The 6th arrondissement of Paris is located in the center of Paris (France), on the left bank of the Seine.

Under the terms of article R2512-1 of the General Code of Local Authorities (regulatory part), it also bears the name “arrondissement of Luxembourg”, but this name is rarely used in everyday life.

There we find in particular the tourist district of Saint-Germain-des-Prés and the Luxembourg Garden, in which the Senate is located. It brings together prestigious cultural institutions such as the Institut de France, the Odéon theater or the École des beaux-arts. The southern part adjoins the Montparnasse district.

However, it is first and foremost a wealthy residential district, the most expensive in the city in terms of real estate prices per square meter.

It is bordered to the west by the 7th arrondissement, to the north by the Seine and the 1st arrondissement, to the east by the 5th arrondissement and to the south by the 14th and 15th arrondissements.

The current 6th arrondissement, dominated by the Abbey of Saint-Germain-des-Prés—founded in the 6th century—was the heart of the Catholic Church’s power in Paris for centuries, hosting many religious institutions.

In 1612, Queen Marie de Médicis bought an estate in the district and commissioned architect Salomon de Brosse to transform it into the outstanding Luxembourg Palace surrounded by extensive royal gardens. The new Luxembourg Palace turned the neighbourhood into a fashionable district for French nobility.

Main sights

Café Procope

Jardin du Luxembourg

Institut de France

Luxembourg Palace (Senate)

Monument to Marquis de Condorcet

National Eugène Delacroix Museum

Odéon-Théâtre de l’Europe

Saint-Germain-des-Prés (church)

Saint-Sulpice church

Main streets

Boulevard Raspail (partial)

Boulevard Saint-Germain (partial)

Boulevard Saint-Michel (partial)

Rue de Rennes

Main bridges

Pont des Arts

Pont Neuf

Pont Saint-Michel


Paris metro and RER (lines and stations)

(M) (4) (Saint-Michel, Odéon, Saint-Germain-des-Prés, Saint-Sulpice, Saint-Placide, Montparnasse – Bienvenüe and Vavin).
(M) (10) (Duroc, Vaneau, Sèvres – Babylone, Mabillon and Odéon).
(M) (12) (Sèvres – Babylone, Rennes, Notre-Dame-des-Champs and Montparnasse).

The 6th arrondissement is also served by the following RATP bus lines: 21 27 28 38 39 58 63 68 70 82 83 84 86 87 89 91 92 94 95 96.

Main facts

  • Area 2.154 km2 (0.832 sq mi)
  • Population (January 2020) 39,625
  • Density 18,396/km2 (47,650/sq mi)
  • INSEE code 75106

See more:

20 arrondissements of Paris

Architecture of Paris

Museums of Paris

Entertainment in Paris

Bridges in Paris

Parks in Paris

Streets and squares in Paris

Shopping in Paris

Transport in Paris

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