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Parks and Gardens in Autumn Foliage in Paris

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

Best time: late September–November

Parks and Gardens in Autumn Foliage
Parks and Gardens in Autumn Foliage
Parks and Gardens in Autumn Foliage
Parks and Gardens in Autumn Foliage
Parks and Gardens in Autumn Foliage

While some days might be very cold and wet, the others are still warm and cozy. Aesthetes and romantics will definitely enjoy probably the finest light of the year during autumn. This means that the season of warm hues might be the best time for wandering around the city. Especially in wonderful Parisian parks and gardens.

The first one not to miss is Le Jardin du Luxembourg, huge and very famous park with big old trees, cosy alleys, chairs which you can move where you like and playground for ping-pong, badminton and, of course, boules. In early autumn you'll even see some palm trees in large wooden pots. One of the main attractions of the park is also the beautiful fountain of Maria Medici.

Another picturesque place is the Square Jean XXIII behind Notre-Dame de Paris. This pleasant spot is perfect for taking a break for a snack while admiring the gothic cathedral beneath the trees in full autumnal foliage. The best time to go there is either early morning or evening otherwise, you'll find dozens of tourists and no free benches.

In the middle of the noisy le Marais you'll find a charming garden inside the Carnavalet museum. This inner courtyard with carefully cut bushes is open and accessible to anyone, you just have to go through the museum where the entry is also free. But this place is so cosy and beautiful you want to spend here at least all day drinking coffee and reading a book.

The garden next to Auguste Rodin museum is also amazing during autumn. In fact, the beauty of the sculptures is emphasized by the hues of the leaves and the special atmosphere. Visit this garden if you want to sit back and fully enjoy fine art in such a poetic background.

Practical info

What is the time frame for viewing autumn leaves in Parisian parks and gardens?

Between late September and November is the perfect time to experience the beautiful autumn leaves in Parisian parks and gardens. It's a season where parks and gardens are painted in beautiful warm colors, creating picturesque backdrops for visitors. However, it's essential to consider the weather before making any plans to avoid unpleasant surprises, especially since some days can be wet and cold. Show more

What are some free activities that one can enjoy at Le Jardin du Luxembourg?

At Le Jardin du Luxembourg, guests can engage in several free activities such as picnicking on the grass, meandering through the beautiful park paths, playing tennis or table tennis, visiting the palace or the beautiful Medici fountain, or reclining on one of the park's chairs while admiring the view. The park also features several cafes and restaurants that are perfect for refreshments. Show more

What is the ideal time to avoid crowds when visiting Square Jean XXIII?

If you desire some peace and quiet at Square Jean XXIII, try visiting earlier in the morning or in the evening to avoid the crowds. During the day, the location is usually inundated with tourists, which can make finding an empty bench challenging. However, during quiet periods, visitors can relish the beautiful park and admire the autumnal trees and Gothic cathedral while munching on some snacks. Show more

Where can a charming garden be found within the Carnavalet museum?

Within the bustling le Marais, the Carnavalet museum features a delightful and charming garden within its inner courtyard. Although the garden is accessible to anyone, visitors must first go through the museum, where entry is free. The garden is brimming with carefully cut bushes that create a cozy and beautiful environment. Here, visitors can read a book, sip coffee, and relish the tranquil environment for a whole day if they wish. Show more

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