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Spring and Easter breaks in Paris

February 12, 2020

5 ideas for spring and Easter breaks in Paris Everyone loves Paris in the springtime. It’s a wonderfully uplifting opportunity to explore the blossom-lined boulevards and feel the sunshine warm the city once more. Here’s what we highly recommend for your next trip.
View of the facade and front gardens of the Musée National Rodin in Paris
© agence photographique du musee Rodin - Jerome Manoukian

A dose of culture

Paris has a wealth of extraordinary museums to choose from and an ever-changing array of exhibitions means there’s always something new to see. The big hitters include the Louvre neighbouring the pretty Tuileries Garden, and the architecturally splendid Fondation Louis Vuitton, set within the expansive Bois de Boulogne.

We also highly recommend lesser-known gems such as the Musée National Rodin and Musée de la Vie Romantique, both of which have attractive gardens.

Art at Musee Rodin in Paris

Stroll along the Seine

From the Eiffel Tower to Île Saint-Louis, strolling along the River Seine is the perfect way to discover Paris. Often called ‘The most beautiful avenue of Paris’, this river will lead you past many of the city’s most famous landmarks. Another great way to discover these sights is to take one of the many river cruises, allowing you to sit back, relax and enjoy the changing cityscape go by at a gentle pace.

Evening shot of the Parisian sky with the Eiffel Tower in the background
© Georgianna Lane
View from afar of the Versailles Gardens with the palace in the background
©Nono Vlf

The splendour of Versailles

Spring sees a glorious return to splendour for the gardens at the world-famous Château de Versailles, just outside Paris. The numerous flowerbeds come back in bloom, adding bright splashes of colour against a backdrop of ornate fountains and impressive waterfalls. Start your day early to ensure you have plenty of time to visit both the palace and its extensive grounds. From April 4 you can also enjoy the popular musical fountain and garden shows.

View from afar of the Versailles Gardens with the palace in the background

An animal adventure

Make the most of the warmer weather with a fun day out at the Paris Zoological Park. Spanning 36 acres of the Bois de Vincennes it forms part of the impressive National Museum of Natural History. As specialists in observing animal behaviour, look out for interesting events such as breakfast with the giraffes and meeting manatees – something the whole family will delight in.

Exotic birds at Parisian Zoo
© F-G Grandin - MNHN
Bridge across water in the gardens at Giverny in Paris
© Fondation Claude Monet Giverny - DR

Journey out to Giverny

The beauty of Claude Monet’s enchanting garden in the picturesque town of Giverny, situated to the north west of Paris, is almost as famous at his much-loved Impressionist paintings. Visit his lovingly kept house and garden before wandering over to see the famous lily pond garden, which gives you a glorious feeling of walking right into one of his artworks. In springtime the garden is at its finest, making this a wonderful trip for art and garden lovers alike.

We’ve lots more ways for you to live like a Parisian.
Take a look at our Reasons to visit Paris in 2022
and read our #DCmoments Paris Guide and #DCmoments Paris Food Guide.

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