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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.
Located in Paris City Center, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Ile de la Cite and Sainte Chapelle. Notre-Dame and Sorbonne University are also within 10 minutes. Saint-Michel Station and Paris Saint-Michel - Notre Dame Station are within a 2-minute walk.
Located in Paris City Center, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Place de Clichy, La Machine du Moulin Rouge, and Theatre Mogador. Galeries Lafayette and Boulevard Haussmann are also within 15 minutes. Liege Station and Place de Clichy Station are within a 5-minute walk.
Located in 12th Arrondissement, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Jardin des Plantes and AccorHotels Arena. Notre-Dame and Centre Pompidou are also within 2 mi (3 km). Paris Gare de Lyon is only a 4-minute walk and Gare de Lyon Station is 6 minutes.
This family-friendly Paris hotel is located in a shopping district, within a 10-minute walk of Le Bon Marche and Saint-Sulpice Church. Luxembourg Gardens and Odeon Theatre are also within 15 minutes. Sevres Babylone Station and Rennes Station are within a 5-minute walk.
Located in Paris City Center, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Saint-Sulpice Church, Orsay Museum, and Palais Royal. Le Bon Marche and Ile de la Cite are also within 15 minutes. Saint-Germain-des-Pres Station is only a 4-minute walk and Rue du Bac Station is 6 minutes.
Located in 12th Arrondissement, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Canal Saint-Martin, AccorHotels Arena, and Opera Bastille. Place de la Bastille and Pitie-Salpetriere Hospital are also within 1 mi (2 km). Paris-Gare-de-Lyon Station and Paris Gare de Lyon are within a 2-minute walk.
Located in Paris City Center, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Rue Cler and Les Invalides. Champ de Mars and Eiffel Tower are also within 15 minutes. Ecole Militaire Station is only a 2-minute walk and La Tour-Maubourg Station is 6 minutes.
Located in Paris City Center, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Sorbonne University and Pantheon. Luxembourg Gardens and Odeon Theatre are also within 10 minutes. Paris Luxembourg Station is only a 3-minute walk and Cluny - La Sorbonne Station is 5 minutes.