Enjoy an autumn stroll in the Jardins du Luxembourg
Published on 10 October 2015, dans Visit Paris
With its French and English gardens, espalier orchard, apiary, greenhouses bursting with gorgeous orchids and its enchanting rose garden, the Jardins du Luxembourg offers the perfect place to enjoy the colours of autumn. Taking a stroll around this popular green space in the heart of Paris will also introduce you to magnificent buildings such as the Orangerie and the Davioud pavilion, as well as the monumental Medici fountain and the large, octagonal pool known as the Grand Bassin. This elegant Parisian oasis should not be missed when passing a few days in the capital.
A garden much loved by Parisians
With the coming of the mellow, golden softness of autumn you’ll see the parks and gardens of Paris in a different light. You will be a privileged witness to an explosion of warm hues and sunsets that are nothing less than breath taking.
At this time the Jardin du Luxembourg becomes one of the most romantic places in Paris, with cascades of leaves tumbling in chestnut glory and chrysanthemums dangling cascades of yellow and orange petals about the Grand Bassin.
Very popular with tourists, the Luxembourg nevertheless remains essentially a neighbourhood park in which generations of Parisians have sailed model boats on the pool’s placid waters, enjoyed pony rides or played on the swings before savouring the tasty delights of crêpes or an ice-cream.
As you approach the fountain, you’ll probably see students from the Latin Quarter sprawled in the park’s iconic green chairs, revising their coursework while enjoying the last rays of the sun, just as so many before them have done.
A museum of open-air sculptures
While enjoying a walk in this park dating back to the 17th century you cannot help but admire the many sculptures adorning the garden. Great artists such as Bourdelle, Rodin, Dalou and Zadkine are represented by their marvellous works. The statues are arranged in series and illustrate several themes:
- Sculptures inspired by the ancient world and mythology
- Saints, queens and famous women
- Monuments, headstones and animals.
It’s an open-air museum guaranteed to delight as you walk in the dappled shade of lime and chestnut trees, all easily reachable from the Republique Hotel.
Plenty of things to do
In the fall season, as in the rest of the year, the Luxembourg offers surprises to its visitors. Here you can play tennis, chess or boules, but also learn about beekeeping in the apiary school. Also at this time the gardens host the honey festival, during which the produce of the apiary is sold.
Children love the many activities (sandpit, slides, adventure playground, etc.) available in the safely enclosed area of the park especially dedicated to them.
They also have a wonderful time attending the shows offered by the puppet theatre. Whatever their preference, there’s plenty to keep the young ones happy.
Visit the garden: information's booklet in the website of the Senate
Picture copyright holder: Tourist Office Paris - Photographer David Lefranc
Hotel Royal Cardinal, a 2-star hotel in Paris, in the heart of the Latin Quarter