Visit Luxembourg Gardens Paris
aris is a city filled with marvels and one of these marvels is its gardens. Lush green expanses filled with life and history represents a rather important part of the culture that Paris holds its fame for. Among those gardens is a very special place by the name of Luxembourg Gardens. This particular oasis of terraces built with utmost formality, lush green lawns and chestnut groves is one of the most beloved spots in the hearts of all Parisians.
These gardens were dedicated by Napoleon himself to Paris’ children. The Grand Bassin pond has been an important part of many of the old residents of Paris as they spent a major time of their childhood playing around it in wooden sailboats. Performances were held in the Théâtre du Luxembourg and carrousel rides were enjoyed for a long time. All these fun filled activities are still present here today and there have been further additions too with modern playgrounds and several game venues. In short, Luxembourg Gardens have become one of the most important and cherished tourist venues in all of Paris. Read on to find out more about this enchanting place.
In 1620s the Palais du Luxembourg was built for Marie de Medici who was a companion of Henry IV and the purpose of building this beautiful palace along with its magnificent gardens was to ease Marie’s longing for Florence’s Pitti Palace since she had spent her childhood in that palace. The Luxembourg Palace, along with its gardens captures the air of Pitti Palace in a very personal and involving manner.
The Luxembourg Gardens host a vast variety of plants and trees which include dozens of varieties of apple trees too. The Rucher du Luxembourg is also home to honey bees that produce honey in a rather huge amount. Visiting the gardens in September will allow you to be a part of the two day long Honey Festival too. The gardens provide a backdrop to the magnificent Palais du Luxembourg which was built in 1620s. There are also several orange and lemon trees, oleanders, palms and grenadiers being grown for centuries in the orangery of the palace.
The Luxembourg Palace itself has been home to the French Senate since 1958. One of the places you can tour while visiting the Luxembourg Gardens is the Luxembourg Museum which hosts very impressive exhibitions of contemporary art. Marie de Medici’s home, which is adjacent to the Hotel du Petit Luxembourg, has been home to the Senate’s president since 1825.
Planning your visit
The gardens aren’t a place where you can spend the whole day enjoying fully fledged picnics. Most of the area of the gardens is off limits to general public and there is only a small area along the southern boundary where people are allowed to spend time. So the best thing to do is to simply bring along a comfortable chair, preferably the metal chairs from 1923 found in the same area and grab a nice spot to relax. After all that’s what all Parisians visiting the Luxembourg Gardens do.
The Luxembourg Gardens are a marvel unlike any other and visiting these magnificent grounds is an opportunity you don’t want to miss.