Best time to visit Paris

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Best time of year to visit Paris

If your main intention is excellent weather with a variety of different activities, choose June to August as the best time to visit Paris. Summer is perfect to walk along La Coulée Verte and relax on the beaches on the Seine banks. However, the city usually gets overcrowded with inflated hotel prices in summer. So here you go, autumn—affordable rates, Paris Fashion Week (crowded again), beautiful foliage, and shorter queues at the main city attractions. If your trip drops between November and February, pack warm rainwear with you as the city is the rainiest during this period. Known for the same rain and mist, spring in Paris can be also dynamic and beautiful as it welcomes Marathon de Paris and offers a promenade among blooming abandoned railway.

12 THINGS TO DO IN PARIS (SEPTEMBER 30 - OCTOBER 09)

Parks and Gardens in Autumn Foliage

Parks and Gardens in Autumn Foliage

late September–November • activity

Parisian parks and gardens are beautiful at any time of the year but in autumn they become especially charming and poetic

Louvre with Shorter Queues

Louvre with Shorter Queues

September–May • activity

Whether you are a keen museum goer or not, the world's finest art is worth exploring!

Flea Markets

Flea Markets

April–October • activity

A true capital of flea markets offers countless beautiful trinkets from all historical eras

Paris Fashion Week

Paris Fashion Week

February 25–March 05, 2019 | September 23–October 01, 2019 • event

One of the world's coolest fashion parties!

Autumnal Père Lachaise Cemetery

Autumnal Père Lachaise Cemetery

late September–November • activity

This burial ground charms not only with graves of famous people but also its exceptional coziness

Catacombs: Shorter Waiting Time

Catacombs: Shorter Waiting Time

October–mid-December | January–April (except school holidays) • activity

The city of love, the city of lights, and the city of the dead—the Paris Catacombs hold 6 million skeletons

Harvest in Montmartre Vineyard

Harvest in Montmartre Vineyard

late September–early October • activity

Would you believe that a piece of the countryside could be concealed right in downtown Paris?

Disneyland Paris

Disneyland Paris

all year round • activity

Check out some of your favourite characters and attractions at Disneyland Paris

Picnics

Picnics

May–September • activity

Icons of Paris provide some of the world's most romantic settings for a picnic

Eiffel Tower

Eiffel Tower

all year round • activity

This world tourist magnet draws over 7 million visitors yearly

Palace of Versailles

Palace of Versailles

all year round • activity

Get a sense of royal lifestyle in the residence of the Kings of French Monarchy

Musée d'Orsay

Musée d'Orsay

November–March (all year round) • activity

Some of the best of French Impressionist and Post-Impressionist art is collected at one neat place on Seine's left bank

18 THINGS TO DO OUT OF SELECTED DATE RANGE

Sunset in the Arc de Triomphe

Sunset in the Arc de Triomphe

mid-May | early August • nature

A biannual natural phenomenon that was not planned by the architect of the monument

Terrace of the Galeries Lafayette

Terrace of the Galeries Lafayette

June–August • activity

This huge department store amazes with its architecture, fashion shows, and city panoramas which open from the rooftop terrace

Abandoned Railway Abloom

Abandoned Railway Abloom

March–May • nature

This densely flowered railway is an ideal refuge from all the urban fuss, and one of the most romantic walking ways in Paris

Christmas Atmosphere

Christmas Atmosphere

December–early January • event

Christmas time in Paris is adorable for a number of reasons, yet the most delightful part is the festive dinner on Christmas Eve

Marathon de Paris

Marathon de Paris

April 04, 2019 • event

It's not just about running beside world-famous monuments—music, cheese, and wine tasting wait en route too

Fête de la Musique

Fête de la Musique

June 21 • event

The longest day and the shortest night of the year shouldn't just silently pass by. Do like the Parisians—party all night long!

Nuit des Musées or Night of Museums

Nuit des Musées or Night of Museums

May 18, 2019 • event

Visit world-famous Parisian museums when they offer free admission!

Warm Up in Covered Passages

Warm Up in Covered Passages

November–March • activity

When it's cold and windy outside find a beautiful and cozy old passage and have a cup of tea or shop for souvenirs

Bastille Day or La Fête Nationale

Bastille Day or La Fête Nationale

July 14 • event

The military parade held in Paris's main avenue proves to be the largest one in Europe

Foire Internationale d'Art Contemporain (FIAC)

Foire Internationale d'Art Contemporain (FIAC)

October 17–20, 2019 • event

An opportunity to discover some of world's best contemporary art in the heart of Paris

Beaches on the Seine or Paris Plages

Beaches on the Seine or Paris Plages

early July–August • activity

When sand is brought onto the asphalt, lounge chairs, umbrellas, and cool showers are placed atop and downtown turns into a beach

La Coulée Verte

La Coulée Verte

June–August • activity

The green oasis in the middle of the city provides a great escape from a hot summer day

International Paris Air Show Le Bourget

International Paris Air Show Le Bourget

June 17–23, 2019 • event

Discover one of the largest events dedicated to space and air industry

Summer Nights at Sacré Cœur

Summer Nights at Sacré Cœur

June–mid-September • activity

This iconic basilica is a hundred times more charming when lit at night, and Paris itself seems more beautiful when observed from above

Ice Skating

Ice Skating

December–early March • activity

Only in Paris can one skate 60 metres above ground at the Eiffel Tower

Carnaval de Paris and Carnaval des Femmes

Carnaval de Paris and Carnaval des Femmes

March 11, 2018 • event

The graceful moves of the colourful procession drives away winter and brings spring

Paris Games Week (PGW)

Paris Games Week (PGW)

October 26–30, 2018 • event

The most awaited event for gamers and developers

Christmas Markets

Christmas Markets

late November–December • event

Get into the holiday spirit surrounded by famous landmarks