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One of Paris's most famous parks, Luxembourg was originally established in the 1600s surrounding the Palais du Luxembourg (now the French Senate). Not until the 19th century, however, were its grounds... Read More
One of Paris's most famous parks, Luxembourg was originally established in the 1600s surrounding the Palais du Luxembourg (now the French Senate). Not until the 19th century, however, were its grounds opened to the public. The park is known for its elaborate Médici fountain, ornamental statues and for its manicured design. While many folks come simply to enjoy its beauty, the park also invites people to play a game of tennis or chess or sail a model boat across the water. It's worth seeking out where the covered beehives are kept, on the rue Guynemer side of the park. You might just get a glimpse of the white-suited beekeepers. Kids love Luxembourg's puppet shows, playground and pony rides and everyone enjoys just sitting back and relaxing.
- Free Things to Do: "Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas lived in this neighborhood, long before it was a fashionable neighborhood to live in. Since reading is one of the things to do here, why not start on Gertrude Stein's Paris, France memoir that you didn't quite get to in college ?"
- Best for Free Things to Do Because: The closest sprawling, welcoming gardens near St.-Germain-des-Prés, the Luxembourg Gardens are an easy place to wile away a warm afternoon.