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.
Plenty of tourist attractions nearby the hotel Novotel Paris les Halles: the Marais area, Georges Pompidou center, Notre-Dame, Louvre etc. Business or leisure travelers can enjoy the culture of the city.
Located in the St. Germain neighborhood, this chic, contemporary hotel is within 0.8 km (0.5 mi) of the Louvre, Pont Neuf, Musee d'Orsay, and numerous cafés. A Metro station is 1 block away.
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.
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.
Located in 9th Arrondissement, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Folies Bergere and Galeries Lafayette. Paris Opera and Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Paris are also within 1 mi (2 km).
This 7-story Paris Beaux Arts hotel is located in the Left Bank neighborhood of St-Germain-des-Prés, 2 blocks from the Musée d'Orsay, and 500 meters from the Seine.
Located in 6th Arrondissement, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Les Deux Magots and Luxembourg Palace. Luxembourg Gardens and Pont Neuf are also within 15 minutes.
Located in 5th Arrondissement, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Sorbonne University, Notre Dame Cathedral, and Pantheon. Sainte Chapelle and Luxembourg Palace are also within 15 minutes.