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Paris in the Autumn

Updated on November 11, 2016

Paris Metro sign in autumn


The French capital in the autumn

Paris the capital of France is one of the most popular cities in Europe and with good reason. Famous for its landmark Eiffel Tower, Paris has many attractions for tourists. Paris changes with the seasons and autumn is an excellent time to visit the city to see why.

As autumn advances the leaves of deciduous trees in parks and gardens change colour and fall. These autumn leaves in shades of brown, red and golden yellow add a touch of visual wonder to Paris and are an inspiration for artists and photographers.

Leaf with a view


Parc de Sceaux

Parks in Paris, such as the Parc de Sceaux, are transformed by autumn’s gentle touch. This park is well worth visiting at other times of the year too, of course, and in spring it becomes a visual delight because of the cherry blossom.

Parc de Sceaux has fountains, waterfalls and canals among its attractions and was designed by famous French architect Andre Le Notre.

Parc de Sceaux in autumn


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Jardin du Luxembourg

The Jardin du Luxembourg is another park in Paris well worth visiting in autumn when the fallen leaves add their magical touch. Strolling in the park or sitting and relaxing in the autumn sunshine makes for an enjoyable Paris experience.

Originally created in 1612, the Luxembourg Gardens, as the park is also known, is split into two sections with an English garden and a French garden. Amongst the features and attractions of the Jardin du Luxembourg are an orchard and an apiary where you can learn about beekeeping.

Autumn at the Jardin du Luxenbourg in Paris


Jardin du Luxembourg


Paris Autumn Festival

But it is not just the autumnal colours that help bring Paris alive at this time of year because the city celebrates with the Paris Autumn Festival.

This event is held every year from mid-September through to the middle of December, and is an arts festival that attracts artists and performers from all over the world. As well as visual art, including paintings and sculpture, there are film shows, theatre and dance performances.

Many people come to Paris in the autumn, especially for this festival and all visitors to the French capital need accommodation in the city. Fortunately, Paris has a very wide range of hotels, as well as apartments that can be rented.

Gymnopedie No.1 ~ Erik Satie ~ Paris in the Autumn

Paris in France

Fête des Vendanges de Montmartre

No visit to Paris would be complete without sampling some of the fine wines drunk there and in October, high on a hill of the Montmartre there is an event known as the Fête des Vendanges de Montmartre which celebrates grape and wine production.

Admittedly Paris can get chilly and wet at times as autumn progresses, but the autumnal colours and the festivals and other events held this season make the city a very pleasurable experience and a very good reason for visiting France.

1st September in Paris


© 2015 Steve Andrews


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      Steve Andrews 2 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal

      Enjoy your visit or visits!

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      Karen A Szklany 2 years ago from New England

      I was in Paris at Springtime back in 1986. I look forward to returning for a Victor Hugo tour of Paris...and hope there is one that's held in autumn. If not, we'll have to go twice. ~:0)

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      Steve Andrews 2 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal

      Thank you for commenting!

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      Sajesh 2 years ago from India

      Paris is one of the beautiful place in the world to visit, also its having an extra beauty when coming the autumn season.

      Thanks for the amazing information.

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      Steve Andrews 2 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal

      Thank you, annart, for commenting and appreciating my hub! I am glad to hear you have been to Paris.

      Thank you too, Sheila!

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      SheilaMilne 2 years ago from Kent, UK

      I was fortunate enough to live in the outskirts of Paris for a few years, so yes, I was there in the autumn. I particularly remember the winters though, very cold but with clear blue skies.

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      Ann Carr 2 years ago from SW England

      I love Paris at any time of year; it has such a wonderful 'ambiance', so much nicer than London (though I admit that has its good points). I'm in Brittany at the moment, though soon to go back home to Somerset.

      I didn't realise there was a Fête des Vendanges. That must be good up in the Montmartre area.

      I took my granddaughter to Paris one Summer's day; we had a great time, did a lot of walking and saw so much. Love using the Batobus which is superb value for money.

      Great hub with some good suggestions and interesting info. Lovely photos too.