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This magnificent formal garden is also an open-air sculpture museum – and you can learn all about arboriculture and apiculture here too.


Opened in 1612
224,500 sq m


This garden does not belong to the City of Paris: it is run by the French Senate.
Enquiries: +33(0)1 42 34 23 89. more info here 

Don’t miss

The Médicis fountain, the view, the statues, the orchard, and the temporary photograph exhibitions on the railings.

Getting there

- Boulevard Saint-Michel, Rue de Vaugirard, Rue Guynemer, Rue Auguste Comte, Rue de Médicis (Paris 06)
- Metro: Notre Dame des Champs
- RER: Luxembourg

» Road map here 

Opening hours and pictures

See the detailed page 

Opening hours (Senate website) 

Things to do

It may be vast and prestigious, but it has not lost its neighbourhood feel – and is still the park that Quartier-Latin dwellers and habitués flock to in their free time. And don’t be surprised if you see a Dalou, Bourdelle, Rodin or Zadkine statue (there are about 100 sculptures there). Couples sit by the Fontaine Médicis, and students revise on the countless green wrought-iron seats.

Families go there, as do tennis and basketball players. And, if you have a scale-model boat, bring it to try it out in the central lake.

History trivia

Marie Médicis had this park built, but it has changed a lot since: the 19th-century Haussmann overhaul, 1870 Siege and WWII have left their marks (the Luftwaffe built underground bunkers and melted the statues). It was named after Duke François du Luxembourg (1612), who had a townhouse there.

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