris
4.3
of 5, from 367 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Paris' popular Latin Quarter district, this hotel is one block from the Sorbonne College, the Panthéon and Luxembourg Gardens, and ten minutes from Notre-Dame Cathedral.

$222
Le Lapin Blanc

Le Lapin Blanc

41 Boulevard Saint-Michel, Paris
4.7
of 5, from 203 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in 5th Arrondissement, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Sorbonne University, Pantheon, and Luxembourg Gardens. Luxembourg Palace and Sainte Chapelle are also within 10 minutes.