Palais du Luxembourg Tours

A highlight of the sixth arrondissement, the Palais du Luxembourg was built as a residence for former Queen of France Marie de’ Medici in 1625. Though the palace has lost none of its luster in the ensuing centuries, its purpose has changed: the once-regal address now houses the Senate, the upper house of the French parliament.

The Basics
The Palais du Luxembourg has taken on numerous guises throughout its history. Originally created as a royal palace, it served as a prison during the French Revolution, housed senators appointed by Napoleon, and was occupied during World War II. Today, it houses the French Senate; as a result, you’ll often hear the building referred as “the Sénat.” Built in the Italianate style, and inspired by Florence’s Pitti Palace, the Palais du Luxembourg is also flanked by the Jardin du Luxembourg, a manicured public park that’s among the most popular in the city.

Generally, visiting hours are limited to days when the Senate is not in session (typically Mondays and Fridays) and group tours must receive advanced approval to visit. Otherwise, walking tours through the Jardin du Luxembourg are an excellent way to get acquainted with the site and admire the palace’s impressive exterior.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • For organized group tours of the palace, the Senate recommends requesting a reservation roughly three months in advance.
  • The Senate’s debates, typically held on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, are open to the public, but visitors must obtain an invitation from a senator.
  • The Jardin du Luxembourg, modeled on Florence’s Boboli Gardens, contains numerous fountains, statues, greenhouses, and other attractions.

How to Get There
Take Métro lines 4 or 10 to the Odéon, Mabillon, or Saint-Sulpice stations, which are all located just a short stroll away. The RER B additionally stops at the Luxembourg station. Alternatively, buses 58, 84, 89, and 96 stop nearby. The site can also be accessed on foot, by Velib’, or by car.

When to Get There
During the third weekend of September, the Senate opens its doors to visitors during European Heritage Days. Otherwise, while the Palais du Luxembourg can be tricky for visitors to access, the Jardin du Luxembourg appeals to flâneurs year round. 

The Musée du Luxembourg
Located just steps from the Palais du Luxembourg, the eponymous museum is also a worthy stop. Originally located within the palace walls, it moved to its current location (in the palace’s orangery) in the 19th century. Today, it hosts a changing roster of temporary exhibitions.
Location
Address: 15 rue de Vaugirard, Paris 75291, France
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Small-Group Luxembourg Gardens Walking Tour in Paris

The Luxembourg Gardens are one Paris's top attractions: uncover their history on a 2-hour nature walk throughout the grounds. Learn the story of Luxembourg Palace and its various uses—including serving as a prison during the French Revolution—as you stroll its surrounding hedge-lined paths and meander past statues of French royalty. Stop at the gardens' Medici Fountain for frame-worthy pics. There's plenty to see and discover on this individualized small-group tour.
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Paris Left Bank Tour by 1963 Peugeot 404

Discover the iconic monuments and bohemian charm of Paris’ Rive Gauche, or Left Bank, while riding in style in a vintage 1960’s Peugeot 404. Cruise in style past famous attractions like the Eiffel Tower, Boulevard Saint-Germain, Opéra Garnier and the Musée d’Orsay while a private driver and guide shares local history and legends. Choose from a 1-hour morning or evening tour, and opt to pop a bottle of Champagne during the night ride.
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Crêpes Party at Saint-Germain-des-Près !

Learn how to make typical The French Crêpes ! I offer a "Crepes Party" a pleasant moment, friendly & festive with a real immersion in the "breton" folklore, to learn to do the real recipe of my grandmother recipe "Crêpes" & "Galette". Of course, we will talk about Parisian life, and I will share with you the good advice to help you to live your trip to Paris, like a French! To develop your "French touch" !
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