The autumn leaves in Paris city turns yellow, orange, red, as well as gold in October-November. The fall foliage is a gorgeous variety of color that looks great against the pretty parks and sublime architecture in the City of Lights. You will get clear blue-sky days, ideal for an outdoor stroll and even warm up in a café. Below are five of the best locations to explore the fall season foliage when on Paris private tours. As the Albert Camus quote goes, “Autumn is a second spring where every leaf is a flower,” this is the best time to explore Paris.
Parc Des Buttes-Chaumont
This verdant green public park in northwestern Paris is sprawled across 61-acre. The hilly area is dotted with about fifty varieties of exotic and local trees, plants, and shrubs. There is an artificial lake, grottoes, picturesque bridges, cascading waterfalls, landscaped slopes, and elevated lookouts to explore here.
Another sight to walk around here is The Temple de la Sibylle, perched on top of a cliff. This is one of the biggest parks in the capital city with many spaces to kick back in private. You will also find views above the Montmartre from a grassy perch in the park. There are many restaurants in Parc Des Buttes-Chaumont too, offering delicious bites and an array of drinks, including wine. Yet fall usually tempts photographers to capture reflections of golden and yellow foliage in the lake.
Jardin Des Tuileries
The Tuileries Garden resides between the Musée du Louvre and Place de la Concorde. The oldest public garden in the capital city of France is decorative and laid out in a formal French style. It is a picture postcard area, where you can explore dazzling fall foliage, with chic buildings, historic fountains, as well as decorative ponds, urns, and statues in the backdrop.
There are several varieties of trees here; even the metal chairs in the park are pleasing, so you can surely relax and savor the autumn vibes in Jardin Des Tuileries. Another interesting way to explore the fall foliage is to get onto the terrace Café des Marronniers in the garden.
Palais-Royal has a courtyard and garden, which is lined with topiary and beautiful trees. The former royal palace was constructed during the 17th Century for Cardinal Richelieu. The neoclassical building and the property is proximate to the Louvre Museum and has a village-like ambiance. It blends 17th Century arcades with luxury stores with sculptures by the French artist Daniel Buren.
The site is home to romantic, formal gardens as well as many varieties of flowers. So make sure to head to the Jardin du Palais-Royal to see fountains and explore leafy paths. During the fall season, manicured lawns, tidy terraces and boxed hedges in the area become even more picture-worthy.
Bois de Boulogne
The royal French people used to hunt in this former oak forest. Now, these green lungs are an ideal destination to explore the fall foliage during your Paris private tours. Head to the 16th administrative district’s western side to explore acres of park and search for photography opportunities.
The highlights of the park comprise Château de Bagatelle, greenhouses, lakes and leafy paths. You can rent a rowboat and explore the lakes as well, or just stroll or pedal your way through the paths. If you have kids in your tour crew, then make it a point to explore the amusement park Jardin d’Acclimatation. Lush green attractions in the park include botanical and gardens with French style, where trees are colorful during fall.
The William Shakespeare themed garden in its Pre Catelan area comprises trees, flowers, and bushes mentioned in Bard’s plays. In fact, many European artists created paintings based on this park, so it is best to visit Bois de Boulogne during the daytime.
In the past, the Montmartre area in the 18th arrondissement of the French capital was dotted with vineyards and windmills. It still boasts of ivy-clad structures and appealing trees. The hilly quarter is home to the world-famous Sacré-Cœur Basilica, but that is not all of it. You are sure to skip a beat when you explore the ancient buildings, narrow streets, squares, and parks in and around the Montmartre neighborhood.
Begin your trip at Square Louise Michel, the park expending up along the Montmartre Hill. Then climb up the hundreds of steep steps to the Sared Heart Basilica. Alternatively, you can take the gentle and sloping paths up near the gardens. Regardless, the entire area is a sight for the sore eyes with sublime fall foliage to boot. Trees comprise horse chestnut, fig, magnolia, orange tree, wing nut, and honey locust.
Get to the cobblestoned Place du Tertre in Montmartre, which is flanked by terrace cafes, where you can sip a coffee and watch painters creating portraits of visitors. In addition, make time for a visit to the Montmartre Cemetery for a quieter autumn foliage during your private tours Paris.