Luxembourg is the name given to the area surrounding the Luxembourg Palace in the 6th arrondissement of Paris. Being centrally located on the south bank of the Seine, the neighbourhood is a hugely popular place to stay for both business and leisure travellers and this is reflected in the huge selection of Luxembourg accommodation. Whilst many visitors will be happy to stay in a hotel or guesthouse, those looking for a more comfortable experience - particularly those on a longer stay - may find that Luxembourg serviced apartments offer the ultimate solution.
The following are a selection of the best Luxembourg apartments, as offered by TheSqua.re:
These apartments offer many of the conveniences of a traditional hotel, such as room cleaning and reception, but they also have the added advantage of full kitchen facilities, private access and a host of other conveniences, such as home entertainment and furnished bathrooms.
Luxembourg is part of the 6th arrondissement and therefore located in the very heart of Paris - making it one of the most popular areas for anyone looking for a true experience of the French capital. Not only is Luxembourg home to several landmarks and points of historic interest, but it’s also just a short walk from several other world-famous attractions - including the Louvre, Notre Dame Cathedral, and St Germain des Pres. Luxembourg itself is famous for its palace and gardens and anyone looking to enjoy views of these will want to find accommodation along Rue de Vaugirard or Rue d’Assas. Alternatively, those looking to explore the wider 6th arrondissement will find that Rue de Racine offers excellent walking and transport between the local neighborhoods. Finally, anywhere located along Rue du Four will be ideally situated to enjoy the shops and amenities of the local high street.
The sixth arrondissement is home to some of Paris’s most desirable neighborhoods. It is perhaps telling that King Louis XIII chose one of those locations - Luxembourg - as the site of a palace for his mother in the 17th century. Since then, Luxembourg Palace and the surrounding area has had an interesting history. Below are a few facts about Luxembourg:
Luxembourg is right in the heart of Paris, so visitors to the area will never be short of things to do. Famed for its classical architecture, traditional cafes and its sprawling eponymous gardens, Luxembourg is one of the most pleasant areas of Paris and a popular place to simply relax and take in the sights. However, thanks to its central location, the 6th arrondissement also offers a wealth of other attractions and things to do.
Q. Is there more to Luxembourg than the palace and its gardens?
The sprawling palatial gardens are undoubtedly a major part of Luxembourg’s appeal, however, the area also has a modern shopping area with cinema, restaurants and other leisure facilities.
Q. Are there any free things to do in Luxembourg?
The Jardin du Luxembourg is not only one of the most beautiful places in the whole of Paris, but it is also completely free to enter. The area also features some stunning architecture, with many people flocking to photograph the beautiful doors and fixtures - again, all for free.
Q. Is Luxembourg close to any other famous locations?
Luxembourg is just south of the Seine, in the center of Paris. Those staying in the area will find a famous landmark no further than ten minutes walk in any direction. Across the river is the most famous museum in the world - the Louvre - whilst Notre Dame cathedral is just a stone’s throw away from Luxembourg.
Q. What are some romantic activities near Luxembourg?
Luxembourg and neighboring Saint Germain boast the most romantic ambiance in Paris, with their quaint bistros, stunning gardens, and old-world charm. As such, Luxembourg is the perfect place for a romantic meal followed by a stroll around the palatial grounds.
Luxembourg offers visitors easy access to a huge amount of Paris landmarks - most of which are just a short walk from the neighborhood. Below is a selection of some of the most well-known landmarks and attractions which are either within Luxembourg itself or within walking distance:
Luxembourg exhibits France’s world-famous gastronomy on just about every street. The area surrounding the gardens has plenty of traditional brasseries, including La Table du Luxembourg - which is in the gardens and offers stunning views. Alternatively, there are also several excellent places towards the more commercial areas, such as Chez Fernand, Brasserie O’Neil, and Le Composite. Those seeking a more formal dining experience also have options including Le Ciel de Paris Restaurant, Helene Darroze, La Truffiere or Le Petit Prince de Paris - all of which offer contemporary French cuisine in elegant settings.
The 6th arrondissement has plenty on offer when it comes to street food. Establishments such as Le Societe and Le Pre AUD Clercs have gained a cult following for their simple yet delicious takeout options whilst snack vendors such as the Creperie, Hot Vog, and Monts et Rizières | Vietnam Street Food are also great places to pick up a quick bite. However, anyone looking to enjoy delicacies should head to one of the arrondissement’s food markets on the rue de Buci. Alternatively, La Grande Epicerie de Paris is a sprawling food hall, offering everything from local specialties to international street food.
Like most central Paris districts, Luxembourg has its fair share of shopping opportunities - most of which are to be found towards the east of the gardens. Boulevard St Michel, for example, features outlets from several global brands, including H&M, Mac cosmetics, and Gap, as well as Parisienne fashions. Those seeking quirkier shopping opportunities also have the option to walk up to the famous Latin Quarter shopping street, which has plenty of independent retailers, craft shops and small fashion boutiques.
Further to Boulevard St Michel, there are also several malls and shopping centers nearby, including:
Luxembourg benefits from Paris’s superb public transport infrastructure, being accessible by overground trains (RER) the metro and bus. Buses along boulevard St Germain or Rue de Grenelle connect Luxembourg with just about every other region in central Paris, whilst the RER express runs through the RER Luxembourg station and travels from Saint-Remy-Les-Chevreuse all the way to Charles de Gaulle airport. Luxembourg is the local metro station, but there are also several others nearby, including some for famous locations. These include:
Transport around the city can be paid for using the Paris Visite travel pass, which costs €38.35 for a five-day pass, which offers unlimited travel via public transport.
Paris weather is typical of western Europe in that it features distinct seasons. Winter months are inevitably the coldest and can see temperatures in December and January often dropping to around 0 degrees, even pushing below freezing at night time, before starting to pick back up in Spring. Typically, July and August are the warmest months for the city, with temperatures reaching over 28 degrees on average during the hotter periods. Weather in September and October is often the most desirable, as during these months it is cooler than the height of summer but typically still dry, making this a popular time of year to visit the city.