The autumn colours make one of Europe’s most beautiful cities look even more beautiful. Strolling through the fallen leaves of the Tuileries Gardens and getting away from the hustle and bustle of Paris for a moment is a great way to breathe in the city.
Parisian parks offer the most beautiful autumn colours. Browns, yellows and greens stand out against the facades of historic French buildings, such as the Louvre Museum.
This central lung of Paris located between the Louvre Museum and the Place de la Concorde became a public park after the French Revolution.
Created by Catherine de Medicis in the 16th century, this park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1991 and is included in the list of the banks of the Seine.
Eiffel Tower and Seine
The reddish colour tinges the Eiffel Tower on an autumn evening as the boats sail along the Seine.
Eiffel Tower, with Trocadero Gardens and Champ de Mars
When autumn arrives, the surroundings of the Eiffel Tower also change colour. On the one hand, the Trocadero Gardens, located at the foot of the observation deck, is a charming spot created for the 1937 exhibition. Fountains and sculptures accompany you on your walk. On the other, the Champ de Mars, a former vegetable garden and military manoeuvring ground that has been the scene of many important events for the city and now offers one of the most romantic views of Paris.
The city has innumerable viewpoints from which to appreciate the colour of the trees in autumn, tinting its most beautiful boulevards.
On the banks of the Seine
A stroll along the banks of the Seine at sunset or sunrise allows you to play with the light, the water and the beauty of Paris at its best.
World Heritage Site
The two banks of the Seine and the monuments they contain have been listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites since 1991. The trees that accompany the river as it flows through the city (plane trees, Italian poplars, quaking poplars and a few willows in particular) give it its special colour in autumn.
The gargoyles of Notre Dame
One of the best views in Paris is of the medieval gargoyles of Notre Dame. These solitary and silent guardians of the Cathedral defy the passing of time and the seasons from on high.
The Sacré Coeur
The Sacré-Coeur and the bohemian streets of Montmartre find their perfect ally in this season of the year. The painters’ square, the smell of coffee, the chestnut season. Smells and colours.
The cemeteries of Paris are another good place to discover and enjoy autumn in the city. Lose yourself in their labyrinths of tombstones and grey stone crypts surrounded by trees as you search for the final resting place of a historical figure.
In the Montmartre Cemetery you can find the graves of the writers Alexandre Dumas (son) and Stendhal, the painter Edgar Degas, the scientist Leon Foucault and the composer Hector Berlioz.
The Bir-Hakeim Bridge
The Bir-Hakeim Bridge is reborn in autumn and demonstrates why it is one of the most iconic bridges in Paris. Built in 1878, it offers unrivalled views of the Eiffel Tower.
The Arc de Triomphe
One of the French capital’s most beautiful monuments in autumn. The Champs Elysées are dyed in autumn colours and the surrounding trees are cleared of leaves to reveal the arch in the centre of the Place Charles de Gaulle.
Views from the Arc de Triomphe
There are several viewpoints in Paris from which you can get spectacular panoramic views of the city that will surprise you at this time of year. One of the best ways to see the autumn colours of the City of Light is to climb to the top of the Arc de Triomphe.
The sculpture garden of the Musée Auguste Rodin also becomes amazing during autumn. The golden hues of the leaves surrounding the sculptures bring out their beauty even more at this time of year, before winter leaves the trees bare and the garden takes on a nostalgic air.
Alexander III Bridge
From the Pont Alexandre III bridge, which links the Invalides with the Grand and Petit Palais, you can also see the Eifell Tower and the banks of the Seine and its autumnal colours. Inaugurated for the Universal Exhibition of 1900, it is one of the most emblematic places in the city for a stroll at this time of year.
Designed at the behest of Marie de Medici in the early 17th century, the Luxembourg Gardens are a great place to visit in Paris in autumn. Centuries-old trees, impressive statues and charming nooks and crannies add to the charm of one of the city’s most popular parks.
Walks and terraces
Before the arrival of winter, the weather is still warm enough to take a comfortable stroll or enjoy the last days of warm temperatures. This is the time to take advantage of the terraces to catch your breath and relax with a delicious chocolate (or tea or coffee).