The Luxembourg Gardens became known all around the world when Victor Hugo included it in his masterpiece ‘Les Miserables’. Spread with statues, fountains and flowers, the Luxembourg Gardens is a nice breath of fresh air close to the city centre.
Originally the park served as the garden of the Luxembourg Palace in the times when Marie de' Medici (King Louis XVIII’s widow) lived there. Nowadays the Luxembourg Palace is the home of the French Senate. The park has several monuments the most important one being the Medici Fountain, which was built in the 17th century in the Italian Renaissance manner.
Being perhaps the most romantic park in Paris, the Luxembourg Gardens does get pretty crowded on sunny days.
The Luxembourg Gardens are located in the 6th arrondissement of Paris, a few blocks to the south-west from the Notre Dame. Luxembourg is the closest metro station.
The Luxembourg Gardens are a public area, thus no entrance fee is needed.