Most people have a few “must see” places in Paris — the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, the Louvre — but Jardin du Luxembourg, the most beautiful large garden in Paris, is a must-see as well. Plan to spend hours here — even just 2-3 for your kids to play at the park — walking, gazing, or reading in one of the many lawn chairs available to sit down and lounge in for as long as you like.
The Jardin du Luxembourg is probably the most popular park in Paris. It is located in the 6th arrondissement, near the Sorbonne University.
The park, 22,45 hectare large , was originally owned by the duke of Luxemburg, hence the name. The domain was purchased in 1612 by Marie de' Medici, mother of Louis XIII.
The gardens were laid out in Italian style on request of Marie de' Medici. She was of Italian descent and had spent her youth in Florence at the Pitti Palace. The Boboli gardens at this palace were the inspiration for the Jardin du Luxembourg.
In the 19th century when the private park opened to the public, it was redesigned in a more French style but the original layout has been preserved.An advice for ladies: don't wear high heels, the place in plein of gravel , you wil not enjoy your time if you don't feel comfortable.
Use the metro ,station Odéon or RER Luxembourg, the entrace is free!